RDAP Antiracism Statement

RDAP Antiracism Statement

This year has presented the world, and the United States in particular, with constant reminders of the systemic racism built into our society. This includes the heightened xenophobia and racism that the Asian community has experienced in relation to COVID-19, to police violence against Black and African Americans, and health disparities with COVID-19 that include Latinx and First Nations Communities. While those of us who are not part of these groups will never understand the impact that this situation has on you, these events are causing us to think more about how we support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in and through the RDAP Association. As a new professional organization, we have a long way to go in this area. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a pillar of our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.

The RDAP Executive Board would like to offer our members resources they can use to educate themselves about and take action against racism in the United States in general. However, we also must consider the impact of systematic racism in our work. A few examples are listed below:

RDAP is taking action by donating $250 to Data 4 Black Lives, an organization that does advocacy in these areas. We are also undergoing a website redesign and would welcome community input on diversity and antiracism resources that we can include. Please use our Contact Us form to suggest resources for our new website or any other ideas about this topic you would like to share.

The RDAP Board,

  • Tobin Magle (President) 
  • Jennifer Darragh (Vice President)
  • Joanna Thielen (Secretary)
  • Chris Eaker (Treasurer)
  • Erica Johns (Past President)

Announcing the New RDAP Logo!

Announcing the New RDAP Logo!

As many of you are aware, the discussion around the RDAP logo has been ongoing for a number of years. A logo is important for a professional organization for a number of reasons: 

  • to provide a visual identity for the RDAP community across platforms and communication methods, 
  • to solidify the RDAP Association brand and leverage that brand to demonstrate investment and sustainability to potential partners
  • to maintain rights to our brand over time via trademark, and more. 

With this in mind, RDAP Leadership prioritized the logo redesign for the 2019-2020 fiscal year as a strategic goal for the sustainability of the organization. 

RDAP Leadership worked with Project7 Design to complete the redesign of the logo. With their help, Leadership conveyed RDAP Association’s values, mission, and community to P7, who  provided options that showcased different aspects of the RDAP Association. Ultimately, RDAP Leadership selected a logo that reflects that many pieces necessary to make up the whole of our incredible community. This logo provides a timeless and inclusive brand for the RDAP Association community. 

Without further introduction, here’s our new logo!

Our website and social media will begin to reflect our new logo and we’ll hope you’ll join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter for RDAP! Be sure to share your excitement using the #RDAP20 hashtag or mention us and we’ll be sure to retweet you!

Data Management for GIS projects

Data Management for GIS projects

The next webinar in our RDAP “Ask me Anything” town hall series is entitled “Data Management for GIS projects”, and is jointly sponsored by RDAP and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). UCGIS will host this webinar.

Webinar Description: With federal and other funding agencies wanting to ensure long term access to research output, data management planning for GIS projects has great importance. This webinar shares insight on lessons learned through GIS projects and highlights best practices for different steps in project exploration and creation. Also in this webinar a geology researcher using GIS techniques and collecting geospatial data will explain how she communicated her use of best practices through a data management plan for a successfully funded NSF grant. Attendees will understand the importance of well written data management plans, how to put those plans into action through implementing data management planning and reproducible research best practices, and how library engagement can help with data management planning.

Presenters: Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati; Jennifer Latessa, University of Cincinnati; and Paula Figueiredo, North Carolina State University

Please register for Data Management for GIS Projects on Feb 26, 2020 2:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7664982934109934348

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About UC–GIS: The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit organization that creates and supports communities of practice for GIScience research, education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions. We are the professional hub for the academic GIS community in the United States, with partnerships extending this capacity abroad. Check to see if your institution is a member – https://www.ucgis.org/members

RDAP “Ask me Anything” town hall “What’s Different about Clinical Data?”

RDAP “Ask me Anything” town hall “What’s Different about Clinical Data?” – January 29

Managing data has a number of common principles that get applied to each subject domain. As a result, it’s easy to start consideration of data with disciplinary subject and data structure. But in the health sciences and medicine there is a key issue that has to be asked first: Is it clinical research data? Before delving into metadata standards, FAIR principles, or sharing, a health sciences data librarian often starts with the clinical/nonclinical distinction.

But what’s so special about clinical data? What do we even mean when we talk about clinical data? This session will introduce basic concepts in clinical data management, processes that are commonly used by researchers looking to do clinical data research. We will explore how a health sciences library can provide patron support on local infrastructure for accessing and using clinical data for research. We will also provide resources for further exploration by librarians and patrons.

Attendees will come away with:

  • (1) a better understanding of basic terminology and data workflows in clinical research data management;
  • (2) a sense of typical workflows that happen with the clinical research data lifecycle;
  • (3) an introduction to systems in clinical data collection and analysis, particularly REDCAP; and,
  • (4) at least one answer to the question of “What’s different about clinical?” When it comes to data.

Date: January 29, 2020 @ 1 pm EST

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Nina is the research data librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, serving both the medical and core campuses. Before joining VCU in 2017, she was a Researcher and Grant Support Services librarian, supporting all disciplines. She received her Master’s in Library Science in 1997 from North Carolina Central University, and her PhD in information science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019. ORCID 0000-0002-8746-8364

Christy joined UC Davis in August of 2019 as Health Library Informaticist at Blaisdell Medical Library. Prior to that she designed privacy programs for large health systems in California, helped implement ecosystems of research data sharing, developed best practice guidelines in data management, and served as the resource of choice for privacy, data de-identification and research data questions. She brings 20 years of expertise in healthcare informatics, health information exchange, process improvement, program design, population health improvement, human subject research and patient & consumer privacy. Christy has a Master of Science in Health Informatics from UC Davis Health and a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from CSU Sacramento.

Lori has been working at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center since 1990. For the first 23 years she has been the IT support for researchers on campus. Lori brought REDCap to the University of New Mexico as one of the first 13 sites to pilot this software. She transitioned into a Data Manager position for the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center seven years ago.

Town Hall on RDAP’s response to NIH’s Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Town Hall on RDAP’s response to NIH’s Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing

The RDAP Executive Board is coordinating a response to NIH’s Draft Policy for Data Management & Sharing. To solicit feedback from our members, we’re hosting a Town Hall on Monday, December 9 at 12 pm EST. Connection info to the Zoom meeting is below. 

Prior to the Town Hall, please review the following documents from the NIH: Draft Policy for Data Management & Sharing

If you are unable to attend the Town Hall (or have more feedback after the Town Hall), we welcome your feedback via this Google Form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDqfh7VEfhrqYPW-tRsRalW15wxl9w9jc-yD9QQHryGe7jRw/viewform).

Please provide feedback by end of the day Wednesday, December 11.  After gathering general feedback on this policy, we will draft a response and share it with you, again soliciting feedback. Responses are due to the NIH by January 10, 2020.  Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

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