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Videos from the IASSIST 2011 Plenaries

Hello - for those who were not able to attend IASSIST 2011 and for those asking to have access to video presentations, the two videos of the Plenaries from IASSIST 2011 are now available for viewing:

Chuck Humphrey - Data Library Coordinator, University of Alberta
Research Data Infrastructure: Are the Social Sciences on Main Street or a Side Road?

Chuck Humphrey is passionate about data and has been examining research data infrastructure with a global perspective. His talk will locate the social sciences in the broader E-science picture and give us a glimpse of the future.

Plenary II 

Date: Thursday, June 02 

Video   

 

Andrea Reimer - Councillor, City of Vancouver
Open Data in Vancouver: The Inspiration and the Vision


Andrea Reimer is a Councillor for the city of Vancouver and is a passionate advocate for democracy and civic engagement. The City of Vancouver has led the way with the adoption of a resolution in May [2009] that endorsed open and accessible data, open standards, and open source software. Ms Reimer has been heavily involved in this initiative and will share her passion with IASSIST.

Plenary III 

Date: Friday, June 03 

Video

 

The QuickTime .mov files are available in a variety of viewing formats: via desktops, iPhone, iPod, iPad, smartphones.

We have had various and mixed reports on streaming successes. These are large Video files (each over an Hour in length), so patience is required.


IASSIST SIGDC Meeting Held in Vancouver

The IASSIST Special Interest Group on Data Citation (SIGDC) met in Vancouver on Wednesday, June 1, with 15 people in attendance. The group discussed ways in which IASSIST members could influence data citation standards and behavior. Suggestions were made to:

  • Inventory the resources that the SIG maintains and knows about
  • Create a set of simple slides to share with faculty and students; these might include guidelines on citation format with examples but would not endorse a certain format
  • Create posters on data citation to hang in prominent places
  • Contact bibliographic software companies to make sure they include data as a specific resource type
  • Contact style guides – APA, Chicago, MLA – to ensure that they are providing appropriate citations for data and including DOIs
  • Create a set of Web pages on this topic on the IASSIST site
  • Contact Google Scholar with a list of issues related to data

Joachim Wackerow presented information on ways to make DOIs more machine-actionable. He pointed out that CrossRef has a new project to provide for HTTP negotiation. This would permit the DOI to link to rich structured metadata like DDI in addition to a human-readable metadata record.

Updated Guide on Data Citation Available

Topic:

The Australian National Data Service has updated its Guide on Data Citation.

Data Citation Principles Workshop Held

Topic:

A workshop on Data Citation Principles sponsored by Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) was held May 16-17 in Cambridge, MA. Presentations and other materials from the workshop are now available.

IASSIST 2011 conference song lyrics

Topic:

Sung to the tune of Bryan Adam's "Summer of '69" :

We all came to Vancouver
in spring 2-0-1-1
IASSISTers gather together
this is gonna be fun!

Day long Admin meeting
Ann skyped in for Constitutional change
and we kept it all to the schedule
Now that was really strange

oh, and when the Canucks won,
the cheering seemed to last forever
and that really set the scene
for the best IASSIST ever
These are the best days of IASISST

****

so many questions that you just can't answer
when metadata isn't standardized
in Japan/Europe/US and Australia
we're building apps to wrangle DDI

We love a plenary speaker
who gets there’s no one in the room who won’t
understand bias and stochastic error
‘cuz Canuck politicians sure don’t!

On the presidential 10K
Bill proved that he could run forever
As he takes up the reign
Down the Hill Bill, it’s now or never
Yours will be the best days of IASSIST

*****

On Thursday our data warrior
Chuck gave a plenary
on the Main Street of infrastructure
where will the social sciences be?

Lynda looks much taller on Twitter
she and others kept us in the know
“Moderately protected” is like “a little bit pregnant”
Tweeters were the star of the show

This boat actually left the pier
and the booze began to flow
San and her two Walters hit the floor
All the data people know that
these are the best days of IASSIST

******
And so it’s been decided
Next year we’ll be in DC
then in Cologne the year after
planned ahead for two out of three!

Next week when we look back
Vancouver seemed to last forever
And if we had the chance
we know we’d always want to be there
It was the best IASSIST of all

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Many thanks to our talented musical director (and past President) Melanie Wright, and everyone else who sang and listened; truly the best IASSIST conference song ever!

IASSIST Quarterly (IQ) volume 34-2 now on the web

The new issue of the IASSIST Quarterly is now available on the web. This is the volume 34 (number 2, 2010).

 http://iassistdata.org/iq/issue/34/2

The layout has changed. We hope you’ll enjoy the new style presented. It seems to be a more modern format and more suited for the PDF presentation on the web. Walter Piovesan – our publication officer – had a biking accident. To show that nothing is so bad that it is not good for something Walter used his recovery time to redesign the IQ. Furthermore, Walter is the person in charge of the upcoming 2011 IASSIST conference, so he is a busy guy. And I’m happy to say that Walter should be fit for the conference.

This issue of the IQ features the following papers:

Rein Murakas and Andu Rämmer from the Estonian Social Science Data Archive (ESSDA) at the University of Tartu describe in their paper "Social Science Data Archiving and Needs of the Public Sector: the Case of Estonia" how the archive had a historical background in the empirical research of the Soviet Union.

From the historical background we move to web 2.0 in a paper  by Angela Hariche, Estelle Loiseau and Philippa Lysaght on "Wikiprogress and Wikigender: a way forward for online collaboration". The authors are working at the OECD and the paper's statement is that "collaborative platforms such as wikis along with advances in data visualisation are a way forward for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data across countries and societies”.

The third paper addresses an issue of central importance for most data archives. The question concerns balancing data confidentiality and the legitimate requirements of data users. This is a key problem of the Secure Data Service (SDS) at the UK Data Archive, University of Essex. The paper "Secure Data Service: an improved access to disclosive data" by Reza Afkhami, Melanie Wright, and Mus Ahmet shows how the SDS will allow researchers remote access to secure servers at the UK Data Archive.

The last article has the title "A user-driven and flexible procedure for data linking". The authors are Cees van der Eijk and Eliyahu V. Sapir from the Methods and Data Institute at the University of Nottingham. The data linking relates to research combining several different datasets. The implementation is developed for the PIREDEU project in comparative electoral research. The authors are combining traditional survey data with data from party manifestos and state-level data.

Articles for the IQ are always very welcome. They can be papers from IASSIST or other conferences, from local presentations or papers directly  written for the IQ.

Notice that chairing a conference session with the purpose of aggregating and integrating papers for a special issue IQ is much appreciated as the information reaches many more people than the session participants and will be readily available on the IASSIST website.

Authors are very welcome to take a look at the description for layout and sending papers to the IQ:

http://iassistdata.org/iq/instructions-authors

Authors can also contact me via e-mail: kbr @ sam.sdu.dk. Should you be interested in compiling a special issue for the IQ as guest editor or editors I will also be delighted to hear from you.

Karsten Boye Rasmussen, editor

Data Management & Curation Resources

Dear IASSIST members,

The Data Management & Curation Good Practice Action Group has been working this past year to compile a list of links and resources related to Data Management & Curation.

This group has been charged with “collecting a set of existing resources and links from among the membership to create a resource page on the public website covering the topics of good practice, standards, and activity in Data Management and Data Curation”.

Our focus is on the audience of the IASSIST membership. We tied the scope of this project to the IASSIST Strategic Plan. Basically, we are working to create a web resource which will provide information and resources directly related to the following areas:

  • Policies for making research data accessible
  • Practices in making research data accessible
  • Resources on responsible data curation
  • Data Management Plans

In keeping with the outlined project scope, we have gathered information in the following areas:

  • guides to data management,
  • tools for data management planning,
  • sample and template data management plans,
  • resources for data curation,
  • funder policies

Our resource page is now live on the IASSIST website:

http://www.iassistdata.org/resources/category/data-management-and-curation

Please take a look at the resources we have listed. If you are aware of, or are responsible for, great resources or tools that are not listed, and do fall within the criteria above, please send the information to our group at : iassist_dmag@googlegroups.com by May 13, 2011. We will add them to the site. This is just a starting point. We apologize in advance if your resources were not included in this preliminary stage of development.

This site is intended to be an active resource which can and should be expanded upon over time. It is our hopes to establish a new IASSIST Action Group to be responsible for maintaining the site.

There may also be topics of interest which are not listed due to the scope of our project, for instance, we have decided at this point not to include sites on related topics such as advocacy, data communities, data lifecycles, data creation best practices, data use, metadata, data ethics, preservation, and professional development.  We are mindful that these are important issues, but needed to start with a more limited scope. There may be future opportunities for IASSIST members to gather information on areas outside the scope of this group.

If you have any ideas or comments on the resources listed or any other aspect of the project, please feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to receiving your input. Again, our deadline for input on this phase of the project should be sent to us by May 13, 2011.


Carol Perry
On behalf of the DMAG team

US Budget Cuts Threaten Statistical Abstract

When the big news broke last month that the US Census Bureau is proposing budget cuts that would lead to the demise of the Statistical Compendia Branch, including the beloved Statistical Abstract, the library listservs lit up with concern.  It's not too late to take action if you haven't already notified your representatives about this issue.  There are now several venues where you can add your voice:

You can read more about the issue in Information Today and Library Journal.  Interestingly, the LJ article references commentators who believe that Data.gov could be a viable replacement for the Stat Ab (which I refuted), but even the future of Data.gov isn't necessarily secure.

Roper Centre recognition

To iassist:

It isn't every day that an incoming university president envies data over basketball!
Congratulations to our colleagues at the Roper Center for this well deserved recognition.

Susan Herbst, incoming President at the University of Connecticut:
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IASSIST Election Results

[Posted on behalf of Ernie Boyko]

Dear IASSIST Members


I am pleased to announce the results of the 2011 IASSIST election.

 

The members of the IASSIST Administrative Committee and their terms are as follows:


President:                           Bill Block                 (2011-2013)

Vice- President:                  Tuomas J. Alaterä    (2011-2013)

 

Regional  Secretaries for the period 2011-2013

               Africa:                 Lynn Woolfrey     (2011-2013)

               Asia/Pacific         Samuel Spencer   (2011-2013)

               Canada               Marilyn Andrews   (2011-2013)

               Europe                Iris Alfredsson      (2011-2013)

               US                      San Cannon         (2011-2013)

 

Regional Committee Members for the period 2011-2015         

               Canada                  Walter Giesbrecht           

               Europe                   Jane Roberts                    

               Europe                   Oliver Watteler                      

               USA                       Jen Darragh                            

               USA                       Kate McNeill                           

               USA                       Eleanor Read                     

 

The Regional Committee members whose terms expire in 2013 (not part of this election)

               Canada                 Maxine Tedesco              

               Europe                  Helena Laaksonen                          

               USA                      Harrison Dekker               

               USA                      Gretchen Gano                 

               USA                      Joel Herndon

 

Melanie Wright now becomes the past president

 

The voter participation was 46.2% (121 out of 262 eligible members)

This slate of officials will come into office as of the general IASSIST assembly meeting which will take place  on June 2, 2011.  I understand that all members new, continuing and outgoing are invited to attend the admin committee meeting on May 30, 2011.

I would like to join the nominations and elections committee in congratulating the new and returning members and to wish them well in guiding us over the next few years.  Our thanks go out to all who participated and to those who will be leaving the committee.  Also thanks To Chuck Humphrey and his Vote Now colleagues for organizing the electronic ballots.


Thank you to all


The nominations and elections committee

Ann Green, Jane Weintrop, Libby Bishop, Mari Kleemola, Wendy Watkins, Jennifer Green, Chuck Humphrey, Ernie Boyko (chair)

 

 

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