Archive for the 'Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management' Category

"Research Data Management Practices: A Snapshot in Time"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 30th, 2015

Mary Anne Kennan and Lina Markauskaite have published "Research Data Management Practices: A Snapshot in Time" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

There is increasing pressure from funders, publishers, the public, universities and other research organisations for researchers to improve their data management and sharing practices. However, little is known about researchers' data management and sharing practices and concerns. The research reported in this paper seeks to address this by providing insight into the research data management and sharing practices of academics at ten universities in New South Wales, Australia. Empirical data was taken from a survey to which 760 academics responded, with 634 completing at least one section. Results showed that at the time of the survey there were a wide variety of research data in use, including analogue data, and that the challenges researchers faced in managing their data included finding safe and secure storage, particularly after project completion, but also during projects when data are used (and thus stored) on a wide variety of less-than-optimal temporary devices. Data sharing was not widely practiced and only a relatively small proportion of researchers had a research data management plan.

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    "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 27th, 2015

    SHARE has released "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Accomplishments since the first SHARE Community Meeting in October 2014 include the DuraSpace webinar series, launch of the share-research.org website and the SHARE Notify beta, and surpassing the milestone of one million research release events included in SHARE Notify. Currently in the works are partnerships with IRIS [http://iris.isr.umich.edu/] and ORCID and a pending grant proposal to fund Phase II of SHARE.

    See also: "SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015."

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      "Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia"

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on July 20th, 2015

      Michele Claibourn has published "Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Every story has a beginning, where the narrator chooses to start, though this is rarely the genesis. This story begins with the launch of the University of Virginia Library's new Research Data Services unit in October 2013. Born from the conjoining of a data management team and a data analysis team, Research Data Services expanded to encompass data discovery and acquisitions, research software support, and new expertise in the use of restricted data. Our purpose is to respond to the challenges created by the growing ubiquity and scale of data by helping researchers acquire, analyze, manage, and archive these resources. We have made serious strides toward becoming 'the face of data services at U.Va.' This article tells a bit of our story so far, relays some early challenges and how we've responded to them, outlines several initial successes, and summarizes a few lessons going forward.

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        "Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 17th, 2015

        Julie Goldman et al. have published "Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The focus of data management literature has been on programs at individual institutions and on higher-education initiatives as a whole (Reznik-Zellen et al. 2012). In contrast, this assessment distinctively surveys New England Region (NER) medical and biomedical libraries and their development of educational programs and appropriate services for research data management. Unique to this study, this group of special libraries shared their institution's status on offering data services, how their librarians are becoming educated on data management, and if their users are in need of these types of services.

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          "Data Stewardship in the Earth Sciences"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 16th, 2015

          Robert R. Downs et al. have published "Data Stewardship in the Earth Sciences" in D-Lib Magazine.

          Here's an excerpt:

          In the Earth Sciences, for the past 15+ years, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) has been working to make Earth science data more discoverable, accessible, and usable by more people. As a part of this effort, the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee has worked on a variety of recommendations, best practices, and guidelines that have significantly moved data stewardship in the Earth sciences forward, with impacts ranging from influencing how data management is done within government agencies and by other data stewards, to providing guidelines for citation of Earth science data used by publishers in the Earth sciences. Completed and ongoing activities of the committee are described. Interested readers are invited to join our community.

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            RDM Workflows and Integrations for HEIs Using Hosted Services

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on July 14th, 2015

            Arkivum has released RDM Workflows and Integrations for HEIs Using Hosted Services.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report aims to look at what workflows are typically in place, where the gaps are, and how hosted RDM services could help fill these gaps or simplify the processes. In particular, this report aims to:

            • Describe the workflows/processes involved when researchers and institutions use or operate RDM infrastructure (tools, services, platforms).
            • Provide practical examples of how RDM workflows are implemented and supported at a range of UK Higher Education Institutions, including integration of systems/tools.
            • Define/compare the strengths/weaknesses when using hosted RDM infrastructure, onsite infrastructure or a combination.

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              "Articulating a Vision for Community-Engaged Data Curation in the Digital Humanities"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities on July 14th, 2015

              Lydia Zvyagintseva has self-archived "Articulating a Vision for Community-Engaged Data Curation in the Digital Humanities."

              Here's an excerpt:

              The purpose of this study was to identify critical elements in a conceptual model for a community-engaged data curation in the digital humanities, to propose a set of evaluation criteria that would act as guiding principles in pursuing such work in the future, and to explore ways in which community-engaged data curation practice can further the mission of public digital humanities.

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                "PLOS Recommended Data Repositories"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories on July 8th, 2015

                Daniella Lowenberg has published "PLOS Recommended Data Repositories" in EveryOne.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In line with our updated Data Policy, we are pleased to announce a PLOS Data Repository Recommendation Guide.

                To support the selection of data repositories for authors, PLOS has identified a set of established repositories, which are recognized and trusted within their respective communities. To develop the list, we consulted with editors, organizations running data repositories, and other publishers in order to cover the breadth of disciplines and subject areas published by PLOS.

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                  "Meeting the Needs of Data Management Training: The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Data Management for Scientists Short Course"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 3rd, 2015

                  Chung-Yi Hou has published "Meeting the Needs of Data Management Training: The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Data Management for Scientists Short Course" in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  In order to assist scientists and their library and information partners to gain familiarity, skills, and knowledge of data management, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) has developed the Data Management for Scientists Short Course. The Short Course provides training on a range of data management topics, including metadata, file formats, and interoperable content. This paper provides an overview of the background and motivation for data management, followed by an introduction to the Short Course. The discussion on the Short Course' features demonstrates the advantages of learning the fundamentals of data management through the Short Course. The paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of familiarity with data management practices for both researchers and their library and information partners.

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                    "Examination of Federal Data Management Plan Guidelines"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 3rd, 2015

                    Jennifer L. Thoegersen has published "Examination of Federal Data Management Plan Guidelines" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship .

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    This paper examines federal funding agencies' data management plan guidelines in relation to the broad elements of data management identified by the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data: Description, Impact, Content & Format, Protection, Preservation, Access, and Transfer of Responsibility. Specifically, statements in agencies' guidelines were categorized into the most applicable category (or categories). The representation of each category within each agency's guidelines was addressed, and the statements falling in each category were analyzed. Some categories, including Access and Preservation, were represented in all or nearly all of the guidelines examined. Other categories-Impact and Transfer of Responsibility-were rarely addressed.

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                      Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 5

                      Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications on July 1st, 2015

                      Digital Scholarship has released Version 5 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 350 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

                      The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows:

                      Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.

                      Most sources have been published from January 2009 through December 2014; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

                      Abstracts are included in this bibliography if a work is under a Creative Commons Attribution License (BY and national/international variations), a Creative Commons public domain dedication (CC0), or a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark and this is clearly indicated in the work (see the "Note on the Inclusion of Abstracts" for more details).

                      It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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                        "A System for Distributed Minting and Management of Persistent Identifiers"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata on May 27th, 2015

                        Lukasz Bolikowski, et al. have published "A System for Distributed Minting and Management of Persistent Identifiers" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Minting persistent identifiers and managing their metadata is typically governed by a single organization. Such a single point of failure poses a risk to longevity and long-term preservation of identifiers. In this paper we address the risk by proposing a radically different approach, in which minting and management of persistent identifiers is distributed, and the integrity of the distributed system is guaranteed by public-key cryptography. We describe the general architecture of the system, analyse its robustness and discuss potential deployment scenarios

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