Already a member?

Sign In
Syndicate content

Blogs

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:
What about UConn drew you here? more...

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)

 

 

Early registration for IASSIST 2011 ends April 1st

Topic:

Early registration for IASSIST 2011 ends a week from today, Thursday March 31.  Fees will increase on April 1 so take advantage of the reduced rate and register in the coming week.

http://www.rdl.sfu.ca/IASSIST/index.php/Register/

By registering early you save $50 for the full conference or $30 for a single day ($40 and $20 at student rates).  The cancellation deadline is April 22.

Wrangle, Refine, and Represent (Data Visualization Tools from the CAR Conference)

I wanted to share a blog post from our local Data and GIS blog that may be of interest to the IASSIST community.  Each of the tools varies in it's focus and applicability for data work- but they might be helpful for various data tasks focusing on cleaning and representing data online.

http://blogs.library.duke.edu/data/2011/03/14/wrangle-refine-and-represent/ more...

The Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel

Topic:

The Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel, our official conference hotel, has added a small number of rooms for us.

Call +1-604-689-8188 or 1-888-890-3222 (Toll Free)or email vancouversuite (When booking by phone, please quote block code “EH1105IASS” ).


More information is on the conference website.

Mary and Walter

Local Arrangements

Implementing IASSIST's 2010-2014 Strategic Plan

"Data are larger than the social sciences" and data concerns have grown beyond the traditional communities comprising IASSIST." --respondent to strategic plan survey (2009)

As preparations intensify for IASSIST 2011, I encourage IASSIST members to review the 2010-2014 Strategic Plan with its focus on Advocacy, Community, and Professional Development.
more...

Hotels for IASSIST 2011

Topic:

We have learned that there will be a very large conference in Vancouver at the same time as ours (5,000 people!), resulting in a real rush for hotel bookings. 

Regrettably rooms are no longer available at the Delta, Ramada, Days Inn and Victorian Hotels nearby (although you might check later for cancellations).

Important!  We encourage you to book as soon as possible, even before you have permission from your institution (you can always cancel if it turns out you can't attend). more...

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

    more...

  • Resources

    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

  • community

    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook
    • Twitter

    Find out what IASSISTers are doing in the field and explore other avenues of presentation, communication and discussion via social networking and related online social spaces. more...