We’re in full countdown to the RDAP Summit on May 15-17 in Miami, FL. If you have not registered yet, there is still time to do so! We look forward to seeing everyone in Miami!
RDAP and JeSLIB will continue their partnership with a special issue for the 2019 Summit focusing on the Summit’s themes, “Building Communities.” The issue will have an open submissions call, and we encourage all presenters (talk, poster, presentation) — especially first-time presenters — to submit. We also encourage first-time authors to enroll in the Summit workshop, “Turning Your Poster or Presentation into a Paper.” Submissions will be due June 30, 2019.
Check out the blog posts from each sponsoring institution to learn more about why sponsorship matters and what these folks are looking forward to at this year’s summit!
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
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.
#WeAreUAZLibraries Fernando Rios, Research Data Management Specialist
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.