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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on February 11th, 2016

Jenny Mitcham et al. have released Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016.

Here's an excerpt:

Phase 1 of the project investigated the need for digital preservation as part of a wider infrastructure for research data management and looked specifically at how the open source digital preservation system Archivematica could fulfil this function. . . .

Work in phase 2 had the following aims:

  • Work with Artefactual Systems to develop Archivematica in a number of areas (highlighted in our phase 1 report) in order to make the system more suitable for fitting into our infrastructures for research data management
  • Develop our own detailed implementation plans for Hull and York to establish how Archivematica will be incorporated into our local infrastructures for research data
  • Consider how Archivematica could work as an above campus installation
  • Consider how digital preservation is addressed by the projects in phase 2 of Research Data Spring

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    DuraSpace and LYRASIS Boards Approve "Intent to Merge"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on January 28th, 2016

    The DuraSpace and LYRASIS Boards have approved an "Intent to Merge".

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The respective boards unanimously approved an "Intent to Merge", which means the organizations, having done a careful initial investigation, will move into a public phase to consider an official plan and pathway for the potential coming together, including a full analysis of member benefits. The decision to eventually come together is not yet final. In this public phase of investigation, each organization seeks feedback from members of their organizations and will investigate carefully the value of all services, projects, membership models and organizational cultures to ensure a smooth transition for members of both organizations should a merger agreement occur.

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      "An Update on Peer Review and Research Data"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 26th, 2016

      Fiona Murphy has published "An Update on Peer Review and Research Data" in Learned Publishing.

      Here's an excerpt:

      As has been outlined here, the question of how to review research data and incorporate this into the publication process remains a knotty one. Various groups have made a certain amount of progress with potential recommendations, and domain-related and technical support functions are also emerging. However, the critical mass of active researchers has so far failed to engage.

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        "Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on January 25th, 2016

        Lisa M. Federer, Ya-Ling Lu, and Douglas J. Joubert, have published "Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers" in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This article reports on an exploratory study that expands on the existing literature by considering the data literacy training needs of career-level researchers and related staff. This study was conducted to inform the development of the data services program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library, which serves staff at NIH and other agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services.

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          Open Science, Open Data, Open Access

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on January 25th, 2016

          UKeiG has released Open Science, Open Data, Open Access for non-members.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Open Science is shown to be moving centre-stage, with a rationale of improving efficiency in science; increasing transparency and quality in the research validation process; speeding the transfer of knowledge; increasing knowledge spill-overs to the economy; addressing global challenges more effectively; and promoting citizens' engagement in science and research.

          Open Data is shown to have undergone a surge in practical development, mirroring the well established repositories for research outputs. The development and application of model policies and of principles is also discussed.

          The current major developments in Open Access are discussed in detail, including the identification and mirroring of success factors in funders' and institutions' policies and mandates for driving Open Access deposits and the growth in Gold Open Access.

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            If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on January 21st, 2016

            OCLC Research has released If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Some research libraries have been proactive in taking on the new role of supporting the research data management needs of researchers and the university, whereas others have been assigned this role without having sought it. Either way, additional financial or personnel resources rarely are in place to implement and sustain this activity. This brief document explores the pros and cons of seven possible funding sources. It also describes the current circumstances in seven countries outside the United States.

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              "Open Data in Global Environmental Research: The Belmont Forum’s Open Data Survey"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on January 20th, 2016

              Birgit Schmidt, Birgit Gemeinholzer, and Andrew Treloar have published "Open Data in Global Environmental Research: The Belmont Forum's Open Data Survey" in PLOS ONE.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This paper presents the findings of the Belmont Forum's survey on Open Data which targeted the global environmental research and data infrastructure community. It highlights users' perceptions of the term "open data", expectations of infrastructure functionalities, and barriers and enablers for the sharing of data. A wide range of good practice examples was pointed out by the respondents which demonstrates a substantial uptake of data sharing through e-infrastructures and a further need for enhancement and consolidation. Among all policy responses, funder policies seem to be the most important motivator. This supports the conclusion that stronger mandates will strengthen the case for data sharing.

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                Massive Yahoo News Feed Dataset Released

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Google and Other Search Engines on January 19th, 2016

                Yahoo has released a massive News Feed dataset.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The Yahoo News Feed dataset is a collection based on a sample of anonymized user interactions on the news feeds of several Yahoo properties, including the Yahoo homepage, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Movies, and Yahoo Real Estate. The dataset stands at a massive ~110B lines (1.5TB bzipped) of user-news item interaction data, collected by recording the user-news item interaction of about 20M users from February 2015 to May 2015.

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                  "Data Citation Services in the High-Energy Physics Community"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 18th, 2016

                  Patricia Herterich and Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen have published "Data Citation Services in the High-Energy Physics Community" in D-Lib Magazine.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  In this article we present a case study of data citation services for the High-Energy Physics (HEP) community using digital library technology. Our example shows how the concept of data citation is implemented for the complete research workflow, covering data production, publishing, citation and tracking of data reuse. We also describe challenges faced and distil lessons learnt for infrastructure providers and scholarly communication stakeholders across disciplines.

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                    "RDAP Review: Research Data Integration in the Purdue Libraries"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on December 7th, 2015

                    Lisa D. Zilinski, et al. have published "RDAP Review: Research Data Integration in the Purdue Libraries" in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In 2014, the Research Data group @ Purdue University Libraries developed and rolled out a new organizational structure, leading to increased collaborations across campus. This panel talk at the 2015 ASIS&T RDAP Summit gave an overview of the new Purdue model of data services and in-depth looks into how the specialists and liaisons have incorporated data services activities and education into their responsibilities and research. In this article, the panelists discuss their roles and how they integrate in the libraries' overall strategy.

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                      "Charles W. Bailey, Jr." (Interview with Bailey in Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture)

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on November 11th, 2015

                      Michèle V. Cloonan has published "Charles W. Bailey, Jr." in Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. (The image on the journal’s page for the article that appears instead of an abstract is one of Bailey’s digital pastel drawings.)

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      A sea change seems to be occurring in the attitudes of research libraries and some academic libraries toward digital preservation: it's increasingly being seen as mission critical, rather than being simply desirable. This will lead to greater resource allocations to this function, and that will have beneficial secondary effects for other libraries, such as more open source systems and tools being developed (and enhanced) and more interest in the field by commercial vendors.

                      Someday digital curation and preservation may be completely routine library activities that can be easily performed primarily by support staff, who are following widely accepted and proven methodologies and are using full-featured digital curation systems that seamlessly integrate with related library, institutional, and cooperative systems. In the meantime, there is a lot of innovative and challenging work to do, which is what makes digital curation and preservation such an attractive field.

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                        "Preparing to Accept Research Data: Creating Guidelines for Librarians"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on November 11th, 2015

                        Laura B. Palumbo et al. have published "Preparing to Accept Research Data: Creating Guidelines for Librarians" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        In order to provide a better defined workflow and mission for research data services, in July 2014, the Rutgers University Librarian organized a Task Force to investigate the evaluation process for technical, legal, and confidential issues involved in research data acceptance, and to establish an administrative and evaluation framework for the deposit of research data. . . . This paper will discuss the issues addressed by the Task Force; acknowledging ownership of data through an institutional data policy, preventing exposure of confidential or sensitive data, establishing a reconfigured data team, requirements for storage capacity and funding, creating a workflow which includes collaboration with research offices, and offering guidance for both researchers and librarians working with research data.

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