Program 2018

RDAP18 Program & Sponsors

Wednesday, March 21 | Thursday, March 22 | Lightning Talks | Posters | Workshops/Demo Day (Friday, March23)

All sessions will take place in the Salon A-5, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, March 20

RDAP pre-conference happy hour sponsored by NEASIS&T 4-8pm at Kitty O’Sheas (in Hilton Hotel). For more information, visit:


Wednesday, March 21


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Continental Breakfast Salon A Foyer
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Salon A-5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote

Salon A-5
10:15 AM – 10:35 AM BREAK  
10:35 AM – 11:35 AM Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution

  • Andrew Johnson, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Jessica Trelogan, University of Texas at Austin and Anna Dabrowski, Texas A&M University
  • Ayoung Yoon, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Devan Donaldson from Indiana University Bloomington.
Salon A-5
11:35 AM – 12:50 PM LUNCH Salon A-4
12:50 PM – 1:50 PM Intersection of Publishing and Data

  • Mandy Gooch, The Odum Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rebecca Grant, Springer Nature
  • Shanda Hunt, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota
Salon A-5
1:50 PM – 2:10 PM BREAK  
2:10 PM – 3:10 PM Lightning Talks  Salon A-5
3:10 PM – 4:10 PM Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias

  • Reid Boehm, Johns Hopkins University Data Management Services
  • Siân Evans, Maryland Institute College of Art, Art + Feminism, and McKensie Mack, Leadership Collective, Art + Feminism
  • Jaquelina Alvarez & Hilda T. Ayala-Gonzalez, Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC), General Library, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Salon A-5
4:10 PM – 5:30 PM Poster Reception Boulevard Foyer / Boulevard A
Evening Dine-Arounds


Thursday, March 22


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Continental Breakfast Salon A Foyer
  RDAP Business Meeting

Salon A-5
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Salon A-5
9:00 AM – 10:10 AM FAIR vs. Friction

  • Carolyn Bishoff, Lisa Johnston, Shannon Farrell, and Meghan Lafferty, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Kristal Jones, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center; Sebastian Karcher, Qualitative Data Repository; Steven Alexander, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Sophia Lafferty-Hess and Jennifer Darragh, Duke University Libraries
Salon A-5
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:40 AM Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved

  • Franklin Sayre, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Tisha Mentnech, University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Science Library
  • Seth Anderson, Yale University Library and Thu-Mai Lewis Christian, The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science (IRSS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Salon A-5
11:40 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH Normandie Lounge
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Semi-Structured BreakJoin RDAP colleagues for multiple opportunities to network and discuss topics proposed by the community in real time throughout the conference.

Salon A-4
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM BREAK
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics

  • Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati
  • Wendy Kozlowski, Cornell University Library; Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis; Jake Carlson, University of Michigan; and Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota
  • Liz Woolcott, Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
Salon A-5
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Closing Remarks Salon A-5


Friday, March 23

Two concurrent workshop/demo tracks will be offered on Friday. Registration fee $45

Track A  | Track B


Workshop/Demo Track A 


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Continental Breakfast/Registration Boulevard Foyer
8:15 AM – 9:45 AM Improving the Quality and Quantity of RDM Interactions on Campus: Optimising UMAMI (Uptake, Metadata, Archiving, Metrics and Intellectual Property) Boulevard AB
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM BREAK (coffee included)
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Papers + Data = figshare Repository Boulevard C
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Building with the Carpentries Workshop (merged with Track B) Boulevard AB

Track A Workshop/Demo Information:

Improving the Quality and Quantity of RDM Interactions on Campus: Optimising UMAMI (Uptake, Metadata, Archiving, Metrics and Intellectual Property)

Instructor: A. De Waard, J. Shipman (Elsevier Research Data Services)

This workshop focuses on practical explorations for implementing RDM solutions on campus. What works, where in the workflow can you best approach which stakeholders, to achieve optimum uptake, and how to steer clear from pitfalls such as privacy and IP concerns? How can you follow best information/library science practices regarding proper metadata curation and archiving standards, while optimizing uptake and ensuring researcher engagement? In this session, a number of data librarians involved with implementing different RDM on campus will discuss examples of workflows that have enhanced reproducibility. The workshop invites participants to bring challenges and questions regarding implementing practical methods to enhance and enable reproducibility, and the role the library can play in this.

CMU and Figshare — the journey toward an all-in-one repository

Instructor: M.Hahnel (figshare), A. Hyndman (figshare), D. Valen (figshare)

Figshare has been providing research data management services to academics, publishers, institutions, funders, and governments since 2012. This session will give an overview of how the Figshare platform is evolving in 2018 to meet the needs of our fast-moving space.

Figshare will be talking over some of our recent work with preprints, custom branding, data visualization services, integrations with the wider scholarly eco system, and our progress on providing institutional repository services to universities.

We will also be joined by liaison librarians from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for a panel discussion on how their Figshare implementation project has been developing over the last year. CMU has built out a data services liaison program at the library to meet researchers with domain specialists. The panel discussion will touch on the liaison work at CMU libraries and how different disciplines are navigating the RDM landscape.


Workshop/Demo Track B


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Continental Breakfast/Registration Boulevard Foyer
8:15 AM – 9:45 AM National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench Boulevard C
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM BREAK
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Exploring long-term digital preservation for research data – D. Pcolar and M. Molinaro (Digital Preservation Network) Boulevard AB
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Building with the Carpentries Workshop (merged with Track A) Boulevard AB

Track B Workshop/Demo Information:

National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench: A Scalable Platform for Research Data Access, Education, and Training 

Instructor: C. Willis (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)

The National Data Service (NDS) is developing the Labs Workbench platform, a scalable, web-based system intended to support turn-key deployment of encapsulated data management and analysis tools for research data access, education, and training.  In this workshop, we will demonstrate the two primary uses of the Labs Workbench system: 1) to support the exploratory analysis of remote datasets and 2) for the discovery and sharing of new and emerging research data management and analysis tools for education and training.  We will demonstrate the remote analysis capabilities via the TERRA-REF Analysis Workbench and will provide hands-on experience deploying private sandbox instances of research data management tools via the Labs Workbench public beta service.


Exploring long-term digital preservation for research data

Instructors: D. Pcolar and M. Molinaro (Digital Preservation Network)

During this session Dave Pcolar and Mary Molinaro from the Digital Preservation Network(DPN) will provide an opportunity to explore long-term preservation of research data.  Questions to be addressed include: How does deposit of research data in a subject-based or local repository differ from long-term preservation?  How does the long-term preservation of research data differ from that of other digital assets?  What are the issues that impact researchers as they make decisions about the data they have generated?

Dave and Mary will describe the activities and directions of DPN and what kinds of big challenges are being addressed by the DPN community.  They will share how large data repositories are using the DPN preservation infrastructure to ensure that future scholars have access to important data.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore questions of cost, workflow, need, and mandates as they relate to long-term digital preservation.

A & B Merged

Building with the Carpentries Workshop

Instructor: A. Hodge (Stanford)

Join us for an interactive to workshop focused on how to get started with Data Carpentry and/or Software Carpentry at your institutions. In typical Carpentries style, we’ll have a group of expert helpers available to guide you through activities to develop a plan for getting active with the Carpentries yourself, starting a Carpentries workshop program at your institution, and building and maintaining a local Carpentries community. We’ll talk about things like:

  • Ways for individuals to get involved with the Carpentries

  • How to get started hosting workshops on your campus

  • How and why to find partners and collaborators (like funding!)

  • How the Carpentries fit into the mission of your organization

  • How to build a community to sustain these activities’

2018 Sponsors