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

"Developing Library GIS Services for Humanities and Social Science: An Action Research Approach"

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

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Developing Library GIS Services for Humanities and Social Science: An Action Research Approach" by Ningning Kong, Michael Fosmire, and Benjamin Dewayne Branch.

Here's an excerpt:

In the academic libraries' efforts to support digital humanities and social science, GIS service plays an important role. However, there is no general service model existing about how libraries can develop GIS services to best engage with digital humanities and social science. In this study, we adopted the action research method to develop and improve our service model. Our results suggested that a library's GIS service can support humanities and social science from the research collaboration, learning support, and outreach perspectives, with different focuses according to the stages of learning and research. The research framework adopted in this study not only can serve as an efficient tool for developing GIS services, but also can be expanded to other library service areas.

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"Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 20th, 2016

Andrew M. Johnson and Shelley Knuth have published "Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

Objective: To examine the effects of research data services (RDS) on the quality of data management plans (DMPs) required for a campus-level faculty grant competition, as well as to explore opportunities that the local DMP requirement presented for RDS outreach. . . .

Results: Analyses showed that RDS consultations had a statistically significant effect on DMP scores. Differences between DMP scores for funded versus unfunded proposals and among disciplinary categories were not significant. The DMP requirement also provided a number of both expected and unexpected outreach opportunities for RDS services.

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"Requirements on Long-Term Accessibility and Preservation of Research Results with Particular Regard to Their Provenance"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 19th, 2016

Andreas Weber and Claudia Piesche have published "Requirements on Long-Term Accessibility and Preservation of Research Results with Particular Regard to Their Provenance" in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article we describe the considerations regarding the implementation of a local research data repository for the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 840. The main focus will be on the examination of requirements for, and an agenda of, a possible technical implementation. Requirements were derived from a more theoretical examination of similar projects and relevant literature, diverse discussions with researchers and project leaders, by analysis of existing publication data, and finally the prototypical implementation with refining iterations.

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"Congress Wants to Turn Obama’s Open Data Actions into Law"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science on April 18th, 2016

Representative Derek Kilmer has released "Congress Wants to Turn Obama's Open Data Actions into Law."

Here's an excerpt:

A new bill introduced Thursday would give a legislative basis to a number of open data initiatives already underway in the federal government under executive order.

The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, introduced by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, would build upon a number open data policies from the Obama administration that push federal agencies to make as much data as possible free for the public to use.

A Senate version of the bill will also soon be introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-HI, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

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Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 15th, 2016

OCLC Research has released Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Many research libraries are taking on a new role to support the research data management needs of their researchers and of their universities. In many cases, there are few resources to support the activity and a single librarian may have only the title or responsibility to get started. This document begins by suggesting very low-overhead ways to start a management program and goes on to describe services that can be added as possible to build out the program. References to many other resources are included.

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Presentations from the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 14th, 2016

eScholarship@UMM has released presentations from the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The theme for the 2016 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium: "Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action"

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"Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 13th, 2016

Tess Grynoch has published "Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context" in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management.

Here's an excerpt:

Research data management (RDM) has become an increasingly pressing issue for academic libraries as they strive to assist researchers in addressing new public funding requirements surrounding data dissemination and preservation. Briney, Goben, & Zilinski (2015) reviewed several characteristics of RDM service provision efforts by 206 American research universities. Following a similar methodology, the author reviewed RDM service development within Canadian research universities and compared the results to the American efforts. The main area requiring development in Canada is the provision of RDM services. Therefore, some current best practices for implementing RDM services were gathered through a literature review. The successful approaches highlighted in the literature include awareness of funder and institutional data policies, reaching out to data service providers on campus and beyond, understanding researcher data management needs and finding RDM champions, implementing research data services strategically, planning for growth in RDM services, marketing the RDM services, and creating incentives to create data management plans and utilize RDM services.

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Coursera and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Launch MOOC-Based Master’s Degree in Data Science

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 5th, 2016

Coursera and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have launched a MOOC-based Master's Degree in Data Science.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Coursera, a leading online education company known for massive open online courses (MOOCs), today announced a professional data science master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Home to one of the top five computer science graduate programs in the United States, the University of Illinois will open access to its world-class data science curriculum at a fraction of the cost of a traditional on-campus or online master's degree through the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree on Coursera.

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"Transparency: The Emerging Third Dimension of Open Science and Open Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on April 1st, 2016

Liz Lyon has published "Transparency: The Emerging Third Dimension of Open Science and Open Data" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents an exploration of the concept of research transparency. The policy context is described and situated within the broader arena of open science. This is followed by commentary on transparency within the research process, which includes a brief overview of the related concept of reproducibility and the associated elements of research integrity, fraud and retractions. A two-dimensional model or continuum of open science is considered and the paper builds on this foundation by presenting a three-dimensional model, which includes the additional axis of 'transparency'. The concept is further unpacked and preliminary definitions of key terms are introduced: transparency, transparency action, transparency agent and transparency tool.

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"Migrating 2 and 3D Datasets: Preserving AutoCAD at the Archaeology Data Service"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 31st, 2016

Katie Green, Kieron Niven, and Georgina Field have published "Migrating 2 and 3D Datasets: Preserving AutoCAD at the Archaeology Data Service" in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

Here's an excerpt:

The lessons learnt during the largescale CAD migration process presented in this paper provide an important insight into the digital preservation component of Research Data Management practice.

While the overall migration process presented in this paper was not a strict migration according to the OAIS model and in many cases essentially involved "re-archiving" data, the exercise itself was necessary for the long-term preservation of the data and was undertaken in such a way as to achieve the best possible outcome for both the ADS and data consumers. While elements of the process were both laborious and time consuming (and therefore costly), as a result of having to reassess original files in the SIP, this highlights the benefits of normalizing data at the point of ingest and the production of homogenous AIPs to stable, reliable standards and formats, reaffirming the importance of professional Research Data Management and preservation practices.

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"Making Sense of Researcher Services"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on March 28th, 2016

Justin Shanks and Kenning Arlitsch have published "Making Sense of Researcher Services" in the Journal of Library Administration.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article we establish three categories (author/researcher identification, academic/professional networking, and reference/citation management) and examine nineteen services that fit into those categories.

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"Dissertations and Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on March 24th, 2016

Joachim Schöpfel et al. have self-archived "Dissertations and Data."

Here's an excerpt:

The keynote provides an overview on the field of research data produced by PhD students, in the context of open science, open access to research results, e-Science and the handling of electronic theses and dissertations. The keynote includes recent empirical results and recommendations for good practice and further research. In particular, the paper is based on an assessment of 864 print and electronic dissertations in sciences, social sciences and humanities from the Universities of Lille (France) and Ljubljana (Slovenia), submitted between 1987 and 2015, and on a survey on data management with 270 scientists in social sciences and humanities of the University of Lille

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