RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Elsevier

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Elsevier, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a Q&A with Jean Shipman of Elsevier.

Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management

Online training for librarians to learn the basics of RDM is being developed by a team of librarians.  This peer-to-peer training program is called the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA). Funding for the curriculum development was provided by Elsevier. The online curriculum consists of eight units and will be available to anyone for no charge this fall. Continuing education credit will be offered by Simmons University on a cost-recovery basis.

Who are you and what do you do?

Jean P. Shipman, Vice President for Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Yes, one other meeting.

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

The chance to network with librarians working with RDM.

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

The RDMLA training program under development.

Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?

We want to see librarians be an active member of the research lifecycle at their institutions.

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor University of Arizona Libraries

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, The University of Arizona Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Fernando Rios of The University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona Libraries has close to 200 employees across 10 departments. Since 2011 we’ve provided research data management (RDM) services through the department now known as the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, initially focusing around support for complying with various funder policies. In late 2017, the number of RDM staff increased from one to two, enabling increased support for campus-level needs such as instruction, increased engagement with campus stakeholders on RDM issues (e.g., with university IT), expanded consulting support (including supporting the Open Science Framework), special events such as GIS Day 2018, Love Data Week 2019, and supporting grassroots groups such as Research Bazaar Arizona through organizing the yearly conference held on campus. Supporting funder and publisher data management and sharing policies through RDM services isn’t the only data-related thing the UA Libraries is doing.

Data science is an important growth area for the University and the Libraries are addressing a few areas of support. These include computational literacy (e.g., through R training and regular Software/Data Carpentry workshops), geographic information systems, and reproducible research. For more details on how we’re supporting data science, see Oliver et al. (2019) – open access link is available in our campus repository.  Another area which some of us are actively exploring is what software preservation could look like in the various communities of practice across campus. To that end, we are working with the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive – one of the largest research archives of computer games and paratexts in the world – to determine how cloud-based emulation of gaming platforms may play a role in this circulating archive.

Much like the excitement at the libraries and around campus regarding the “snowstorm” this past February, there is much anticipation around a project already underway which will drastically change the face of the libraries on campus. We are currently undergoing a renovation as part of a major construction project that will link two of the campus libraries in a zone that spans multiple existing and to-be-constructed buildings, integrating library spaces and services with student affairs spaces and services which will allow patrons to move seamlessly between spaces. The concept is called the Student Success District (SSD) and it will bring new collaborative learning spaces, a state-of-the-art makerspace, an AR/VR lab, and a data studio with visualization wall among many other things. The SSD will not only be useful for undergraduate students. It is envisioned that some RDM and other user-facing library services will be accessible in these new dedicated spaces, thereby improving the way many services, including RDM services, are delivered.

Finally, it would be impossible to do all the data-related things we do without all of our great colleagues within the Libraries. Make sure to get to know some of the stories behind the people that keep the lights on and ensure that the library is always buzzing with activity. From authors to former fire eaters, we have it all. So, by sharing a bit about who we are and what data stuff we do, we hope to give the RDAP community a small glimpse of what excites and motivates us to grow and be the best library we can be.

Fernando Rios, Research Data Management Specialist

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Iowa State University Library

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Iowa State University Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Megan O’Donnell of Iowa State University.

Iowa State University is driven by its mission to create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. The University Library is an integral component of this charge and its programs and initiatives, such as DataShare, Iowa State’s new open data repository, are a testament to that.

DataShare, which launched in February, creates exciting opportunities for the library to serve local and international researchers. For the first time, scholars across the world can access data from Iowa State researchers in one central location, increasing public access to research data and advancing scientific knowledge. Institutional data repositories like DataShare are key to supporting local research with national and international reach.

In addition to DataShare, the University Library offers workshops on data management and best practices and works on making these into Open Educational Resource (OER) materials through its digital press and digital repository.  

RDAP Summit 2019 attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look into DataShare’s development process during a presentation by Megan O’Donnell, Data Services librarian. O’Donnell played a crucial role in designing and implementing the repository.

Iowa State University Library is a campus leader in data management and a proud sponsor of RDAP, which provides an important forum for librarians and data practitioners to meet and exchange ideas and research.

For more information about DataShare, visit iastate.figshare.com, or contact Megan O’Donnell at mno@iastate.edu  or on Twitter @mega_no.

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor IASSIST

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, IASSIST, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from IASSIST Membership Committee Chair Jen Doty.

The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2019 RDAP Summit. IASSIST was founded in 1974 as an international organization of professionals working with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Our members work in data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations around the world.

As the RDAP community knows, data are larger than the social sciences. IASSIST wants to leverage our unique expertise in the social sciences to help benefit all data professionals and support open science. We advocate for responsible data management and use. We aim to build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals. Amongst its members, IASSIST facilitates rich networking opportunities.

There is much complementary development of research data management best practices happening across the RDAP and IASSIST communities, and I’m pleased to be a member of both groups. As the current IASSIST Membership Committee Chair, and a past planning committee member for both the RDAP Summit and IASSIST Annual Conference, I see opportunities for our two professional associations to collaborate, move data conversations forward together, and expand our professional networks.

As always, we welcome RDAP members to check out IASSIST by attending the IASSIST conference — this year taking place “down under” in Sydney. I know that there are many IASSIST members especially those from North America, attending the RDAP Summit in Miami. This year’s RDAP Summit program is stacked with interesting topics and I’m looking forward to another event full of lively conversation and opportunities to meet new colleagues and catch up with familiar faces! 

Jen Doty
IASSIST Membership Committee Chair
Research Data Librarian, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Cornell University Library

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Cornell University Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Amelia Kallaher of Cornell University.

My name is Amelia Kallaher and I’m the Applied Social Sciences Librarian at the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University. I work with faculty and students around data discovery, data visualization, public policy-related research, and information and data literacy within the social science fields. Additionally, I’m a consultant for Cornell University’s Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG). 

The RDMSG is a collaborative, campus-wide organization that assists with creating and implementing data management plans, applying best practices for managing data, and finding data management services at any stage of the research process.1 The RDMSG’s broad range of science, policy, data, and information technology experts provide timely and professional assistance for the creation and implementation of data management plans, and help researchers find specialized data management services they require at any stage of the research process, including initial exploration, data gathering, analysis and description, long term preservation and access.2 

This will be my first time attending an RDAP. As an early career librarian, I’m excited to participate at the Summit in order to learn from others, engage with colleagues on potential projects and professional development opportunities, contribute my knowledge, and grow in my role around research data support. In my quest to find my professional home, my goal is to attend a variety of data conferences so I can “find my tribe” of librarians with similar interests. 

At this year’s Summit, I’m most looking forward to meeting other data librarians, networking, and having conversations about what they’re doing back at their library or university campus around supporting data services. I find attending small to medium sized conferences the best way to have these conversations and meet future collaborators because we’re not all running around a large convention center trying to find the room for the next session we want to hear from. I feel the RDAP Summit will be an excellent venue for meeting other data librarians and having quality conversations around ideas and projects. I am very excited to hear Julie Goldman’s (Harvard University) lightening talk “Building a Carpentries Community”, to see the poster from UC San Diego’s “Keeping up with The Carpentries” as well as Timothy B Norris and Chris Mader’s (University of Miami) poster “The Pulley Ridge Data Curation Experience”. 3 

Currently, I’m beginning work on creating a 1 credit social science data course in Canvas, a learning management system, for undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell University. This is a very exciting project to start working on and I’m looking forward to talking with colleagues at RDAP who may have taught 1 credit courses before on data related topics and to learn from their experiences. Also, I’m looking forward to pitching this idea and seeing if there are any interested librarians who would want to collaborate on creating this course so that it could become a template that may be used not only at Cornell University but other institutions as well. I’m especially interested in hearing from any librarians about possible Open Educational Resources (OERs) that exist or may need to be created that could support this course. 

Cornell University Library has been sponsoring RDAP for the past few years and it’s become a key venue for a lot of our data librarians’ professional development. I’m glad for the opportunity to join this legacy and look forward to attending the 2019 RDAP Summit. Being a sponsor of RDAP has always been a very important opportunity to Cornell University as the institution values research data management as a core service and knowledge provider for its researchers, faculty, and students. 


  1. https://data.research.cornell.edu/
  2. https://data.research.cornell.edu/content/about
  3. https://rdapassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RDAP_fullprogram.pdf