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Monday, February 25, 2013

DataONE Summer Internship Program

Data folks interested in spending part of their summer working on intensive data-and-science-related topics can now apply for one of eight open DataONE internship positions. The internships are available to undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates who have received their masters in the last five years, and there are no restrictions on field of study as long as prospective intern's qualifications and interests match a project. Each intern will be paired with a mentor, who does not have to be in the same location or institution. 2013 project titles include:

- Next Generation Data Environment: Semantically-Enabling the DataONE Metadata Environment
- Ontology Mappings in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Evaluation of Ontology Coverage for Curation
- Integrating Data Stories into DataONE Education and Community Engagement Products
- Data Policies for Public Participation in Scientific Research
- Bi-level Metadata Registry Development
- PBase: Provenance as a First-class Citizen in DataONE
- Build Fundamental Components for Provenance-aware Model Exploration, Evaluation, and Benchmarking Cyber-infrastructure Prototype
- A Visualization Tool for Provenance in DataONE

More detail about these topics and the internships is available at

Application deadline is March 17th 2013. The internship runs from May 27 - July 26 and interns will receive a stipend of $5,000.

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is "a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation."

Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Discovering Research Data Online

On Tuesday February 26 (that's tomorrow, folks!) from 3-5:30PM EST/12-2:30PST, the Board on Research Data and Information will be hosting a symposium called "Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Discovering Research Data Online." As research becomes more data intensive and the amount of data produced continues to grow, knowing how to find relevant data is increasing in importance. Acknowledging the variety of solutions in use for storing and locating data, the symposium will also be looking at the issues of "pervasive infrastructure, standardization of approaches, and the usual questions of who does what, where, and how?" Speakers will include Clifford Lynch from CNI and Francine Berman from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The 2.5 hour discussion will be audiocast live; the address will be posted at about an hour before the event.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Digital Curation Conference videos online

For those of us who weren't in Amsterdam last month for the 8th International Digital Curation Conference, video for many of the presentations has been posted online

Included is UW's Stephanie Wright participating in a panel, "What is a Data Scientist?" She spoke as the Data Librarian, along with Data Steward Louise Corti from the UK Data Archive, Data Publisher Scott Edmunds from Gigascience, and Data Analyst Francine Bennett from Mastodon C. Slides of the presentations are also available, though not from Wright, who spoke without slides.