Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Data Webinars, Live and Recorded

Needing a refresher on data your data reference skills? Looking for background information on a particular type of data? Check out the following webinars focused on data and data reference:

On August 18, data librarians Hailey Mooney and Jen Darragh will present a webinar aimed at helping you answer patrons' data and statistics questions. "Data for the Non-Data Librarian" will be held from 11PST/2EST, and will hit topics such as the difference between data and statistics, search strategies for both, ways of finding local area data, and how to leverage free and paid data resources. Register at http://ow.ly/QMAOR.

Earlier today, the Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association hosted the latest in their "Help, I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian" webinars. Kristin Partlo presented "Accessing Datasets for the Data Curious," which included information on helping patrons download data, exploring the relevance of a dataset, and alerting patrons to common pitfalls and patterns. This series of webinars is archived online: other webinars covered court records, environmental data, the National Archives, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, geocoding, and many (many!) more, most of which have the slides and recorded session available.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IASSIST2015 Research Data Management Sessions

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The International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST2015) upcoming conference (Bridging the Data Divide: Data in the International Context) is highly focused on data, with tracks on research data management, data services professional development, and data infrastructure and applications. It draws an international crowd that skews social science, but other types of data librarians/curators/managers are also in attendance in large numbers. There are typically multiple sessions in each block that a data librarian might want to attend, and trying to pick through based simply on track might have you missing some excellent offerings in another area.



That said, my job is "data curriculum and communications librarian," so my interests lie primarily in data services, policy, marketing and communications, and teaching and education. I've picked through the schedule and am sharing here the sessions I plan on attending. And though there's a large number of posters and pecha kucha talks I'm interested in, I highlighted the ones that best matched my primary interests.

Check out the list here goo.gl/BQ5Zvw, and feel free to share your own list in the comments below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

ALA 2015 Research Data Management/Curation Programming

ALA hasn't historically been known for a heavy dose of data librarian-related sessions or presentations, but it's worth taking a look at this year's annual conference (#alaac15). There's a small but topical group of sessions that will be of interest to data librarians/curators, including a data management plan preconference, a two-part session on data visualization in the library, and a panel presentation from DCIG titled "Conversations with Digital Curation Practitioners," with talks from three speakers and a chance for Q&A.

If you're heading to San Francisco, check out the list of data-related sessions here https://goo.gl/PStgkZ. If I've left anything off, please let me know in the comments. And make sure to tweet as you conference! We'll be watching the hashtag for data-related comments.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Upcoming data speakers on UW Campus

Several upcoming speakers on the UW campus will be of interest to local data folks:
  • Tuesday, April 28 @ 1:30, Data Science Studio, 6th floor Physics/Astronomy Tower. Tony Hey will speak on Physics and Computing: Open Science Decoded. Abstract: "The talk will start with the OSTP memo on open access, and then go on to discuss executable papers and best practice for reproducibility of computational physics research. After looking at computing for Big Physics (e.g. the ATLAS collaboration at the CERN LHC), for Medium-scale Physics (with the UK's Collaborative Computational Projects), and for Long Tail Physics, the paper ends with some comments about open source, scientific software quality and career paths for scientific software developers."
  • Wednesday, April 29 @ 2pm, Allen Auditorium, Allen Library. Data Librarian Jenny Muilenburg will address Data Management Plans: Reading, Writing, and Sharing. Topics will include some of the different agency requirements around DMPs, some local resources to help create DMPs, and some examples from different disciplines.
  • Wednesday, April 29 @ 3:30pm, Data Science Studio. Cesar Hidalgo from the MIT Media Lab, Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies. Abstract: "The universe is made of energy, matter and information; but information is what makes the universe interesting. Without information, the universe would lack the shapes, structures, and order that gives the universe both its beauty and complexity. But where does information comes from and what are the natural, social, and economic mechanisms that help information grow? In this talk I will describe the growth of physical order—or information—from atoms to economies by explaining the physical mechanisms that allow order to exist, and the social and economic mechanisms that allow order to prevail in our society and economy."
  • Tuesday, May 5 @ 4pm, Data Science Studio. There will be an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)Info Session and Reception, useful for those wanting to know more about the Big Data IGERT PhD fellowship or the PhD program. Brief presentations from several IGERT students on current research will be features, as well as a Q&A session.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Data Management Plan Learning Session: 4/29, 2-3:30pm

On Wednesday, April 29, data librarian Jenny Muilenburg will lead a learning session titled "Data Management Plans: Reading, Writing and Sharing," from 2-3:30pm in the Allen Auditorium (Allen Library, University of Washington). During this 90 minutes, attendees will spend time learning about the different disciplinary and/or agency requirements for data management plans (DMPs), and will look at some examples from different disciplines. Tools and resources available to UW patrons will also be introduced, including DMP consults by librarians and DMPTool.

If you're unfamiliar with data management plans (or research data management in general), these very short videos from the University of Minnesota are a great introduction, and will be good preparation for the session.

This workshop is the last in a series began last fall. The first two were "Data Librarianship: Skills and Definitions," and "Archives & Repositories." See the workshop links here: http://staffweb.lib.washington.edu/units/Research-data-services/news/monday-april-20-2-3-30pm-data-management-plans-reading-writing-and-sharing.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Responses to NSF's (and Other Agencies') OSTP Response (Got That?)

Last month, the National Science Foundation released a report titled "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation." (We summarized yhehighlights in our blog post on March 18, 2015.) This plan is the first piece of the NSF goal to provide increased public access to NSF research outputs; more from NSF is expected this month.

There was a flurry of twitter-tivity following the report's release; you can follow the continued discussion via the hashtag #OSTPresp. You'll also be able to follow a discussion about other agencies' OSTP responses that were released in the few weeks prior to the NSF report. After several agencies updated or released new policies in close succession, Amanda Whitmire at Oregon State University updated her libguide describing Federal Public Access Plans, and also created a crowd-sourced document to keep track of agencies and their plans, available here: http://bit.ly/FedOASummary. Primarily maintained by academic library-based data specialists, the document is open to additions and edits, which will help everyone stay current as new plans come out (and old ones are edited). The document includes whether an agency's policy covers data as well as traditional research outputs, embargoes, data management plan (DMP) details, preferred repositories (if stated), and more.

The UW Libraries has created a simplified version of this document that is geared toward whether agencies have DMP requirements and what their preferred repository is, with an intended audience that is not in the librarian world. Here you'll find a list of agency requirements, where data and articles are made available, and whether or not there's a DMP requirement. It's a little easier for the layperson to digest than the full list, and can be helpful in presenting this information to faculty and researchers.

Continue to watch twitter and this blog for further information about OSTP responses and what they mean for researchers. And feel free to add anything we've missed in the comments.



Monday, March 23, 2015

UW Data Librarians to Present at ACRL

UW data librarians will be presenting in both a panel and poster session at ACRL 2015, both of which will be on the topic of research data management instruction.

At poster session 2 (Thursday, 3/26, 2-3pm in the Convention Center Exhibit Hall), Mahria Lebow and Jenny Muilenburg will be presenting results from their data management-focused session at 2014's Science Boot Camp West. "Using Active Learning Techniques to Engage Academic Librarians in Research Data Management" will illustrate the techniques they used to engage librarians in a non-introductory, 200-level research data management workshop meant to introduce attendees to RDM concepts in a hands-on way. Live polling and group work was used to generate questions, conversations and learning about various RDM topics.

The poll questions were a great way to both engage attendees and spark conversation, by letting audience members respond anonymously, while at the same time seeing how others in the audience were responding. Workshop attendees were quite positive in their feedback of the techniques used in the session, and in particular the polling section was effective. Poll questions are online at tinyurl.com/m9hvrue.

On Friday morning (3/27, 8:30-9:30am, Room A105 in the Convention Center), Jenny Muilenburg, Amanda Whitmire and Heather Coates will present on a panel titled "Promoting Sustainable Research Practices Through Effective Data Management Curricula." This session will detail how each librarian developed a strategy for teaching research data management in different contexts. Each will address how they created their content, assessed their effectiveness, and plans for future directions.

And in case you missed it in a previous post, a full list of data management planning programs at ACRL2015 is available at http://goo.gl/KUlI6y.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: NSF's OSTP response released today

The NSF OSTP response came out today. Here are a few choice tidbits from a quick reading:

"All data resulting from the research funded by the award, whether or not the data support a publication, should be deposited at the appropriate repository as explained in the DMP. Metadata associated with the data should conform to community standards and the requirements of the host repository. At a minimum, data elements should include acknowledgement of NSF support as well as the award number and appropriate attribution." pg 7

"NSF investigators typically have multiple funding sources. Since a given item may be based on funding from more than one agency, NSF expects to allow submissions of articles and papers to public access repositories operated by other Federal agencies that meet the standards of the OSTP February 22, 2013, memorandum and for which the investigator can provide a persistent identifier as an element in annual or final reports." pg 13

"In collaboration with other Federal agencies and interested parties, NSF will develop criteria for eligible repositories, based on the criteria set forth in the OSTP memorandum, and will provide appropriate guidance for awardees and investigators on the website.
NSF may initiate these discussions as early as FY 2016." pg 14.

"Rarely does NSF expect that retention of all data that are streamed from an instrument or created in the course of an experiment or survey will be required." pg. 15

"Over the next three years, NSF will consult with the community and with other Federal agencies and facilitate the establishment of standards for metadata and repository systems." pg 16

"NSF is aware that individual publishers and library systems are experimenting with new approaches to presenting information, linking publications to data, and providing pointers to repository systems. NSF proposes to foster these developments and their use by ensuring consistent and predictable access to the underlying information, thus providing a platform for creativity and innovation." pg 18.

There's much more in the full text, available here:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15052/nsf15052.pdf. It deserves a read if you have time!  NSF's Executive Summary of the plan, which is only two pages, is here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15051/nsf15051.pdf.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ACRL 2015 Research Data Management Programming

ACRL 2015 is coming up fast, and it's never too early to plan out your conference schedule. While research data management is not a heavy focus of ACRL (as compared to, say, Teaching & Learning), there are still several panels, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions on RDM and related issues, as well as a full-day preconference on setting up data management services. Unfortunately, of the four panel sessions on RDM, two are concurrent, but there is definitely enough to keep you busy.

Items here fall under several topical categories, including Scholarly Communication, Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Technology, and others. We tried to capture all data-management related items here, but if you notice something missing, please let us know in the comments.

The full list is available here: http://goo.gl/KUlI6y.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Research Data Management & Physics/Astronomy Librarian Office Hours

The eScience Institute and the UW Libraries are pleased to announce Research Data Management & Physics/Astronomy Librarian Office Hours in the WRF Data Science Studio.

Hours:
Physics/Astronomy Librarian Hours: 1-3p Mondays and 10a-12p Thursdays
Research Data Management Hours: 11a-1p Tuesdays and 1-3p Thursdays

Location: WRF Data Science Studio, 6th floor Physics/Astronomy Tower (map)

During each two-hour slot, librarians will be on hand to provide support and guidance in their relative areas of expertise.  This includes support for finding and accessing data, data management planning, data organization, reuse of data, data sharing and storage, data citation, instruction, literature review, publications, citation management tools, physics / astronomy / mathematics research, and more.

Some representative questions we have helped with in the past:
  • The funding agency for my grant requires me to share my data.  What are my options?
  • Can you help me prepare a data management plan for a grant proposal?
  • Are there standards in my field I should be using to describe my data?
  • I’d like to get a DOI for my dataset to include in a journal publication.  Can you help?
  • What can I do to keep track of my HEP citations? I need to keep projects separated.
  • I’m looking for a cosmology paper presented at a conference last year. Does the library have it?
  • How can I access Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics from home?