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 https://diglib.org/ 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: https://www.asist.org/rdap/registration-faq/

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: https://www.asist.org/rdap/program-2017/

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): https://www.asist.org/rdap/program-2017/#workshops

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: http://bit.ly/2jZtgsJ

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

Follow all of the RDAP17 news via these channels:

Website – https://www.asist.org/rdap/
Twitter – @RDAPSummit and #RDAP17
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ResearchDataAccessPreservation/
Listserv – http://mail.asis.org/mailman/listinfo/rdap

We are now accepting proposals for RDAP17 posters, lightning talks, and more!

The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, to be held April 19-21, 2017, in Seattle, WA, invites applications from managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers, for poster presentations, lightning talks, and “institutional snapshots” as described below.

Also, new this year, we invite attendees to “bring your current data challenge” to RDAP and discuss with other attendees to address, or begin to address, your challenge! This is described in more detail in the form.

Please submit proposals via https://goo.gl/forms/lf1kFcC2eIj6Ft4H2 by January 13th. All submissions will receive notification by January 27th.

To view proposal submission form questions prior to submission go to https://goo.gl/7Lz1JH

Questions can be directed to the RDAP Program Chairs, Brianna Marshall (brianna.marshall[at]wisc.edu) and Yasmeen Shorish (shorisyl[at]jmu.edu).

Call for presentation proposals is open!

The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, to be held April 19-21, 2017 in Seattle, WA, invites calls for proposals from managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers.

RDAP 2017 will focus on the theme “Meeting challenges in the data world.”

RDAP will include panels on the topics of curating difficult data, data reusability, publisher perspectives on data, intellectual property issues surrounding data, and digital humanities data. The planning committee is seeking proposals for short presentations that complement these topics in an additional panel.

Potential proposal topics could include:
• Representing data (visually, etc…)
• Privacy/ethics and data
• Data as a commodity
• Teaching data information literacy in curricula
• The role of data curation in data science
• Should data be treated as a collection?
• What happens when physical objects are digitized – what kind of stewardship are the digital objects given compared to physical?

Please submit proposals via this form by November 20.

Questions can be directed to the RDAP Program Chairs, Brianna Marshall (brianna.marshall[at]wisc.edu) and Yasmeen Shorish (shorisyl[at]jmu.edu)

Thank you to Purdue University Libraries for sponsoring RDAP17 at the Partner Level!

The RDAP17 Planning Committee, on behalf of the entire RDAP community, would like to give a huge thanks to Purdue University Libraries for sponsoring RDAP17 at the Partner Level! This is the highest level of sponsorship we offer, and we are grateful to everyone at Purdue Libraries for this truly generous support.

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Purdue Libraries’ work in data management and curation started with discussions with researchers about their data in 2004-2006, and took off with a formal study of researchers data sharing with a 2007 IMLS funded study that resulted in the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit and the subsequent DCP Directory.  Further developments included Databib, a catalog of data repositories that has been integrated with re3data.org, and the Data Information Literacy Project, a groundbreaking program to address problems of research data management and curation learning. In 2012 the Libraries formally launched the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), which provides an “end-to-end” solution for data management planning and publishing, and is an institutional collaboration with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP), and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP). The Libraries prides itself on working with librarians all around the world, and sharing its work with others working in data management and curation areas.

It goes without saying that Purdue Libraries has been a true leader in research data management and curation, and we are honored to have them partnering with us to make RDAP17 a massive success! Be sure to look for them in Seattle in April!