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

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

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: It deserves a read if you have time!  NSF's Executive Summary of the plan, which is only two pages, is here:

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: