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 (https://osf.io ) as a collaborative research platform to house their diverse project materials, along with other related cloud-based platforms.

 

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Panelists:

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.

A Word With Our Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NER/PNR)

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

NNLM: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services. NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that provides data to millions of scientists, health professionals and members of the public around the globe. In today’s increasingly digital world, NLM carries out its mission of enabling biomedical research through:

  • Acquiring, organizing, and preserving the world’s scholarly biomedical literature

  • Funding advanced research in biomedical informatics and data science

  • Supporting training and career development, including pre- and post-doctoral research training in biomedical informatics and data science, and specialized training for librarians

 The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) program is operated by eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) under a cooperative agreement grant with NLM. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The RMLs support more than 6,000 member organizations in the NNLM that connect researchers, health professionals and the public with health information resources and data. Membership in the NNLM is free, and benefits include access to a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers, specialized training opportunities, and funding.

In this era of open science and data driven discovery, new programs and services of the NNLM will support NLM/NIH priorities for biomedical “Big Data”. Two RMLs in the NNLM from the New England Region and the Pacific Northwest Region are sponsoring RDAP in hopes of engaging attendees in future directions of the NLM and gaining insight on how the network can provide data resources to fit regional needs.

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

NNLM: The NLM is open to all and has many services and resources. Primary users include librarians, researchers, health professionals, patients, and the general public. The outreach efforts of the NNLM connect these groups with the quality health information resources and services available from NLM.

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

NNLM: The NNLM specifically seeks to provide innovative training to data scientists, data sophisticated researchers, data informed clinicians, and data librarians. We understand there is a need for talented workforces to drive high quality research and data production, reuse and interoperability.

To that end, the NNLM is building a community of practice of librarians and other information professionals who have knowledge of Research Data Management (RDM) practices, services and tools that support the management of research data across the lifecycle. Each of the eight RMLs in the NNLM collaborate on strategies to promote research data management, data literacy or data science-related teaching and learning. Some examples include: compiling a LibGuide of data management resources for librarians; developing and launching a data management/data literacy blog series; collaborating on presentations or workshops on data management or data literacy topics for state or regional librarian conferences; and conducting a needs assessment for a web portal built by librarians targeted for researchers (what researchers need to know about RDM and how librarians can fit into those needs and their workflows).

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

NNLM: A few challenges facing data professionals in 2017 include:

  • Defining and discovering high level datasets, and promoting the use of standards to improve information quality.

  • There is a shift from preservation to use for discovery. We can not preserve everything. Therefore preservation strategies must have a clear purpose.

  • Attention to privacy and data integrity issues as there is more and more pressure to combine data sets and use data in real time.

  • Keeping on top of the relationship between researchers and the public in an age of distrust of “fact”.

  • Keeping on top of the extremely rapid pace of change in data that are available, and technologies to harvest and analyze them.

  • Developing collaborative relationships rather than working in silos.

  • Fitting the demands of data curation into researchers’ busy work flow.

  • Finding the motivation to effectively curate and share their data. Very few if any incentives currently exist to motivate researchers to manage and share their data.

  • Realistically estimating the expense, both in time and money, that will be required to manage their data or purchase existing data.

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?

NNLM: RDAP Summit draws leaders in the field of data management, repository management, and other roles related to researchers and their data. It also draws attendees of all shapes and sizes: small ideas, large ideas; collaborations, solo work; federal, non-federal; repository, no repository. This great community always seems to provide timely presentations and topics, and provide stimulating and engaging conversations.

Compared to other conferences, RDAP provides a smaller venue for experts to come together, and work together to continue expanding data driven programs and services. RDAP captures the essence of ‘team science’.

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

NNLM: The NNLM has a unique role in connecting people to resources and expertise by serving as hubs for regional biomedical research and data expertise, linked in one national network. With 6,000 members in the NNLM, the RMLs can build research data management capacity at a local level, with national support and resources of the NLM, to help librarians, researchers and clinicians manage, use, and reuse data.

 

A Word With Our Sponsor: University of Washington Libraries

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

UW Libraries: The University of Washington Libraries is an international leader in imagining, creating, and realizing the promise of the 21st century academic research library. With three campuses, 579 degree options, 306 programs and more than 56,000 students, the University of Washington Libraries aims to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of researchers at all levels. UW receives a tremendous amount of federal research dollars every year ($1.37B in FY16), and is producing a huge amount of research data annually.

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

UW Libraries: The UW Libraries serves our Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses and covers all program areas, from social sciences and humanities, to computer science and engineering, forestry and oceanography… and many, many more. We provide services to everyone from the undergraduate level on up to research and teaching faculty.

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

UW Libraries: The UW Libraries started a data services program in 2010, and it continues to grow and change as our users needs’ adapt to current research trends. We currently provide tools and services to foster best practices in research data management, we provide education to classes and researchers on those tools and services, and consult on repository use and data archiving and curation. We try to listen to what researchers say they need to have better grant applications, better research reproducibility, and better data sharing, and then work with those researchers to find solutions to their needs.

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

UW Libraries: Knowing how to meet researchers where they are, and how to market research data services to a large and decentralized population can be very challenging (and is a common theme at conferences). Attending conferences like RDAP helps research data professionals learn from one another and share their success stories, so we all benefit from each others’ experiences.

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?

UW Libraries: [note: this will be our first RDAP, so we don’t know yet! :)]

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

UW Libraries: The University of Washington Libraries has a growing team of people working hard to meet the data needs of its large research population. We’re happy to help support RDAP this year, and look forward to learning and collaborating with other attendees!

Things to Do and See in Seattle

Whether it’s your first trip to Seattle or you’re a recurring visitor, there are always things to do in our (beautiful) region. The conference hotel is conveniently situated in Seattle’s central business district, which means there are many nearby (and seemingly endless) options for food and entertainment.

For many, a trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a stop at Pike Place Market. Less than a mile from the conference hotel, the market provides many quick food options, sit-down restaurants, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish/meats, as well as local crafts. Victor Steinbrueck Park offers stunning views of the water, and you may see a ferry coming in.

Seattle has so many amazing restaurants that it’s difficult to pick only a few. Some standouts include:

  • Steelhead Diner is located in Pike Place Market and specializes in seafood, but has many other delicious options.

  • Lowell’s, in the market, is a another Seattle institution — especially for breakfast. Order at the counter and go up to the third floor for unparalleled views of Elliott Bay. They’ll bring you your food when it’s ready.

  • Serving delicious Taiwanese dumplings and other specialities, check out Din Tai Fung in Pacific Place.

  • Purple Cafe is a wine bar and restaurant that is good for a happy hour or a meal for a larger group.

  • Wild Ginger is a well-known Asian fusion restaurant that, like Purple, can accommodate a larger dine-around.

  • Into oysters? Check out Taylor Shellfish, Elliott’s Oyster House, or (with a cab ride) Walrus & Carpenter.

  • Westlake Center has a rotating selection of food trucks.

  • And for dessert, Gelatiamo is delicious!

If you’re a cocktail person, don’t miss one of Seattle’s fun (and delicious) bars. These are all <1 miles from the hotel, easily accessible with a brisk walk or a quick ride service (taxi, uber, lyft):

If you’d like to take in some of the local sights, make sure to put one of these stops on your list:

If you’re looking for local happenings, check out The Stranger’s list of Things to Do: http://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do. Art, music, food, sports + rec — it’s all there.

If you have a half or full day to explore:

  • So. Many. Wineries. If you’ve got a day (and a ride or a car), take a trip out to Woodinville, and visit a few of the many wineries and distilleries that fill this town 20 miles northeast of Seattle.