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Sloan Foundation Funds Frictionless Data initiative

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Grants on March 4th, 2016

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has given a $700,000 grant to Open Knowledge International to support its Frictionless Data initiative .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The funding will target standards work, tooling, and infrastructure around "data packages" as well as piloting and outreach activities to support researchers and civic technologists in addressing real problems encountered when working with data.

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    IMLS and Partners Launch Fourth Digging into Data Challenge

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Grants on March 4th, 2016

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services and 15 national funding agencies have launched the Fourth Digging into Data Challenge.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    This year's competition is presented under the auspices of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), a consortium of sixteen international funders of social sciences and humanities research from Europe, South America, and North America. U.S. funding agencies are IMLS, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. With new funders from Europe and, for the first time, South America, research teams will have opportunities for more diverse collaborations and subjects of inquiry. . . .

    The Digging into Data funding opportunity is open to international projects that consist of teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address a research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Research partners will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.

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      Webinar Recording: "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries on March 1st, 2016

      DuraSpace has released "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      On February 24, 2016, Rick Johnson (Program Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Head, Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; Visiting Program Officer for SHARE at the Association of Research Libraries) and Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Director, DuraSpace; Professor Emeritus, University of Florida) presented, "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

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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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