RDAP Happenings, June 2019

RDAP Happenings, June 2019


This will be our last RDAP Happenings that will be communicated via the listserv. If you want to stay in the loop, please become a member (its free this year!).

JeSLIB CFP: Submissions for the RDAP 2019 Special Issue are due June 30th. The 2019 Special Issue will focus on the Summit’s themes, “Building Communities: How Different Communities are Impacted by Our Systems, Technology, Values, and Practices; Who Our Communities are By and For; and Data Services Examined through a Critical Lens.”

This is an open submissions call that encourages all RDAP19 presenters (talk, poster, presentation), especially first-time presenters, to submit. There is also encouragement for new and veteran RDAP Summit attendees to write and submit Commentaries to the special issue – it’s a great way to jump into scholarly publishing. Guidelines for authors should be followed carefully when preparing your manuscript.

Conference round-up:

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RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Elsevier

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Elsevier, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a Q&A with Jean Shipman of Elsevier.

Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management

Online training for librarians to learn the basics of RDM is being developed by a team of librarians.  This peer-to-peer training program is called the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA). Funding for the curriculum development was provided by Elsevier. The online curriculum consists of eight units and will be available to anyone for no charge this fall. Continuing education credit will be offered by Simmons University on a cost-recovery basis.

Who are you and what do you do?

Jean P. Shipman, Vice President for Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Yes, one other meeting.

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

The chance to network with librarians working with RDM.

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

The RDMLA training program under development.

Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?

We want to see librarians be an active member of the research lifecycle at their institutions.

RDAP Happenings, May 2019

RDAP Happenings, May 2019

RDAP Summit

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!

RDAP Business

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RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor University of Arizona Libraries

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, The University of Arizona Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Fernando Rios of The University of Arizona.

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 circulating archive.

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.

Fernando Rios, Research Data Management Specialist

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Iowa State University Library

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Iowa State University Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Megan O’Donnell of Iowa State University.

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.

DataShare, 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.

In 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.

Iowa 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.

For more information about DataShare, visit iastate.figshare.com, or contact Megan O’Donnell at mno@iastate.edu  or on Twitter @mega_no.