RDAP Town Hall: Proposed Bylaw Amendments

RDAP Town Hall: Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Join us for a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11am PDT/12pm MDT/1pm CDT/2 pm EDT on a draft of proposed amendments to the RDAP Association bylaws.

The current bylaws can be found on RDAP’s OSF site: https://osf.io/3p9ew/ . A Google Doc with the proposed amendments will be shared closer to the Town Hall. 

Meeting information was sent to RDAP members via email. Not currently a member? Join today! Already a member but didn’t get the email with meeting details? Contact us!

Questions or concerns? Use the Contact Us form. Looking forward to talking with you all at the Town Hall! 

Call for Submissions: RDAP 2020 Special Issue

Call for Submissions: RDAP 2020 Special Issue

The Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP) and the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) are pleased to continue their partnership and announce that there will be a Special Issue published by JeSLIB for the 2020 RDAP Summit.

The 2020 Special Issue will focus on the Summit’s themes, “Connecting Through Data”, considering how different communities are impacted by our systems, technology, values, and practices, who our communities are by and for, and to look at data services through a critical lens.

This is an open submissions call, and we encourage all presenters (talk, poster, presentation), especially first-time presenters, to submit. We are also encouraging new and veteran RDAP Summit attendees to write and submit Commentaries to the special issue – it’s a great way to jump into scholarly publishing! Guidelines for authors can be found at https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html. Please read and follow these instructions carefully when preparing your manuscript.

Need help getting started? Thea Atwood and Kristine Lee gave a wonderful presentation at RDAP 2019 on “Turning Your Poster or Presentation into an Article.” View their super helpful slides: https://tufts.box.com/s/ndnlczxgkenb7480d4wf5ln8zuq5u9wd  

To submit your paper, go to https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jeslib

Your manuscript will be subject to a full, double-blind peer review process and copy editing. Commentaries are not peer reviewed but are read and edited by the guest editors and editor-in-chief.

Along with submitting the paper you should also submit a cover letter clearly explaining the paper’s premise and additional changes or submissions made to presentation content when writing the paper.

The schedule for this special issue is as follows:

  • June 5, 2020 – Submission deadline
  • June 8 – July 31, 2020 – Peer review and notification of decision
  • September 11, 2020 – Revised manuscript deadline
  • September 2020 – Copyediting
  • October 2020 – Processing and publication

Please note acceptance of all articles/commentaries is not guaranteed, although we hope that all authors whose manuscripts are of high quality will be accepted.

JeSLIB Editorial Team

Regina Raboin, Editor-in-Chief, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sally Gore, Associate Editor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Julie Goldman, Managing Editor, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Palmer, Distribution Editor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

RDAP Town Hall “Ask Me Anything” webinar – Using APIs for Non-Programmers

RDAP Town Hall “Ask Me Anything” webinar – Using APIs for Non- Programmers

Application programming interfaces — “APIs” — are a key way that systems make functionality and detailed information available. Long available only to software developers, modern APIs are quite accessible to the human user, even those with no programming skills! This webinar will cover:

  • why you might want to access APIs
  • how to formulate API requests using a web browser
  • how to do the same using other freely available tools
  • how to interpret and work with responses
  • how to translate API documentation to API requests
  • examples of APIs drawn from repository, preprint, and identifier systems
  • next steps to crawling information from APIs

The webinar is specifically targeted at those working in libraries and library-like settings, who may want or even need to access APIs, but who have no programming or command line experience.

Greg Janée is director of the Data Curation Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a certified Carpentry instructor. He’s been a researcher and developer in the areas of digital libraries and digital preservation for over twenty years. As a software developer, most recently he was principal developer of the California Digital Library’s EZID persistent identifier service; earlier, he was principal developer of UCSB’s Alexandria Digital Library, Gazetteer Protocol, and related technologies.

Please join your RDAP colleagues on April 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EST for the RDAP Town Hall “Ask Me Anything” series webinar “Using APIs for Non-Programmers”.


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Announcing the New RDAP Logo!

Announcing the New RDAP Logo!

As many of you are aware, the discussion around the RDAP logo has been ongoing for a number of years. A logo is important for a professional organization for a number of reasons: 

  • to provide a visual identity for the RDAP community across platforms and communication methods, 
  • to solidify the RDAP Association brand and leverage that brand to demonstrate investment and sustainability to potential partners
  • to maintain rights to our brand over time via trademark, and more. 

With this in mind, RDAP Leadership prioritized the logo redesign for the 2019-2020 fiscal year as a strategic goal for the sustainability of the organization. 

RDAP Leadership worked with Project7 Design to complete the redesign of the logo. With their help, Leadership conveyed RDAP Association’s values, mission, and community to P7, who  provided options that showcased different aspects of the RDAP Association. Ultimately, RDAP Leadership selected a logo that reflects that many pieces necessary to make up the whole of our incredible community. This logo provides a timeless and inclusive brand for the RDAP Association community. 

Without further introduction, here’s our new logo!

Our website and social media will begin to reflect our new logo and we’ll hope you’ll join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter for RDAP! Be sure to share your excitement using the #RDAP20 hashtag or mention us and we’ll be sure to retweet you!

Data Management for GIS projects

Data Management for GIS projects

The next webinar in our RDAP “Ask me Anything” town hall series is entitled “Data Management for GIS projects”, and is jointly sponsored by RDAP and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). UCGIS will host this webinar.

Webinar Description: With federal and other funding agencies wanting to ensure long term access to research output, data management planning for GIS projects has great importance. This webinar shares insight on lessons learned through GIS projects and highlights best practices for different steps in project exploration and creation. Also in this webinar a geology researcher using GIS techniques and collecting geospatial data will explain how she communicated her use of best practices through a data management plan for a successfully funded NSF grant. Attendees will understand the importance of well written data management plans, how to put those plans into action through implementing data management planning and reproducible research best practices, and how library engagement can help with data management planning.

Presenters: Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati; Jennifer Latessa, University of Cincinnati; and Paula Figueiredo, North Carolina State University

Please register for Data Management for GIS Projects on Feb 26, 2020 2:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7664982934109934348

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About UC–GIS: The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit organization that creates and supports communities of practice for GIScience research, education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions. We are the professional hub for the academic GIS community in the United States, with partnerships extending this capacity abroad. Check to see if your institution is a member – https://www.ucgis.org/members