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!
IASSIST Membership Committee Chair
Research Data Librarian, Emory University, Atlanta, GA