RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor IASSIST

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, IASSIST, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from IASSIST Membership Committee Chair Jen Doty.

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 opportunities.

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

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Cornell University Library

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Cornell University Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Amelia Kallaher of Cornell University.

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. 


  1. https://data.research.cornell.edu/
  2. https://data.research.cornell.edu/content/about
  3. https://rdapassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RDAP_fullprogram.pdf

RDAP 2019 Summit Contributor Level Sponsor Arizona State University Library

Thank you to our contributor level sponsor, Arizona State University Library, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Matt Harp and Rene Tanner of ASU Library.

Supporting data management in support of innovation:
ASU Library and the 2019 RDAP Summit

Research data and its potential to transform our understanding of the world have engendered meaningful work for libraries around the management and sharing of data. At Arizona State University, the need to develop solutions that scale around data storage, data discovery, and data sharing are steering current efforts to address an increasingly pressing issue in the field of research: reproducibility.

As data librarians at ASU, our focus is on asking smart and strategic questions in order to facilitate successful and responsible use-inspired research that spurs further creativity and innovation. We strive toward making every information professional a data professional, regardless of background or discipline, and recognize the importance of strong alignment with professional communities, such as RDAP, to further support and advance data sciences.  

For all these reasons and more, we are proud to sponsor the 2019 RDAP Summit.

Through this sponsorship, we hope to bring greater awareness of our institution’s commitment to community learning opportunities, and gain greater knowledge around current efforts to support and guide researchers in data management planning, accessing and mining data resources, providing project-based data analysis and visualization opportunities, enabling hands-on experience with prototyping equipment and tools, and promoting Indigenous data sovereignty and community-driven research.

With inclusion as the driving force behind the ASU charter, we share common values with RDAP around the ethics, advocacy, openness, integrity and diversity of research data that is critical for our world leaders and policymakers to arrive at informed, participatory decisions.

We look forward to being part of the RDAP community.

Matthew Harp and Rene Tanner
Research and Publication Services, ASU Library

RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor NNLM NER

Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Tess Grynoch of the NNLM NER.

My name is Tess Grynoch and I have the great pleasure of representing the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM NER) at the RDAP summit this year. In my day job, I am the Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. My colleagues on the 4th floor, who comprise the NNLM NER, organize amazing programming and training for research data management in conjunction with the other NNLM regional offices across the nation.

It seems like every time I check the training calendar https://nnlm.gov/training or receive the weekly newsletter https://news.nnlm.gov/ner/newsletter/ there is something new that’s data-related. The NNLM NER also provides funding for biomedical data management through their Knowledge and Data Management grant https://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/knowledge-data-management and, although the application deadline has passed, it is never too early to start thinking about a data management project that could use a little more monetary support. Even if you are not a health sciences librarian, I would recommend getting in touch with your regional NNLM office to be apprised of free data training in your neck of the woods.
Speaking of training, NNLM’s RD3 website https://nnlm.gov/data is also a great resource for research data management information and resources.

I had such a great experience at my first RDAP summit last year and I am thrilled to be back again to share more ideas about research data management with like-minded colleagues. Congratulations RDAP for organizing your first conference as an independent organization and I look forward to the evolution of RDAP in the years to come.

For more about the NNLM NER

Visit the NNLM NER table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://nnlm.gov/ner to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor Springer Nature

Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, Springer Nature, for making RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Rebecca Grant of Springer Nature.

My name is Rebecca Grant and I’m research data manager at Springer Nature. My background is in the humanities, and I originally trained as an archivist. I’m in the final year of my PhD at the moment, and my research is investigating the connections between archival theory and practice, and research data management.

At Springer Nature, my team is a mix of data curation experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and the editorial staff of the journal Scientific Data. We aim to help researchers to manage and share their data in the best possible way by providing free advice through our research data helpdesk as well as through a number of specialised data services. Additionally we provide research data services for institutions including data curation support, and a training programme to empower researchers to manage and share their data according to best practices.

I’m involved in a number of data-related projects with my team, but one that might be of particular interest to the RDAP community is the roll-out of standard data policies for Springer Nature journals. Since 2016 we’ve been working with journal editors to implement data policies, with the intention of providing different options according to the journal’s discipline. These policies have a direct impact on authors – for some it may be the first time that they have been asked to share their data, or to draft a data availability statement.

Other publishers have also begun to implement similar data policies at their journals, and in February we worked with academic publisher Taylor & Francis to develop two case studies describing our policy projects. The case studies outline some considerations which impact on how these standard policies were developed, implemented and enforced, for example the necessity to create policies which are appropriate for researchers in disciplines where data sharing is not yet common (such as the humanities).

I blog regularly at the Springer Nature’s research data community, where you can find insights on data sharing, get updates on our projects and publications, and hear about relevant events.

Upcoming projects

As well as my background in archives and data management, I’m also a certified Open Data trainer, so it’s been really exciting to work on a data training programme for researchers in the past year. With my colleagues in the data team, we’ve been developing practical workshops to help researchers to understand why data sharing is important (what are the drivers and who are the stakeholders) and how it can be achieved (practical guidance on storing, describing, licensing, depositing and citing data, amongst other topics).

Our next workshop will be very close to home (London, UK) and we’ll be training a group of researchers funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). We aim to equip these researchers with the skills they need to manage, archive and publish their data, supported by CRUK’s policies on data sharing and data management planning.

This year’s RDAP Summit

I attended the Summit for the first time last year, and I’m delighted that I’ll be there again in May.

Our paper is titled “Developing metadata curation processes for data that can’t be shared openly” and will describe a project to create rich metadata records for datasets that are only available through closed access repositories due to their sensitive nature. I’ll be presenting on the panel on Wednesday, May 15th at 10.50am, Repositories and Curation.

I’m looking forward to chatting to other RDAP attendees who are dealing with issues around sensitive data, and also hearing from the other panellists on their approaches to curation.

For more about Springer Nature

Visit the Springer Nature table at the RDAP Summit or go to
https://www.springernature.com/gp to learn more.