RDAP Summit Special Issue 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) released the RDAP Summit Special Issue 2018.

Volume 7, Issue 3 (2018) Special Issue: Research Data and Preservation (RDAP) Summit 2018

The issue comes out of a collaborative initiative with JeSLIB and RDAP showcasing the research presented at the 2018 summit and includes full-length papers and EScience in Action articles.

Visit the Journal of e-Science Librarianship at escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib

Be sure to check out two commentaries about the RDAP Summit 2018 published in the previous issue of JeSLIB: Joanna Thielen’s, “A Newbie at the RDAP Summit, or How I Learned that the RDAP Summit is for Everyone” and Ali Krzton’s “Supporting the Proliferation of Data-Sharing Scholars in the Research Ecosystem.”

Information about RDAP 19 can be found on our summit page as it becomes available.

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal advancing the theory and practice of librarianship focusing on services related to data-driven research in science, technology, engineering, math, social sciences, medicine, and public health.

A “Newbie” Experience at the RDAP18 – Something for Everyone

At RDAP all are welcome, and we truly mean it!

In her article “A Newbie at the RDAP Summit, or How I Learned that the RDAP Summit is for Everyone” published  in The Journal of eScience Librarianship,  Oakland University Research Data Librarian Joanna Thielen shares her experience as a first time, ‘newbie’ from a mid to small size institution attendee at RDAP18. Moving quickly from “initial hesitation” to engaged enthusiasm, Joanna explains the benefits of the summit structure, topics, and the overall inclusive and collegial atmosphere which encourages collaboration and information sharing. She describes RDAP as a serious, yet welcoming conference regardless of who you are, what your position is, or where you come from.

“I encourage any librarian with even an inkling of interest in research data management, access, or preservation to attend.” – Joanna Thielen

She also notes that RDAP is not just for librarians and that the diverse community of  “people working in government libraries, cultural heritage institutions, industry, data science, and funding agencies” really makes RDAP an impactful and unique experience for all.

Thanks for sharing your experience Joanna. Indeed we would have to agree with you, that there is something for everyone at RDAP!

Thank you, figshare!

The RDAP Summit is THIS WEEK! Select happy hour spots accordingly.

Our Summit was lucky to receive support from many generous sponsors. The RDAP community is grateful to libraries, foundations, professional organizations, and data publishers who share a commitment to the work of data access and preservation. One of those sponsors is figshare.

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Our friends at figshare support the 2016 RDAP Summit as a Partner. Partners are the superheroes of the Summit and our community, and we salute them today!

Most research data professionals are familiar with figshare, the open, free, multidisciplinary data repository. figshare provides researchers an option to share their data on a platform that encourages citation and facilitates discovery. Check out some ways figshare is making the process of data sharing better for our researchers:

  • Portals. Publishers and conferences understand the importance of responsibly sharing data and supplementary materials, and bonus! portals on figshare gives them the flexibility to support even more file types than they could on their own.

  • Consistently easy to use. When figshare joined Digital Science and did a massive redesign, they stuck to an intuitive, “stupidly simple” interface that respects researchers’ time and needs.

  • Improved personal accounts. This isn’t a “freemium” service. Only one account tier is available on figshare, and it has stellar features for every user.

In the current research climate, a data repository should conform to certain values (open science, supporting reproducibility) and also demonstrate real, tangible practices to which data management professionals can point researchers and their institutions. The RDAP community is all-too-familiar with disciplinary data repositories built on short-term grants. Some of us are familiar with the challenges of managing a repository. Many of us have worked with repositories as users. We think long-term and strive to balance ease-of-use with requirements for reuse and reproducibility. Similarly, the people who run figshare understand these challenges and care enough to do something about them. They stay sustainable long-term by building partnerships with institutions and publishers, which also creates opportunities to innovate (hi there, built-in 3D Crystallographic Information File viewer!). They were the first data repository to join the Digital Preservation Network. They build in new features like embargoes and confidential file types that we know our researchers want and need.

If you work at an academic institution, plan major conferences, or have relationships with publishers of any size, look into figshare for institutions and publishers. Even if you have an existing institutional or organizational data repository, it’s worth exploring, since figshare can integrate with software like DSpace and Fedora, and RIMS like Pure.

Keep an eye out for figshare this week! Thanks again to figshare for supporting RDAP!

Thank you, IASSIST!

The RDAP Summit will convene in Atlanta, less than a month from now. The program is posted. Registration is still open.

This year, several generous sponsors lent support to our community: libraries, professional organizations, data publishers. Our sponsors share a commitment to the work of data access and preservation. The International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is one of them.

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IASSIST supports RDAP as a Partner. Partners are the MVPs of the Summit and we raise a glass to them today! Check out how IASSIST can help you:

  • A smorgasbord of hands-on workshops at every IASSIST conference. This year, in Norway! If you’re not going to RDAP, I hope you’re going to Bergen. Learn more.

  • Interest groups. Join a diverse array of professionals on the Data Viz, Open Source, or Geospatial IGs. Jump in.

  • IASSIST Quarterly. In a sea of literature, IQ balances the practical and theoretical and regularly brings on guest editors for fascinating special issues. Read more.

For many of us, a professional organization has value when it exposes us to new ideas and practical skills. It welcomes diversity. It builds community. We come back to RDAP every year because of its focus on the issues and practices of research data professionals. Similarly, IASSIST draws together data and technology professionals in the social sciences: information specialists, methodologists and computing specialists, and researchers. International in focus, they support professionals from countries with emerging economies through the IASSIST Fellow Program. From our perspective, IASSIST is the perfect fit for someone who enjoys the RDAP Summit.

When you’re considering where to invest your professional dollars and time, seriously consider an IASSIST membership. It’s exceptionally affordable and a huge value whether you’re a social scientist or support people in the social sciences. If you’re already an IASSIST member and you’re attending RDAP, don’t be shy — tell us what you love about it!

Thanks again to IASSIST!

Carolyn Bishoff is the sponsorship coordinator for RDAP16. For more information, contact her at cbishoff@umn.edu. 

RDAP 2016 is heading to Atlanta!

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The 2016 Research Data Access and Preservation Summit will be held May 4-6Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA.

Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information over the coming months. Call for proposals will go out in late October/early November 2015.

For the latest RDAP news:

Questions? Contact the RDAP16 program chairs! Lisa Zilinski at ldz@cmu.edu and Kate Dillon at katherine.dillon@sjsu.edu.

Hope to see you in Atlanta!

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