Things to Do and See in Seattle

Whether it’s your first trip to Seattle or you’re a recurring visitor, there are always things to do in our (beautiful) region. The conference hotel is conveniently situated in Seattle’s central business district, which means there are many nearby (and seemingly endless) options for food and entertainment.

For many, a trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a stop at Pike Place Market. Less than a mile from the conference hotel, the market provides many quick food options, sit-down restaurants, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish/meats, as well as local crafts. Victor Steinbrueck Park offers stunning views of the water, and you may see a ferry coming in.

Seattle has so many amazing restaurants that it’s difficult to pick only a few. Some standouts include:

  • Steelhead Diner is located in Pike Place Market and specializes in seafood, but has many other delicious options.

  • Lowell’s, in the market, is a another Seattle institution — especially for breakfast. Order at the counter and go up to the third floor for unparalleled views of Elliott Bay. They’ll bring you your food when it’s ready.

  • Serving delicious Taiwanese dumplings and other specialities, check out Din Tai Fung in Pacific Place.

  • Purple Cafe is a wine bar and restaurant that is good for a happy hour or a meal for a larger group.

  • Wild Ginger is a well-known Asian fusion restaurant that, like Purple, can accommodate a larger dine-around.

  • Into oysters? Check out Taylor Shellfish, Elliott’s Oyster House, or (with a cab ride) Walrus & Carpenter.

  • Westlake Center has a rotating selection of food trucks.

  • And for dessert, Gelatiamo is delicious!

If you’re a cocktail person, don’t miss one of Seattle’s fun (and delicious) bars. These are all <1 miles from the hotel, easily accessible with a brisk walk or a quick ride service (taxi, uber, lyft):

If you’d like to take in some of the local sights, make sure to put one of these stops on your list:

If you’re looking for local happenings, check out The Stranger’s list of Things to Do: Art, music, food, sports + rec — it’s all there.

If you have a half or full day to explore:

  • So. Many. Wineries. If you’ve got a day (and a ride or a car), take a trip out to Woodinville, and visit a few of the many wineries and distilleries that fill this town 20 miles northeast of Seattle.

A Word With Our Sponsor: Figshare

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

Figshare: Figshare is a platform where researchers can upload, manage and share their research data. We provide a research data management platform that helps universities, publishers, and funders control the storage, preservation and release of digital objects created by their researchers. The platform is currently used by over 50 partners globally including Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Melbourne, Stockholm University, PLOS, Springer Nature, and the Wellcome Trust.

We decided to support RDAP because research data management, access, and preservation are central to our mission. We supported the conference last year and we found it to be extremely useful because the audience is engaged in the space that we work in on a daily basis. It’s good to come and share ideas with like-minded people.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

Figshare: We serve a wide range of communities but our core audience is any researcher or organisation with an interest in publishing research data. Figshare has three core offerings: a free tool that allows researchers to upload and share their research, a publisher offering that serves as infrastructure for non-traditional research outputs (data!), and an institutional offering that extends functionality to scale at the university level to meet far larger research and funder requirements.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

Figshare: Figshare was born out of the frustration of our founder, Mark Hahnel. When he was a researcher, there was no easy way to share and get credit for most of the research he was doing. As a stem cell biologist, his data included videos and some spreadsheet data, but there was no way to include this in published articles at the time.

Our core mission from the start has been to support and advance best practices for research data. Every feature of the platform is built with that in mind. In the early days it was simple things like making sure it was easy for researchers to upload files. We put user experience first and tried to give researchers instant rewards like giving all research outputs a DOI, making it easy to cite public data, and marking up our content so it is easily discoverable across different search engines. More recently, we have provided metrics features like tracking scores, citation counts, and providing reporting dashboards to give researchers feedback on how and where their data is being used and/or reused.

In 2017, we’ll be continuing to work with the community to develop more advanced features in line with FAIR data principles (see more at:, expanding our metadata schemas, creating a white label edition of Figshare, giving our customers greater control over branding, and continued work on integrations with a wide range of platforms to allow for the free flow of data between systems without the need for manual intervention.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

Figshare: Last year we conducted a survey of over 2,000 researchers which culminated in our State of Open Data report, so we have some data on what the challenges will be in 2017.

Education is still one of the biggest issues – researchers don’t know how ‘open’ they have to make their data. 60% of respondents were unsure about the licensing conditions under which they shared their data. As you are probably aware, applying the wrong license to data can inhibit the reuse possibilities for other researchers and put them in conflict with their funder, institutional, or publisher public access policies. We still have a lot of work to do on providing researchers with a basic understanding of what is required of them to make their data open. 25% didn’t know their institution’s requirements and 31% do not know about publisher requirements.

Engagement is also another area of focus for us at Figshare. They say “build it and they will come” – this definitely doesn’t apply to researchers and data repositories. Once we go live at an institution we have a full program of activities aimed at engaging researchers of all career levels and disciplines. This dovetails with the education that is required to provide a wide range of onsite or remote training programs, whether it’s training the administrators or the researchers themselves. We also have a support site with training videos. We provide a wide range of literature, co-branded “getting started” brochures, case studies from a wide-range of disciplines, API documentation, and reports like the State of Open Data.

We are also seeing more research data systems coming into the space which is great, but makes FAIR data principles even more important. Ideally we want to get to a stage where we can collate and query all the openly available relevant datasets regardless of which platform they live on. This places a large amount of importance on platforms having decent APIs.

We’ve been working in this space for many years now and we have seen incredible change in attitude and policy in a short amount of time, but we are still along way off an open data utopia.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit is strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

Figshare: RDAP has two strong advantages over some of the other conferences we attend:

1 – It is platform agnostic, regardless of the system you are using at your institution whether it’s open source, a commercial solution or home built there is a place for you to speak. It’s more focused on tackling the issues that researchers, data librarians and data professionals face on a day to day basis and advancing the space; it’s not just a technology showcase.

2 – Practical advice to apply right now. There are a lot of talks that give advice and examples of things the attendees can take away and do today; a lot of the ideas around engagement don’t require big budget just some creativity. Many at RDAP are the sole research data representative at their institution, so this conference gives everyone a chance to get together and share cool ideas. It gives us all a chance to take a break from the day-to-day and think big picture with other data professionals. We attend other conferences which are future gazing and tackling tomorrow’s problems. While those conferences are also important, we feel RDAP focuses on the current issues.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

Figshare: If you work with Figshare you don’t just get a modern research data management platform, you have a full team of people who will work with you to make sure your project is a success.

Figshare for Institutions allows schools to whitelabel the figshare infrastructure. If anyone would like to learn more we have a workshop afternoon on the Friday of RDAP. It’s free and you can get more practical examples of how Figshare works.

A Word With Our Sponsor: IASSIST

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

IASSIST: The International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology, better known as IASSIST, is a professional organization for people who work with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences and beyond. IASSIST supports RDAP because we share common goals and believe in supporting networks of data professionals. Our goal is to help bring people together to share stories and make friends in order to improve data services, advance research infrastructures, and exchange best practices.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

IASSIST: IASSIST is for anyone who works with research data, anywhere. We are an international organization and serve people who work in diverse sectors such as academia, government, non-profit, and the private sector in a variety of professional roles including information specialists, librarians, technology professionals, and data archivists. IASSIST has a strong tradition of bringing together experts in social science data and in recent years we have seen our membership expand to include people working with all kinds of data from different disciplinary areas including the health sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. We represent both producers and users of data, specialists who preserve and manage data, providers of support for secondary data users, and methodologists and computing specialists who advance technical methods to manipulate and analyze social data.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

IASSIST: We provide a support network for research data professionals. The IASSIST annual conference provides an opportunity to meet colleagues and share best practices. Our listserv, IASSIST-L, is very active. It gives people a place to share news and keep current, as well as ask questions. IASSIST members are really helpful and willing to share their expertise with one another. We also foster topical interest groups that allow members to engage in sustained discussions about particular issues and create shared resources. Finally, IASSIST operates a peer-reviewed journal, the IASSIST Quarterly which publishes and disseminates literature and provides an outlet for members to contribute to the scholarly conversation.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

IASSIST: As data services and data management have become increasingly important, there is a need to collaborate and build bridges between work being done in different disciplinary areas. We all have a lot to learn from each other. The IASSIST 2017 conference theme, “Data in the Middle: The Common Language of Research,” is about making these connections and bringing people together to work on common problems. The hot topic right now is “data rescue,” prompted by the U.S. presidential administration change and we are planning a special Birds-of-a-Feather session at our upcoming conference to discuss these issues. However, data preservation and access has always been an important concern.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

IASSIST: The RDAP Summit is a fabulous venue to bring people together! IASSIST is really excited to sponsor RDAP because we share many of the same goals and people can benefit from multiple opportunities to meet, present, and discuss. IASSIST has an international scope and covers a very broad range of data services communities. There are multiple tracks for people, so you can find your core group or expand your horizons.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

IASSIST: We welcome all data professionals and provide a year-round support group through our active listserv in addition to our annual conference. If you are looking to get involved and expand your network, IASSIST is a great organization to join!

Submitted by:
Hailey Mooney
IASSIST Membership Chair
Psychology & Sociology Librarian
University of Michigan Library

A Word From Our Sponsor: DLF

The Digital Library Federation, now in its 21st year, strives to be an ever more inclusive community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.

Through programs like our CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation and DLF eResearch Network (currently seeking teams for its 2017 cohort!), scholars and practitioners are exploring the shared characteristics of data across disciplines while seeking to establish best practices for data. Our postdoctoral fellows and eRN cohorts actively participate in and learn from the RDAP community. And we’re especially excited about RDAP this year because DLF is supporting the first annual Endangered Data Week, which is happening at the same time as the RDAP conference!

More about DLF:

DLF is a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members, and all who are invested in the success of libraries, museums, and archives in the digital age. We promote:

  • Open digital library standards, software, interfaces, infrastructure, and best practices
  • Digital stewardship and curation, including research data management and aggregation and preservation services for digital collections
  • Digital humanities and other practices and services that expand access to resources and open new opportunities for research, teaching, and learning
  • Education, professional development, lifelong learning, and the growth of the field
  • Strengthened connections among digital library practitioners and allied or related professions, sectors, and areas of research
  • The social contexts and impact of digital library work
  • Community-driven frameworks for policy advocacy, professional standards, ethics, issues of representation and diversity, labor, inclusion, and other matters of concern to digital library practitioners and the people and publics we serve

Our in-person meetings (including the annual DLF Forum) and our year-round working groups provide opportunities for DLF members to collaborate and get stuff done. Meanwhile, DLF staff and their colleagues at CLIR design and administer supportive programs that meet community needs.

We do this through our support for groups, large and small, who use DLF as a framework — from active interest groups in topics like digital library assessment, pedagogy, and project management; to our hosting of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and all of its programs, our DLF eResearch Network and the Code4Lib list; to our sponsorship and support for an ever-changing array of conferences and events; and our fostering of digital library communities of practice, as among liberal arts colleges and museum libraries in our membership.

We invite the RDAP community to explore DLF’s resources at and consider institutional membership.

RDAP17 Early Bird registration closing soon!

Early Bird registration for the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17), April 19-21, Seattle, WA is closing soon! Be sure to take advantage of the lowest rate RDAP has ever been able to offer (only $190!) by registering by Friday, February 3rd:

RDAP17 will offer a diverse set of topics and presenters cutting across disciplines, institutions, and roles involved with the major challenges of providing access to and preserving research data. Panels, posters, lightning talks, institutional snapshots, and problem tables will provide greater opportunities for engagement with the community. The full program is available here:

In addition to the regular program, RDAP17 is hosting two incredibly affordable workshops on “A Friendly Introduction to GitHub” ($25) and “Building and Utilizing Rubrics for Assessment of Data Management Plans” (free):

Don’t forget to register online for a room at the conference hotel, the Renaissance Seattle, by March 28th. We have secured a special discount rate of $189/night, single or double occupancy:

We hope to see you in Seattle for the best RDAP yet!

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