RDAP Webinar: Where the Data Repo Meets

Where the Data Repo Meets the Road (RDAP Webinar)

The RDAP Education and Resources team is excited to announce the first in a series of webinars, each of which will allow members of the research data community to present their local approach to a particular topic. The first webinar will be “Where the Data Repo Meets the Road: Data Service Models in Practice“on November 8th, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm (ETD).

The webinar includes librarians from Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, and the Data Curation Network in a panel presentation and discussion of evolving service models that extend local RDM expertise through complementary collaborative, hosted, and third-party services. Continue reading “RDAP Webinar: Where the Data Repo Meets”

What is the RDAP Association?

RDAP (Research Data Access & Preservation) began as an American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) sponsored summit in Phoenix, Arizona in April of 2010 with a total of 75 initial attendees. That inaugural summit aimed “to bring together leaders in data centers, laboratories, and libraries…to share ideas and techniques for managing, preserving, and sharing large-scale research data repositories with an eye toward achieving infrastructure-independent access and stewardship”.1

The RDAP summit quickly saw a proliferation of topics, especially following the White House OSTP memo of 2013, requiring accessibility to federally funded research. RDAP continued branching out to include data curation, discovery, and citation and altmetrics. In 2014, RDAP offered workshops for the first time in conjunction with the summit, focusing on capacity building and instruction.

In the years since then, RDAP has grown into a thriving, active community of data practitioners who work in many disciplines and types of environments. With the growth of the community, discussions regarding the future of the organization began. In mid-2018, RDAP became the RDAP Association, an independent, not for profit, professional association aimed advancing best practices in research data and providing professional development opportunities to our community.

The RDAP Association brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of disciplines from the health and life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Annually, the RDAP Association will continue to hold Summits for data practitioners to learn about common solutions to issues surrounding research data management, with opportunities to expand professional networks and acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own work and projects. Continue reading “What is the RDAP Association?”

A “Newbie” Experience at the RDAP18 – Something for Everyone

At RDAP all are welcome, and we truly mean it!

In her article “A Newbie at the RDAP Summit, or How I Learned that the RDAP Summit is for Everyone” published  in The Journal of eScience Librarianship,  Oakland University Research Data Librarian Joanna Thielen shares her experience as a first time, ‘newbie’ from a mid to small size institution attendee at RDAP18. Moving quickly from “initial hesitation” to engaged enthusiasm, Joanna explains the benefits of the summit structure, topics, and the overall inclusive and collegial atmosphere which encourages collaboration and information sharing. She describes RDAP as a serious, yet welcoming conference regardless of who you are, what your position is, or where you come from.

“I encourage any librarian with even an inkling of interest in research data management, access, or preservation to attend.” – Joanna Thielen

She also notes that RDAP is not just for librarians and that the diverse community of  “people working in government libraries, cultural heritage institutions, industry, data science, and funding agencies” really makes RDAP an impactful and unique experience for all.

Thanks for sharing your experience Joanna. Indeed we would have to agree with you, that there is something for everyone at RDAP!

Meet our sponsors: NNLM, New England Region: Karen

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

Today’s interviewee is Karen Coghlan, Education & Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region.

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Karen Coghlan, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Karen Coghlan and I am the brand new Education & Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region hosted at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  I serve as the Liaison to NNLM Web Services Technology Center, Research Data Management Team, and Access to Biomedical information programs.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

This is my first RDAP summit and I am looking forward to the opportunity.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

I am looking forward to attending the summit and learning about key development of research data management issues.  The seminar titled “Defining the Role of the Library in Research Data Management within an Institution” looks very intriguing.  I hope to use what I learn to better assist patrons of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  Also as prior IP attorney I am very interested in the “Intersection of Publishing and Data”, to see how issues are evolving.

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

I am very excited about the e-science symposium being hosted at the University of Massachusetts on April 5th, 2018.  The purpose of this event is to initiate and maintain a regional dialogue on e-Science, identify ways libraries can better support networked research, and ways that libraries can deliver relevant and effective research data management services at their institutions. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Past and Future”.  You can also see work from all previous symposia here: http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/escience_symposium/

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and NNLM?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) advances the progress of medicine and public health by providing equal access to biomedical information. The NNLM New England Region produces the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), an open access, peer-reviewed journal advancing librarianship related to data-driven research across multiple disciplines.

Meet our Sponsors: Iowa State University: Erin and Curtis

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

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Erin Thomas, Science and Technology Librarian, Iowa State University Library.

Today’s interviewees are Erin Thomas, Science and Technology Librarian, and Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections both of Iowa State University Library.

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

Erin: “I’m a Science and Technology Librarian at Iowa State University. I’m primarily the liaison librarian for our departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, but I also teach data management best practices and work closely with our Data Services Librarian.”

Curtis: “I am the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections at Iowa State University. My scholarly communications role includes coordinating our efforts in the areas of open data, open educational resources, and open access.”

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections, Iowa State University Library.
Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections, Iowa State University Library.

Erin: “I attended my first RDAP Summit last year and, obviously, felt the experience was valuable enough to return for a second year. The presentations and posters covered topics that left me with a lot of food for thought, and it was a great opportunity to meet other professionals who are interested in some of the same things that I am.”

Curtis: “I have not.”

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

Erin: “Looking at the program for this year, I think I’m most looking forward to the presentation on underserved data communities. This is something I’ve been becoming more interested in the more I get involved in data management and data sharing, and I’m excited to see it on the agenda for this year’s Summit.”

Curtis: “I’m excited to meet folks who are working on similar data initiatives. I’ve only been involved with research data since my arrival at ISU last year. So I still have lots to learn and look forward to doing so at the Summit.”

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

Erin: “Ithaka S +R and the American Society of Civil Engineers have partnered with libraries in the US and Canada to investigate the research support needs of scholars in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Iowa State University is one of ten institutions participating in this project and, as one of two ISU librarians involved, I have been busily interviewing researchers at our campus. A significant portion of this research focuses on the data management and sharing practices and needs of researchers in this field. I’m excited to see what our local results will be, as well as those from the other participating institutions, and how those results can inform our services going forward.”

Curtis: “At the moment, I’m most excited about our local data projects here at ISU. The library has partnered with campus IT and the Office for the Vice President for Research on ISU’s first dedicated data repository. Administered by the library, our ISU branded Figshare repository, DataShare, will launch in the coming weeks. In addition, we are working with our IT and OVPR partners to develop additional services and guidelines to encourage and support data sharing.” 

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and Iowa State?

Curtis: The Iowa State University Library is excited to be a sponsor of the RDAP Summit and we look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!