RDAP Antiracism Statement

RDAP Antiracism Statement

This year has presented the world, and the United States in particular, with constant reminders of the systemic racism built into our society. This includes the heightened xenophobia and racism that the Asian community has experienced in relation to COVID-19, to police violence against Black and African Americans, and health disparities with COVID-19 that include Latinx and First Nations Communities. While those of us who are not part of these groups will never understand the impact that this situation has on you, these events are causing us to think more about how we support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in and through the RDAP Association. As a new professional organization, we have a long way to go in this area. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a pillar of our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.

The RDAP Executive Board would like to offer our members resources they can use to educate themselves about and take action against racism in the United States in general. However, we also must consider the impact of systematic racism in our work. A few examples are listed below:

RDAP is taking action by donating $250 to Data 4 Black Lives, an organization that does advocacy in these areas. We are also undergoing a website redesign and would welcome community input on diversity and antiracism resources that we can include. Please use our Contact Us form to suggest resources for our new website or any other ideas about this topic you would like to share.

The RDAP Board,

  • Tobin Magle (President) 
  • Jennifer Darragh (Vice President)
  • Joanna Thielen (Secretary)
  • Chris Eaker (Treasurer)
  • Erica Johns (Past President)

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!