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NISO Virtual Conference
Scientific Data Management: Caring for Your Institution and its Intellectual Wealth

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

In spite of the fact that it is produced daily and is the underlying support for scholarly journal articles, research data has been one of the least managed content resources. This neglect is fast coming to an end, as many funding organizations now require that researchers plan for the organization, care, and sharing of the data produced as part of a funded project. Libraries have a significant opportunity to take on a new role in their institution's data management. The same expertise used in managing traditional print and electronic library resources can be applied to data management planning and curation. But while there are many similarities in managing data, there are also important differences that need to be addressed.

This NISO virtual conference will explore many current and up-and-coming aspects of research data management, including:

  • Data management practice meets policy
  • Uses for the data management plan
  • Building data management capacity and functionality
  • Citing and curating datasets
  • Connecting datasets with other products of scholarship
  • Changing researchers’ practices
  • Teaching data management techniques

NEW! All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on Crafting a Scientific Data Management Plan to be held on February 26. (Separate registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the recording of the session.


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Data Management Plan Requirements at the US Department of Energy
Laura J. Biven, Ph.D., Senior Science and Technology Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, US Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science published its “Statement on Digital Data Management” in the summer of 2014 and began requiring Data Management Plans with research proposals in FY 2015. Other DOE research offices will have similar requirements for FY 2016. This presentation will discuss the history, philosophy, and details of the Data Management Plan requirements and potential future activities.

Laura Biven joined the Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs as Science and Technology Advisor in September 2008. Her responsibilities include advising the Deputy Director on science program management and policy issues, and providing coordination and analysis of budget, scientific, technical, programmatic, and operational issues regarding the SC Program Offices and national laboratories. Laura also currently serves as a primary liaison to the Offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and High Energy Physics.

From 2005 to 2008 she was AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, serving first as Commodity Import Analyst at the US Department of Agriculture and then as Science and Technology Analyst at the US Department of State. She has also served as member of the mathematics faculty at Bard High School Early College in New York City; postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Complex Physics in Dresden, Germany; and visiting scientist to the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. She received a first class M.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Warwick, both in the UK.

Laura has received a number of awards for teaching and the public dissemination of science including three AAAS/Subaru Lesson Writing contests and first prize in an essay competition organized by the International Congress on Mathematical Physics 2000 for the essay: “Weak-Wave Turbulence: A Tragic Super-hero of Turbulence Theory.”

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12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learning to Curate Research Data
Jennifer Doty, Research Data Librarian, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library

As many libraries and institutions ramp up their efforts to support research data management, and look for ways to capitalize on strong relationships with their faculty and student researchers, collaborations with established data archives provide an opportunity to improve the quantity and quality of data being preserved and shared. This presentation will discuss the experience of one institution’s partnership with a domain specific data archive, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), to receive 1) training while curating a locally produced research dataset through their pipeline of internal workflows and tools, and 2) hosting instructors locally for a data curation workshop series aimed at researchers and librarians.

Jennifer Doty is the Research Data Librarian in the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, based in the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University. She provides data management and curation support and training for Emory researchers, and coordinates a cross-divisional group implementing improved models to support research data across the libraries and IT services. Prior to joining Emory, Jen lived, worked, and studied in California, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, and North Carolina, and spent three years as a research assistant at the University of Liverpool, England. She brings several years of experience providing data services at major research institutions, and has presented at regional, national and international conferences on research data management and curation topics.

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12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Building Best Practices in Research Data Management: Tisch Library’s Initiatives
Regina F. Raboin, Science Research and Instruction Librarian/ Data Management Services Group Coordinator, Tisch Library, Tufts University 

A look at Tisch Library’s Research Data Management Group suite of research data management services through the forging of relationships across the university; use of [the] New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC, led by the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School) to teach data management best practices; Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) project; and data management plans consultation services and support.

Regina Raboin is the Tisch Library Data Management Services Group Coordinator and Science Research and Instruction Librarian at Tisch Library, Tufts University. She leads a group of Tufts librarians who assist Tufts Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty with their NSF, NIH and digital NEH grants data management plans, and teaches workshops on best practices in research data management. She is the chair of the advisory board for the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, a reviewer for the Journal of eScience Librarianship and is a collaborator on the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC). At the end of February, she will be leaving Tufts University, for Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she will be the Associate Director for Library Education and Research. Regina’s Twitter handle is @RegRab77.

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1:00 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Lunch Break

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1:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Preview of February 26 Training Thursday
Jennifer Thoegersen, Data Curation Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, will give a high-level preview of the February 26 Training Thursday, Crafting a Scientific Data Management Plan. This session is free to registrants of the virtual conference and hopes to provide attendees with the tools they need to implement plans at their institutions. 

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1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Using data management plans as a research tool: an introduction to the DART Project
Amanda L. Whitmire, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Data Management Specialist, Oregon State University Libraries & Press

Data management plans (DMPs) are a rich source of information about researchers and their research data management (RDM) knowledge, capabilities, and practices. Systematic analysis of DMPs can uncover important insights about local RDM needs, which can then inform the development or expansion of library RDM services. As part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services project, we (co-PIs at 5 research-intensive universities) have developed a rubric for the assessment of NSF DMPs. The tool is intended to facilitate and standardize the review of DMPs, and highlight gaps in proposed RDM practices that could be addressed through data services support. The main audience for the rubric is academic data services librarians, but it could be used by anyone who needs to review a DMP. In this presentation, I’ll briefly review the development of the rubric, and then share some results from an initial inter-rater comparison of 25 data management plans.

Amanda Whitmire is an Assistant Professor and Data Management Specialist with the Oregon State University Libraries. Before joining the Libraries in late 2012, Amanda spent a decade studying ocean color using varied platforms (mostly ships, robots, and satellites). She is now responsible for supporting the data management efforts of OSU faculty and graduate students, primarily through consultation and formal instruction. She is also currently leading an IMLS-funded research project to develop an assessment tool for NSF data management plans, with an eye toward using the information to improve data services. Amanda wants to live in a world where all datasets are accompanied by fantastic metadata. When she’s not espousing the merits of text files, you can find her out in the yard with her chickens. She tweets at @AWhitTwit, and works at http://bit.ly/dmpresearch.

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2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Capacity Building: Leveraging existing library networks to take on research data
Heidi Imker, Director of the Research Data Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University Library is developing a Library Research Data Network to provide a structured approach to taming the data landscape. By connecting the existing interests, expertise, and campus relationships of Librarians with the newly established Research Data Service, we'll form discrete teams to monitor and evaluate resources and actively reach out to campus researchers to solicit and encourage appropriate data publication. Although in the early planning stages now, we hope interest will grow and our reach will expand through development of a well-coordinated, action-oriented, and reward-driven Library Research Data Network.

Heidi Imker is the Director of the Research Data Service (RDS) and an Associate Professor in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The RDS is a newly formed campus-wide service headquartered in the University Library that provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data. Prior to joining the Library, Heidi was the Executive Director of the Enzyme Function Initiative, a large-scale collaborative center involving nine universities, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and located in the Institute for Genomic Biology. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois and did her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School.

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2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

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3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Enabling transparency and efficiency in the research landscape
Dr. Melissa Haendel, Associate Professor, Ontology Development Group, OHSU Library, Department of Medical Informatics and Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

Force11 is a grass-roots community (https://www.force11.org/) that developed out of the beyond-the-pdf conferences, which has the goal to change the way we perform scholarly communication. How can we make our communications more transparent? How can the data be made more available and more reusable? How can we cite data as a scholarly product itself? How can we attribute different types of contributions within the research landscape? What differences in communication and value systems across disciplines and cultures? How do we support a "born digital" research process? Discovering the answers to these questions are the goals of the Force11 community and its working groups. This presentation will focus on efforts to represent attribution for a variety of contributions to research, how to support reproducible research, and various other Force11 activities.

Dr. Melissa Haendel is an Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University Library and Dept. of Medical Informatics and Epidemiology, where she leads a research group in semantic engineering and the Monarch Initiative, which aims to make available a large scale integrated data set for disease discovery. Her PhD and postdoctoral work is in neuroscience, focusing on early development and cell biology. Later she joined the Zebrafish model organism database, where she became interested in data integration and semantic engineering in support of disease discovery. She participates in the development of a number of data standards in support of biomedical data sharing and reuse, as well as efforts to support scientific reproducibility and new modes of attribution. Melissa tweets at @ontowonka.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Improving Integrity, Transparency, and Reproducibility Through Connection of the Scholarly Workflow
Andrew Sallans, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Funding, Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) was founded as a non-profit technology start-up in 2013 with the goal of improving transparency and reproducibility by connecting the scholarly workflow. COS achieves this goal through the development of a free, open source web application called the Open Science Framework (OSF), providing features like file sharing and citing, persistent urls, provenance tracking, and automated versioning. Initial workflow API connections focused on storage services and included Figshare, GitHub, Amazon S3, Dropbox, and Dataverse. This session will introduce the core architecture and the problems that it solves, and illustrate how connecting services can benefit everyone involved in supporting the research ecosystem. COS is funded through the generosity of grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association of Research Libraries, and others.

Andrew Sallans received master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies and in the Management of Information Technology and has been working on supporting research data issues for over 10 years, originally in the geographic information systems and archaeology area. Since that time, he has moved onto scientific data problems with researchers in environmental sciences, biology, engineering, and numerous other areas. Andrew spent nearly 10 years in the University of Virginia Libraries in various roles, in each case building and managing services and teams to provide support for data management in academic research. During this time, he also held leadership roles among a number of multi-institutional research data projects, including the DMPTool (http://dmptool.org) and the DataONE Users Group (http://dataone.org). In his current role, he is passionate about how entrepreneurship, innovation, and building partnerships can influence the changing research landscape.

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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Network Effects: RMap Project
Sheila M. Morrissey, Senior Researcher, ITHAKA

RMap is a two-year project, generously supported by a $602,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This grant came out of conversations that began over two years ago between the Data Conservancy at Johns Hopkins University, Portico, and IEEE. Those conversations were motivated by the recognition that the “atomic unit” of scholarly communication increasingly is now a complex distributed object, consisting of distinct building blocks, including text, graphics, and data, which often reside in different repositories, and are maintained by different institutions, employing different technologies. Further, not only does the scholarly community require preservation of publications and data and the other artifacts of scholarly research -- it also requires the preservation of the relationships among them. The RMap project will provide a framework and tools to define and represent these connections among cited and uncited data, publications, and other artifacts of scholarly research and communications, in a graph-based view that captures many-to-many relationships amongst those objects, the scholars and researchers who create them, funders, institutions, and repositories. It will provide a framework to preserve the articulation of those connections.

Sheila Morrissey is Senior Researcher at ITHAKA. Sheila has worked on ITHAKA's Portico digital preservation service. She is co-author of the Digital Preservation Coalition Technology Watch Report on Preserving eBooks, and also of the NDSA report on The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions, and has written extensively on the complex interactions between digital formats and their mediating software, and on the often subtle manner in which software engineering practice complicates the use and intelligibility of digital artifacts, both in the present, and over the very long term. She supported Ithaka S+R's investigation into creating a sustainable infrastructure for the preservation of executable content. Sheila came to ITHAKA with many years' experience in the design and development of complex software systems, and in the management of large-scale software engineering projects, including projects for higher education and for print and electronic publishing. She has served as a representative to XML vocabulary and other technical standards groups. She holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Yale University, a master of arts in English literature from Cornell University, and a master of science in computer science from Rutgers University.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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    • $185.00 (US and Canada)
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    • $245.00 (US and Canada)
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