Meet our Sponsors: Springer Nature: Rebecca

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 Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager for Springer Nature.

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Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager at Springer Nature.

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Rebecca Grant, and I’ve been working as Research Data Manager at Springer Nature since July 2017.

I work in the Open Research Group, and two of the biggest projects I work on are the roll-out of standard research data policies across our journals, and a new service providing hands-on curation assistance to researchers who want to share their data in repositories. I’ll be speaking about both of these projects during the Intersection of Publishing and Data panel on Wednesday 21st.

I’m a qualified archivist and part-time doctoral candidate at University College Dublin, where my research is investigating the connections between archival skills and training and research data management. I also co-chair the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

This will be my first RDAP Summit!

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

The session Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics. I saw Amy Koshoffer speak on this topic at the International Digital Curation Conference 2018, and I think it’s an area that’s both fascinating and important. As an archivist I’ve been trained to create metadata with a focus on context and how records will be interpreted, but we require researchers to describe their own datasets – what is the impact on metadata quality?

If resources and support are channeled into the creation of metadata, we should be able to assess and quantify what constitutes good quality metadata, and why it’s important.

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

I’m a member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and I manage the roll-out of standard data policies at Springer Nature journals, so I’m most excited about a new RDA output that’s currently under community review – the Journal and Publisher Research Data Policy Master Framework.

At Springer Nature we started rolling out our standard data policies in 2016, and since then a number of publishers have produced similar standard policies. The RDA output is the product of an Interest Group which included publishers, researchers and other stakeholders, and aimed to create common standards for developing data policies. The resulting framework facilitates the creation of different policy “levels” which are appropriate for different communities and disciplines.

Involving the community is a key aspect of the RDA’s work and the framework is currently open for review and actively soliciting community feedback.

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

The RDAP community may not be aware of the breadth of the work we do to support researchers in sharing their data. As well as providing consistent research data support policies, we also advocate for the use of data availability statements (allowing data to be found and reused), and standardised data citations (ensuring researchers get credit for their published data). We have also published a curated list of recommended data repositories to support data archiving in discipline-specific, community-recognised repositories. To help authors and editors to understand all of this, we also provide a Research Data Helpdesk. Finally, we have recently launched a new service to provide hands-on assistance to researchers who want to publish their research data – I’ll be presenting on this, and our data policies, on Wednesday 21st.

Meet our Sponsors: Elsevier: Jean and Anita

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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Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Today’s interviewees are Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations and Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations from Elsevier

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

We are with Elsevier, a science publisher and information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve research performance.

Within Elsevier, we play different roles in two units.

Jean: “I am a conduit of information between Elsevier and librarians around the world. As a retired medical library director, I bring over 37 years of library experience to this position, along with my knowledge from serving as the Medical Library Association president from 2006-2007. I have also engaged with researchers, innovators, and faculty who have data management needs.”

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Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations, Elsevier

Anita: “As VP Research Data Collaborations I work for the Research Data Services group which is involved with developing interoperable data management solutions. These include the open data platform Mendeley Data (, the online electronic lab notebook Hivebench (, and the data search engine DataSearch ( I focus on enhancing and enabling open science collaborations between academics, researchers, and communities of practice to Elsevier’s content collections, tools and platforms. I also co-founded the multi-stakeholder organization Force11, and am actively involved in the Research Data Alliance, the AGU FAIR Data group, the National Data Service and the Science Gateways conference.”

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Jean: “This will be my first RDAP Summit.”

Anita: “I attended my first RDAP Summit last year, and was very impressed.”

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

Jean: “Meeting others interested in data management and science.”

Anita: “Of the hundreds of conferences I’ve attended in my career, I have never heard people listen so well to each other. That’s what struck me most about RDAP, and I’m very excited to go back and partake in more listening. I am particularly interested in hearing practical, workfloor experiences of librarians regarding research data management practices. This practice is changing and evolving very rapidly, and at RDAP this evolution comes to the fore.”

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

Jean: “Elsevier has many solutions to address the needs of researchers along the research lifecycle. It is fun to learn how these tools can be applied.”

Anita: “I am thrilled to see how the diversity of contributors to open scholarship and open science is extending organically. Initiatives such as Data Carpentry and Library Carpentry are supporting librarians in joining these development. This is changing how science and scholarship are conducted, communicated, and shared. It is allowing new voices at the table, and new groups to join the discourse.”

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

Jean: “I’m eager to learn of librarians’ needs as they related to research data and researcher partnerships.”

Anita: “We are very committed to serving and improving scholarship, and the data library community is at the forefront. Change is afoot, in many ways, and we believe that we can be a constructive partner in the many new directions data and information science scholars and practitioners are spearheading. We want to hear what we need to do to help make this vision a reality.”

Research Access and Preservation 2018 Summit (RDAP18) Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, which will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21-23, 2018.


To view the program/schedule and register please visit:

This national conference will feature panel presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and a poster session reception. Managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers will gather to explore topics in the following areas:

  • Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics

  • Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution

  • FAIR vs. Friction

  • Intersection of Publishing and Data

  • Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias

  • Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker: Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will address the Summit attendees. More information will be forthcoming.

March 23 is our Workshop/Demo day with additional sessions led by data organizations and experts.

This year, RDAP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB). Selected RDAP proposals (posters and presenters) will also be invited to submit their work for publication in JeSLIB. JeSLIB is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes full-length papers, eScience in Action articles, reviews, and video articles. First time RDAP attendees are also encouraged to submit commentaries for publication in JeSLIB. Members of JeSLIB’s editorial board and RDAP’s Proceedings subcommittee will be selecting and inviting presentations and posters for submissions. However any and all attendees and/or presenters are encouraged to submit their scholarly work to the Journal of eScience Librarianship.
(See JeSLIB’s Guidelines for Authors

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at #RDAP18 and on the RDAP Facebook page.


Questions? Please contact RDAP chairs: Amy Neeser ( & Jon Petters (


Webinar: How Researchers Use Open Source Tools to Facilitate Collaboration


January 23, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern


Host: Jennifer Freeman Smith

This webinar will explore how researchers use new technologies to manage their workflows, facilitate collaboration, and share aspects of their work. Panelists will present examples of different research teams’ collaborative processes, including how they managed roles, archived study materials, and made sharing determinations. They will also describe how the choice of tools allows them to have insight into the active research process and consult on preservation and discovery. The researchers profiled all use the Open Science Framework ( ) as a collaborative research platform to house their diverse project materials, along with other related cloud-based platforms.


 Register here



Andi Ogier and Dr. Anne Brown of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech will showcase an example of a research lab’s OSF project that provides standard operating procedures, scripts, and collaborative project details as well as training materials for students. This lab trains student-scientists in data collection and management, in addition to giving them the ability to present and organize projects in ways that are accessible to their peers, collaborators, and the general public.

Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University. She’ll be discussing integrating coding workflows with the OSF, and publishing complete research projects (code, data, documentation, manuscript).

Natalie Meyers is an E-Research Librarian at University of Notre Dame’s Center for Digital Scholarship. She’ll present examples from a malaria project on vector disease modeling, a distributed pharmaceutical analysis laboratory project, a high energy physics project, and an IMLS planning grant project.

A Word With Our Sponsor: Purdue University Libraries

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

Purdue: Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), strives to be at the forefront of academic librarianship and help to redefine the role of the academic research library in learning, discovery, and engagement. Libraries faculty and staff are deeply involved in information literacy instruction and instructional design, redefining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, data management, and global outreach. We recognize the breadth and depth of librarians working in areas related to research data and preservation. We see sponsoring RDAP as our way of recognizing and appreciating the work, networking, and collaborations that goes on at the Summit.

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

Purdue: Purdue Libraries primarily serves the undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of an R01 research university which is known for its STEM focus (around here we say STEAM, and the A stands for Agriculture). We serve a campus of 30,000 undergrad and 9,500 graduate students from 128 countries, as well as a faculty and staff population of almost 17,000. The Libraries is also an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite.

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

Purdue: We have a two-pronged, multi-fold approach. We have a Research Data unit, comprised of eight members who provide support for the Purdue University Research Repository; support liaisons who engage disciplinary researchers in data; and provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction to multiple stakeholders, as well as to supplement liaisons. Many of the liaisons also provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction. Best practices for research data management and curation are advanced by working directly with researchers and the labs to integrate standards and skills into workflows and projects. Additionally, collaborations with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), as well as others, are critical to collaborating across campus.

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

Purdue: There are several, e.g., moving from static two-page DMPs to active DMPs that implement management into workflows; promoting and implementing (still) standards—from identifiers to citation to discovery metadata; and teaching—general data literacy to undergraduate students and practical and applied data management to graduate students.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit is 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?

Purdue: RDAP has a more practical/practitioner focus than some research-oriented conferences, and has an “un-conference” feel to it, designed to encourage and even provoke conversation and work together to solve challenges we all face.

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

Purdue: Purdue Libraries faculty and staff have enjoyed working with individuals, groups, and libraries—nationally and internationally—around practices, services, and tools related to data management and curation. We would like to continue partnering and building relationships. We’re all in this together, and in many ways these are still early times.