Meet our Sponsors: Elsevier: Jean and Anita

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

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Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Today’s interviewees are Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations and Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations from Elsevier

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

We are with Elsevier, a science publisher and information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve research performance.

Within Elsevier, we play different roles in two units.

Jean: “I am a conduit of information between Elsevier and librarians around the world. As a retired medical library director, I bring over 37 years of library experience to this position, along with my knowledge from serving as the Medical Library Association president from 2006-2007. I have also engaged with researchers, innovators, and faculty who have data management needs.”

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Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations, Elsevier

Anita: “As VP Research Data Collaborations I work for the Research Data Services group which is involved with developing interoperable data management solutions. These include the open data platform Mendeley Data (, the online electronic lab notebook Hivebench (, and the data search engine DataSearch ( I focus on enhancing and enabling open science collaborations between academics, researchers, and communities of practice to Elsevier’s content collections, tools and platforms. I also co-founded the multi-stakeholder organization Force11, and am actively involved in the Research Data Alliance, the AGU FAIR Data group, the National Data Service and the Science Gateways conference.”

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Jean: “This will be my first RDAP Summit.”

Anita: “I attended my first RDAP Summit last year, and was very impressed.”

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

Jean: “Meeting others interested in data management and science.”

Anita: “Of the hundreds of conferences I’ve attended in my career, I have never heard people listen so well to each other. That’s what struck me most about RDAP, and I’m very excited to go back and partake in more listening. I am particularly interested in hearing practical, workfloor experiences of librarians regarding research data management practices. This practice is changing and evolving very rapidly, and at RDAP this evolution comes to the fore.”

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

Jean: “Elsevier has many solutions to address the needs of researchers along the research lifecycle. It is fun to learn how these tools can be applied.”

Anita: “I am thrilled to see how the diversity of contributors to open scholarship and open science is extending organically. Initiatives such as Data Carpentry and Library Carpentry are supporting librarians in joining these development. This is changing how science and scholarship are conducted, communicated, and shared. It is allowing new voices at the table, and new groups to join the discourse.”

Q: What else should the RDAP community know about you and Elsevier?

Jean: “I’m eager to learn of librarians’ needs as they related to research data and researcher partnerships.”

Anita: “We are very committed to serving and improving scholarship, and the data library community is at the forefront. Change is afoot, in many ways, and we believe that we can be a constructive partner in the many new directions data and information science scholars and practitioners are spearheading. We want to hear what we need to do to help make this vision a reality.”

Research Access and Preservation 2018 Summit (RDAP18) Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, which will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21-23, 2018.


To view the program/schedule and register please visit:

This national conference will feature panel presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and a poster session reception. Managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers will gather to explore topics in the following areas:

  • Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics

  • Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution

  • FAIR vs. Friction

  • Intersection of Publishing and Data

  • Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias

  • Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker: Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will address the Summit attendees. More information will be forthcoming.

March 23 is our Workshop/Demo day with additional sessions led by data organizations and experts.

This year, RDAP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB). Selected RDAP proposals (posters and presenters) will also be invited to submit their work for publication in JeSLIB. JeSLIB is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes full-length papers, eScience in Action articles, reviews, and video articles. First time RDAP attendees are also encouraged to submit commentaries for publication in JeSLIB. Members of JeSLIB’s editorial board and RDAP’s Proceedings subcommittee will be selecting and inviting presentations and posters for submissions. However any and all attendees and/or presenters are encouraged to submit their scholarly work to the Journal of eScience Librarianship.
(See JeSLIB’s Guidelines for Authors

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at #RDAP18 and on the RDAP Facebook page.


Questions? Please contact RDAP chairs: Amy Neeser ( & Jon Petters (


Webinar: How Researchers Use Open Source Tools to Facilitate Collaboration


January 23, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern


Host: Jennifer Freeman Smith

This webinar will explore how researchers use new technologies to manage their workflows, facilitate collaboration, and share aspects of their work. Panelists will present examples of different research teams’ collaborative processes, including how they managed roles, archived study materials, and made sharing determinations. They will also describe how the choice of tools allows them to have insight into the active research process and consult on preservation and discovery. The researchers profiled all use the Open Science Framework ( ) as a collaborative research platform to house their diverse project materials, along with other related cloud-based platforms.


 Register here



Andi Ogier and Dr. Anne Brown of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech will showcase an example of a research lab’s OSF project that provides standard operating procedures, scripts, and collaborative project details as well as training materials for students. This lab trains student-scientists in data collection and management, in addition to giving them the ability to present and organize projects in ways that are accessible to their peers, collaborators, and the general public.

Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University. She’ll be discussing integrating coding workflows with the OSF, and publishing complete research projects (code, data, documentation, manuscript).

Natalie Meyers is an E-Research Librarian at University of Notre Dame’s Center for Digital Scholarship. She’ll present examples from a malaria project on vector disease modeling, a distributed pharmaceutical analysis laboratory project, a high energy physics project, and an IMLS planning grant project.

A Word With Our Sponsor: Purdue University Libraries

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

Purdue: Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), strives to be at the forefront of academic librarianship and help to redefine the role of the academic research library in learning, discovery, and engagement. Libraries faculty and staff are deeply involved in information literacy instruction and instructional design, redefining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, data management, and global outreach. We recognize the breadth and depth of librarians working in areas related to research data and preservation. We see sponsoring RDAP as our way of recognizing and appreciating the work, networking, and collaborations that goes on at the Summit.

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

Purdue: Purdue Libraries primarily serves the undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of an R01 research university which is known for its STEM focus (around here we say STEAM, and the A stands for Agriculture). We serve a campus of 30,000 undergrad and 9,500 graduate students from 128 countries, as well as a faculty and staff population of almost 17,000. The Libraries is also an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite.

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

Purdue: We have a two-pronged, multi-fold approach. We have a Research Data unit, comprised of eight members who provide support for the Purdue University Research Repository; support liaisons who engage disciplinary researchers in data; and provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction to multiple stakeholders, as well as to supplement liaisons. Many of the liaisons also provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction. Best practices for research data management and curation are advanced by working directly with researchers and the labs to integrate standards and skills into workflows and projects. Additionally, collaborations with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), as well as others, are critical to collaborating across campus.

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

Purdue: There are several, e.g., moving from static two-page DMPs to active DMPs that implement management into workflows; promoting and implementing (still) standards—from identifiers to citation to discovery metadata; and teaching—general data literacy to undergraduate students and practical and applied data management to graduate students.

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?

Purdue: RDAP has a more practical/practitioner focus than some research-oriented conferences, and has an “un-conference” feel to it, designed to encourage and even provoke conversation and work together to solve challenges we all face.

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

Purdue: Purdue Libraries faculty and staff have enjoyed working with individuals, groups, and libraries—nationally and internationally—around practices, services, and tools related to data management and curation. We would like to continue partnering and building relationships. We’re all in this together, and in many ways these are still early times.

A Word With Our Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NER/PNR)

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

NNLM: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services. NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that provides data to millions of scientists, health professionals and members of the public around the globe. In today’s increasingly digital world, NLM carries out its mission of enabling biomedical research through:

  • Acquiring, organizing, and preserving the world’s scholarly biomedical literature

  • Funding advanced research in biomedical informatics and data science

  • Supporting training and career development, including pre- and post-doctoral research training in biomedical informatics and data science, and specialized training for librarians

 The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) program is operated by eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) under a cooperative agreement grant with NLM. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The RMLs support more than 6,000 member organizations in the NNLM that connect researchers, health professionals and the public with health information resources and data. Membership in the NNLM is free, and benefits include access to a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers, specialized training opportunities, and funding.

In this era of open science and data driven discovery, new programs and services of the NNLM will support NLM/NIH priorities for biomedical “Big Data”. Two RMLs in the NNLM from the New England Region and the Pacific Northwest Region are sponsoring RDAP in hopes of engaging attendees in future directions of the NLM and gaining insight on how the network can provide data resources to fit regional needs.

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

NNLM: The NLM is open to all and has many services and resources. Primary users include librarians, researchers, health professionals, patients, and the general public. The outreach efforts of the NNLM connect these groups with the quality health information resources and services available from NLM.

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

NNLM: The NNLM specifically seeks to provide innovative training to data scientists, data sophisticated researchers, data informed clinicians, and data librarians. We understand there is a need for talented workforces to drive high quality research and data production, reuse and interoperability.

To that end, the NNLM is building a community of practice of librarians and other information professionals who have knowledge of Research Data Management (RDM) practices, services and tools that support the management of research data across the lifecycle. Each of the eight RMLs in the NNLM collaborate on strategies to promote research data management, data literacy or data science-related teaching and learning. Some examples include: compiling a LibGuide of data management resources for librarians; developing and launching a data management/data literacy blog series; collaborating on presentations or workshops on data management or data literacy topics for state or regional librarian conferences; and conducting a needs assessment for a web portal built by librarians targeted for researchers (what researchers need to know about RDM and how librarians can fit into those needs and their workflows).

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

NNLM: A few challenges facing data professionals in 2017 include:

  • Defining and discovering high level datasets, and promoting the use of standards to improve information quality.

  • There is a shift from preservation to use for discovery. We can not preserve everything. Therefore preservation strategies must have a clear purpose.

  • Attention to privacy and data integrity issues as there is more and more pressure to combine data sets and use data in real time.

  • Keeping on top of the relationship between researchers and the public in an age of distrust of “fact”.

  • Keeping on top of the extremely rapid pace of change in data that are available, and technologies to harvest and analyze them.

  • Developing collaborative relationships rather than working in silos.

  • Fitting the demands of data curation into researchers’ busy work flow.

  • Finding the motivation to effectively curate and share their data. Very few if any incentives currently exist to motivate researchers to manage and share their data.

  • Realistically estimating the expense, both in time and money, that will be required to manage their data or purchase existing data.

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?

NNLM: RDAP Summit draws leaders in the field of data management, repository management, and other roles related to researchers and their data. It also draws attendees of all shapes and sizes: small ideas, large ideas; collaborations, solo work; federal, non-federal; repository, no repository. This great community always seems to provide timely presentations and topics, and provide stimulating and engaging conversations.

Compared to other conferences, RDAP provides a smaller venue for experts to come together, and work together to continue expanding data driven programs and services. RDAP captures the essence of ‘team science’.

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

NNLM: The NNLM has a unique role in connecting people to resources and expertise by serving as hubs for regional biomedical research and data expertise, linked in one national network. With 6,000 members in the NNLM, the RMLs can build research data management capacity at a local level, with national support and resources of the NLM, to help librarians, researchers and clinicians manage, use, and reuse data.