Thinking locally, looking globally: Sustainable preservation in an age of uncertainty (RDAP Webinar)

Thinking locally, looking globally: Sustainable preservation in an age of uncertainty (RDAP Webinar)

Save the date: April 5, 3-4PM EDT

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The RDAP Education and Resources team is excited to announce an upcoming webinar, “Thinking locally, looking globally: Sustainable preservation in an age of uncertainty.” Please join us for a discussion of issues and strategies relevant to planning and implementing sustainable digital preservation services. It is sure to be a great conversation!

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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

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.

RDAP Webinar Recording: Accelerating Public Access to Research Data Discussion

Now available is the recording of the December 4th follow up discussion on the the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) invitation-only workshop mentioned in our earlier post.  The workshop focused on the roles and responsibilities of institutions in providing public access to research data.

Three librarians who attended the workshop moderate the conversation which covers the themes and outcomes of the workshop.

Jake Carlson (University of Michigan)
Sherry Lake (University of Virginia)
Daureen Nesdill (University of Utah)

The follow up discussion was recorded on December 4, 2018
The AAU-APLU workshop was held October 29-30, 2018 in Washington DC.

RDAP Webinar: Where the Data Repo Meets

Where the Data Repo Meets the Road (RDAP Webinar)

The RDAP Education and Resources team is excited to announce the first in a series of webinars, each of which will allow members of the research data community to present their local approach to a particular topic. The first webinar will be “Where the Data Repo Meets the Road: Data Service Models in Practice“on November 8th, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm (ETD).

The webinar includes librarians from Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, and the Data Curation Network in a panel presentation and discussion of evolving service models that extend local RDM expertise through complementary collaborative, hosted, and third-party services. Continue reading “RDAP Webinar: Where the Data Repo Meets”

Getting the word out at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

When you work in a field that’s constantly changing, how do you keep up? Kristin Briney is one of the best people to ask. She has presented at RDAP and literally wrote the book on data management for researchers. She also knows firsthand that making an impact takes energy and patience. Her blog, Data Ab Initio, is an excellent resource for data experts and researchers alike.

Data expert: Kristin Briney (@KristinBriney)

Position and organization: Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Your job in ten words or less:

Data management evangelist and research support networker.

What made you want to work with research data?

I used to be a chemist until I decided that my favorite part of research was dealing with my data. Ironically, my data was also one of the most frustrating parts of research. So I got into data management due to this and the fact that I don’t want other researchers to repeat my data mistakes!

What are some highlights of your work? (Projects, successes, small victories)

There are lots of highlights. Seeing grad students’ faces when I tell them a data horror story then teach them the data management skill that will prevent them from living this story themselves. Talking to researchers about their data. Writing about a practical data management skill and seeing my writing adopted and used by other people. Publishing a book on data management.

What has been your biggest challenge (and how are you overcoming it)?

It’s hard to get the word out. Most researchers intrinsically know that they have issues with their data but don’t know that they can get help/where they can get help. Countering this is a slow process of building the support network.

A second problem is infrastructure. It’s hard to recommend places for researchers to deposit data (to comply with funder mandates) when there isn’t always a logical repository for the field.

What is the strangest or funniest thing to happen in your position?

Being the first data services librarian on my campus, there’s always an element of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. It’s both liberating and exhausting.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from your job?

Never stop learning. I love working in this field because it’s still developing, but it means that I read a lot to stay on top of things!

Care to share a few resources or vendors?

Retraction Watch! It’s a great source of horror stories (so useful for teaching) and has a pulse on the current issues with research & publishing.

Do you have a data management story to tell? Submit it here! Whether you’re one member of a huge team or the only data person in your organization, we want to share your experiences with the RDAP community.