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"Research Data Management: A Case Study"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on October 12th, 2015

Gary Brewerton has published "Research Data Management: A Case Study" in Ariadne.

Here's an excerpt:

In April 2014 Loughborough University launched an innovative cloud-based platform [1] to deliver long-term archiving and discovery for its research data. The platform was based upon the Arkivum/100 [2] digital archiving service from Arkivum and the figshare for institutions solution from Figshare [3]. This article discusses the background and implementation of this new platform at the University.

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    "Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology"

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

    College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology."

    Here's an excerpt:

    This research assessed perceptions of data information literacy and attitudes on its instruction for graduate students in meteorology. As academic librarians have traditionally provided information literacy instruction, the research determined if they were perceived as having a role in data information literacy instruction. The modified Delphi method was applied to obtain the perspectives of a panel of experts, representing students, librarians, professors, and researchers, for the purpose of forecasting and consensus-making.

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      "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study"

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2015

      College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study."

      Here's an excerpt:

      The data landscape study at Virginia Tech addresses the changing modes of faculty scholarship and supports the development of a user-centric data infrastructure, management, and curation system. The study investigates faculty researchers' current practices in organizing, describing, and preserving data and the emerging needs for services and education. The results demonstrate the changing nature of faculty demands regarding data documentation, storage, and archiving and identify opportunities for libraries to develop a coherent service, research, and education system to address the evolving needs.

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        "Data-Intensive Science and Campus IT"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 29th, 2015

        Jerry Sheehan et al. have published "Data-Intensive Science and Campus IT" in EDUCAUSE Review.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Montana State University developed the Research Data Census to engage local research communities in dialogue about their data: size, sharing resources and behaviors, and interest in services. The census confirmed the need for a tight coupling of IT infrastructure to data and curation services in order to make those resources useful to the research community.

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          "Data Management Practices Across an Institution: Survey and Report"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 24th, 2015

          Cunera Buys and Pamela Shaw have published "Data Management Practices Across an Institution: Survey and Report" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

          Here's an excerpt:

          A 21-question survey was distributed to approximately 12,940 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral candidates, and selected research-affiliated staff at Northwestern's Evanston and Chicago Campuses. Survey questions solicited information regarding types and size of data, current and future needs for data storage, data retention and data sharing, what researchers are doing (or not doing) regarding data management planning, and types of training or assistance needed. There were 831 responses and 788 respondents completed the survey, for a response rate of approximately 6.4%.

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            "Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on September 24th, 2015

            Kristin Briney et al. have published "Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication,.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study reviewed library data services efforts and institutional data policies of 206 American universities, drawn from the July 2014 Carnegie list of universities with "Very High" or "High" research activity designation. Twenty-four different characteristics relating to university type, library data services, policy type, and policy contents were examined.

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              A Selection of Research Data Management Tools Throughout the Data Lifecycle

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on September 22nd, 2015

              Jan Krause has self-archived "A Selection of Research Data Management Tools Throughout the Data Lifecycle."

              Here's an excerpt:

              In this document, several useful research data management tools are listed and described for each step of their research throughout the data lifecyle management.

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                "Changes in Data Sharing and Data Reuse Practices and Perceptions among Scientists Worldwide"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 8th, 2015

                Carol Tenopir et al. have published "Changes in Data Sharing and Data Reuse Practices and Perceptions among Scientists Worldwide" in PLOS ONE.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In this study, the DataONE Usability and Assessment working group addresses two primary goals: To examine the current state of data sharing and reuse perceptions and practices among research scientists as they compare to the 2009/2010 baseline study, and to examine differences in practices and perceptions across age groups, geographic regions, and subject disciplines. We distributed surveys to a multinational sample of scientific researchers at two different time periods (October 2009 to July 2010 and October 2013 to March 2014) to observe current states of data sharing and to see what, if any, changes have occurred in the past 3-4 years. We also looked at differences across age, geographic, and discipline-based groups as they currently exist in the 2013/2014 survey. Results point to increased acceptance of and willingness to engage in data sharing, as well as an increase in actual data sharing behaviors. However, there is also increased perceived risk associated with data sharing, and specific barriers to data sharing persist.

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                  "Getting Emotional about Data: The Soft Side of Data Management Services"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 4th, 2015

                  Amanda K. Rinehart has published "Getting Emotional about Data: The Soft Side of Data Management Services" in College & Research Libraries News.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  While I have yet to discover why researchers do not readily acknowledge that research, and the data that underpins that research, has emotional connotations, I have found that using active listening skills minimizes negativity during consultations.

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                    "Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer"

                    Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 2nd, 2015

                    Michael W. Carroll has published "Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer" in PLOS Biology.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common questions are (1) what are the legal rights in data; (2) who has these rights; and (3) how does one with these rights use them to share data in a way that permits or encourages productive downstream uses? Leaving to the side privacy and national security laws that regulate sharing certain types of data, this Perspective explains how to work through the general intellectual property and contractual issues for all research data.

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                      Research Data Management: A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 1st, 2015

                      NISO has released Research Data Management: A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data. The importance of creating a data management plan (DMP) before beginning a research data project is emphasized. Crucial questions regarding how the data will be managed are answered ahead of time in a DMP, thus making it easier for the researcher to collect and document the data properly for future use and reuse. Creating research data that is easily reproducible and transparent is the ultimate goal, and following the guidelines in this primer can help educate researchers to ensure their data is available for others. The differences between publishing papers and publishing datasets and the citation challenges the data community are working on solving are also discussed.

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                        "Dataverse 4.0: Defining Data Publishing"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing on August 31st, 2015

                        Mercè Crosas has self-archived "Dataverse 4.0: Defining Data Publishing."

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The research community needs reliable, standard ways to make the data produced by scientific research available to the community, while getting credit as data authors. As a result, a new form of scholarly publication is emerging: data publishing. Data pubishing—or making data long-term accessible, reusable and citable—is more involved than simply providing a link to a data file or posting the data to the researchers web site. In this paper, we define what is needed for proper data publishing and describe how the open-source Dataverse software helps define, enable and enhance data publishing for all.

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