A Word With Our Sponsor: IASSIST

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

IASSIST: The International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology, better known as IASSIST, is a professional organization for people who work with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences and beyond. IASSIST supports RDAP because we share common goals and believe in supporting networks of data professionals. Our goal is to help bring people together to share stories and make friends in order to improve data services, advance research infrastructures, and exchange best practices.

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

IASSIST: IASSIST is for anyone who works with research data, anywhere. We are an international organization and serve people who work in diverse sectors such as academia, government, non-profit, and the private sector in a variety of professional roles including information specialists, librarians, technology professionals, and data archivists. IASSIST has a strong tradition of bringing together experts in social science data and in recent years we have seen our membership expand to include people working with all kinds of data from different disciplinary areas including the health sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. We represent both producers and users of data, specialists who preserve and manage data, providers of support for secondary data users, and methodologists and computing specialists who advance technical methods to manipulate and analyze social data.

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

IASSIST: We provide a support network for research data professionals. The IASSIST annual conference provides an opportunity to meet colleagues and share best practices. Our listserv, IASSIST-L, is very active. It gives people a place to share news and keep current, as well as ask questions. IASSIST members are really helpful and willing to share their expertise with one another. We also foster topical interest groups that allow members to engage in sustained discussions about particular issues and create shared resources. Finally, IASSIST operates a peer-reviewed journal, the IASSIST Quarterly which publishes and disseminates literature and provides an outlet for members to contribute to the scholarly conversation.

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

IASSIST: As data services and data management have become increasingly important, there is a need to collaborate and build bridges between work being done in different disciplinary areas. We all have a lot to learn from each other. The IASSIST 2017 conference theme, “Data in the Middle: The Common Language of Research,” is about making these connections and bringing people together to work on common problems. The hot topic right now is “data rescue,” prompted by the U.S. presidential administration change and we are planning a special Birds-of-a-Feather session at our upcoming conference to discuss these issues. However, data preservation and access has always been an important concern.

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?

IASSIST: The RDAP Summit is a fabulous venue to bring people together! IASSIST is really excited to sponsor RDAP because we share many of the same goals and people can benefit from multiple opportunities to meet, present, and discuss. IASSIST has an international scope and covers a very broad range of data services communities. There are multiple tracks for people, so you can find your core group or expand your horizons.

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

IASSIST: We welcome all data professionals and provide a year-round support group through our active listserv in addition to our annual conference. If you are looking to get involved and expand your network, IASSIST is a great organization to join!

Submitted by:
Hailey Mooney
IASSIST Membership Chair
Psychology & Sociology Librarian
University of Michigan Library

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)