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"Steal This Idea: A Library Instructors’ Guide to Educating Students in Data Management Skills"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 5th, 2014

Lisa Johnston and Jon Jeffryes have published "Steal This Idea: A Library Instructors' Guide to Educating Students in Data Management Skills" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

This article provides a big-picture overview of the work conducted by UM to meet the data literacy needs of our graduate students. We've adapted our instructional approach to data management over the years.

Digital Scholarship | "A Quarter-Century as an Open Access Publisher"

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    "Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: Long-Term Longitudinal Studies"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on August 20th, 2014

    Alexandra Wood et al. have self-archived "Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: Long-Term Longitudinal Studies."

    Here's an excerpt:

    The defining characteristics of a long-term longitudinal study—that such a study follows a large number of individuals over extended periods of time and collects vast quantities of sometimes very sensitive personal information from subjects—create a number of challenges for researchers working with longitudinal data. Over the course of a longitudinal study, data collection, uses of data, privacy expectations, and laws may change, leaving the scope of subjects' consent unclear. The use of contractors for data collection and the need to retain administrative data linked to records to recontact subjects over time may increase the risk of disclosure.

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      "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 9th, 2014

      Karen Antell et al. have published "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians' Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions" in College & Research Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science librarians' awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories, data repositories, and data management support services at their institutions. The study also explores the roles and responsibilities, both new and traditional, that science librarians have assumed related to data management, and the skills that science librarians believe are necessary to meet the demands of data management work.

      Digital Scholarship | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4

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        "Research Data Management Case Studies"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 7th, 2014

        LIBER's Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has released "Research Data Management Case Studies."

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        These studies describe policies and strategies that pave the way for the creation, institutional integration and the running of support services and underlying infrastructures. In addition, challenges and lessons learned are described, and ways-forward outlined.

        Digital Scholarship | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4

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          Preserving eBooks

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on July 7th, 2014

          The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preserving eBooks.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Written by Portico's Amy Kirchhoff and Sheila Morrissey, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report discusses the current developments and issues with which public, national and higher education libraries, publishers, aggregators and preservation institutions must contend to ensure long-term access to eBook content.

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            Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4

            Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 23rd, 2014

            Digital Scholarship has released version 4 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 320 English-language articles 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 June 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.

            It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

            For broader coverage of the digital curation literature, see the author's Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works,which presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports, and the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works, 2012 Supplement, which presents over 130 additional sources.

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              "The ‘Digital’ Scholarship Disconnect"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on June 17th, 2014

              Clifford Lynch has published "The 'Digital' Scholarship Disconnect" in EDUCAUSE Review.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Still, in all of these examples of digital scholarship, a key challenge remains: How can we curate and manage data now that so much of it is being produced and collected in digital form? How can we ensure that it will be discovered, shared, and reused to advance scholarship? We are struggling through the establishment of institutions, funding models, policies and practices, and even new legal requirements and community norms—ranging from cultural changes about who can use data (and when) to economic decisions about who should pay for what. Some disciplines are less contentious than others: for example, astronomy data is technically well-understood and usually not terribly sensitive. Reputation, rather than commercial reward, is wrapped up in astronomical discoveries, and there is no institutional review board to ensure the safety and dignity of astronomical objects. On the other hand, human subjects and their data raise an enormous number of questions about informed consent, privacy, and anonymization; when there are genetic markers or possible treatments to be discovered or validated, serious high-value commercial interests may be at stake. All of these factors tend to work against the free and convenient sharing of data.

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                "The University Library as Incubator for Digital Scholarship"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on June 17th, 2014

                Bryan Sinclair has published "The University Library as Incubator for Digital Scholarship" in EDUCAUSE Review.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The campus of the future will be increasingly connected and collaborative, and the library can be the community center and beta test kitchen for new forms of interdisciplinary inquiry. Libraries have always been in the business of knowledge creation and transfer, and the digital scholarship incubator within the library can serve as a natural extension of this essential function. In an age of visualization, analytics, big data, and new forms of online publishing, these central spaces can facilitate knowledge creation and transfer by connecting people, data, and technology in a shared collaborative space.

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