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Committees and Groups


Administrative Committee
The Administrative Committee is the executive body of IASSIST. It implements policies, develops future directions, and coordinates activities for the organization.
2019-2021 Chair: San Cannon,
Constitutional Review Committee
Responsible for receiving proposals for the enacting, amending, and repealing of the by-laws of IASSIST and for preparing revised articles and by-laws for members' approval, as well as for undertaking an annual review of the constitution and by-laws and proposing amendments as it deems appropriate.
2019-2021 Chair: Ann Green,
Professional Development Committee (replaced former Education Committee)
Responsible for promoting the development of professional skills of IASSIST members through education, training, information, networking and mentoring.
2018-2020 Chair: Amy Pienta,
Provides support for data professionals from emerging economies who are in the position of developing information infrastructures to address emerging technologies and information policy decisions at their home institutions regarding the use and preservation of public and private data.
2018-2020 Chair: Florio Arguillas,
Membership Committee
Coordinate activities meant to grow IASSIST membership and identify and address needs of existing and future members. Also undertake representation and liaison activities; connect with sister organizations that have similar goals; and increase the visibility of IASSIST. This Committee's membership shall include the Membership Chair, Regional Secretaries, the Vice President, and other IASSIST members as needed.
2019-2021 Chair: Jen Doty,
Elections Committee
Responsible for receiving nominations for the election of the Administrative Committee, the Regional Secretaries, and the officers of IASSIST, distributing ballots and electoral information according to regulation, tallying the ballots, reporting on the results of the tally, and for recommending alterations in procedures.
2019-2021 Chair: Tuomas J. Alaterä,
Communications Committee
Responsible for enabling productive and transparent communication among members and between the organisation and the broader community. Scope includes delivering publications such as the IASSIST Quarterly, developing and maintaining the organisation’s public and private communications mechanisms; oversight of the membership discussion list; and moderating social networking spaces which use the IASSIST brand name. The Committee shall advise other committees and groups on the use of appropriate communication tools for online collaboration and solicit content from them for public channels. This Committee's membership shall include the IQ Editor and the Web Editor as well as reviewers and web section editors.
2019-2021 Chair: Tuomas J. Alaterä,
2019-2023 IQ Editor: Karsten Boye Rasmussen,
Web Editor: Zac Painter
and the IASSIST Web Team
Program Committee
Responsible for deciding on an annual conference title as well as general thematic structure. The Program Chairs are responsible for the intellectual content of the conference, and choosing members of the multi-national Program Committee, deciding how it will function, and assigning responsibilities to its members. The Committee works along with the Local Arrangements Committee to set an agenda for putting together sessions, plenaries, workshops, and social events.
2020 Conference Co-Chairs: Stephanie Tulley, Stephanie Labou, Louise Corti

Action Groups

Action Groups undertake specific tasks, find solutions to specific problems, or develop and compile relevant materials for specific projects.

None at the moment.

Interest Groups

Interest Groups share information on specific subjects with the larger IASSIST membership and serve as a forum of discussion between as well as during annual meetings. Read more about IASSIST Interest Groups and see the Interest Group Checklist.

Geospatial Interest Group (GEOIG)
The central purpose of the IASSIST-Geo interest group is to create a network for members focused on issues of geospatial data as related to the social sciences. Expected outcomes include developing a connected and informed group, opportunities for professional development through training, shared professional tools, resources for all IASSIST members to make use of, both members and non-members of the IG, and an elevated awareness of social sciences and place.
2019-2020 Co-Chairs: Jennie Murack, and Amanda Tickner,
Qualitative Social Science and Humanities Data Interest Group (QSSHDIG)
The central purpose of the IASSIST Qualitative Social Science and Humanities Data Interest Group is to foster conversations regarding the needs of researchers who generate qualitative data, and what types of services librarians and other information professionals can develop to support these researchers in managing their data/source materials throughout the research lifecycle.
Expected outcomes include
1) developing a connected and informed group,
2) providing opportunities for professional development through training, and
3) collecting and creating tools and resources for all IASSIST members to make use of (both IG members and non-members).
2019-2020 Co-Chairs: Sebastian Karcher, and Alesia Montgomery,
Health Data Interest Group (HDIG)
The availability of health data about individuals, gathered from surveys or health care systems, are an invaluable resource for researchers who wish to examine interactions between individuals and the healthcare they receive. In addition, there is now much more demand for research and analysis of linked health and social data (for example, health records linked with education or social security records). Particular challenges face data professionals who seek to acquire health, and linked health data. The IASSIST Health Data Interest Group has been established to bring together data practitioners and technicians who manage access to health, and health-linked data for research purposes, in order to share expertise and enable members to overcome challenges in their day-to-day roles.
2019-2020 Chair: Richard Welpton,

Previous interest group resources

Data Visualization Interest Group (DVIG)
This group focused on promoting a greater understanding of data visualization – its creation, uses, and importance in research, across disciplines. Data Visualization supports a means to make sense of data, through visual representation, and to communicate ideas and information effectively.

Particular areas of focus and discussions included, but were not limited to the following:
· Enable opportunities for IASSIST members to learn and enhance their skills in this growing field
· Support a culture of best practice for data visualization techniques; creation, use, and curation
· Discussion of the relevant tools for all kinds of data visualizations
· Provide input and feedback on data visualization tools
· Capture examples of data visualization to emulate and avoid
· Explore opportunities for service development in libraries
· Use of data visualization for allowing pre-analysis browsing of data content in repositories
· Be aware of and communicate to others the needs of researchers in this field
· Connect with communities of metadata developers and users to gain better understanding of how metadata can enable better visualization, and how in turn visualization need might drive development of metadata standards
Open Source Interest Group (OSIG)
Open source programming languages like R and Python are rapidly transforming the landscape of data management and analysis. These free tools offer similar and in some cases better functionality than their commercial equivalents and simultaneously benefit from free community support from a vast network of developers and users. This interest group will provide a forum for IASSIST members to share information on how to promote the use of open source languages by those whose work we support as well as ways in which we might contribute back to the open source community.
Data Management & Curation Interest Group (SIGDMC)
This interest group focused on issues related to research data management and curation, in order to support members’ work in this field. Sound data management and curation strategies ensure that research data will be available for sharing, dissemination and reuse over time. These strategies are not only important for data preservation, but, in a growing number of countries, a necessity for research groups in order to receive funding.

The role and function of the data management and curation interest group included but was not limited to the following:
· Maintain an inventory of materials, resources, and policies related to sound data management and curation internationally
· Enable opportunities for IASSIST members to learn and enhance their skills in this field
· Foster information-sharing among IASSIST members of their work in this area at their institutions
· Maintain awareness of data management and curation issues internationally across
  disciplines, including beyond the social sciences
· Seek opportunities for outreach and advocacy on issues related to data management,
  including to organizations with similar missions
· Examine issues related to collaborative ventures with research groups
· Provide input and feedback on data curation tools
Data Citation Interest Group (SIGDC)
This interest group seeked to promote awareness of data-related research and scholarship through data citation. Citing data supports the discovery and reuse of data, leading to better science through the validation of results. It also recognizes data as an essential part of the scientific record.

See also the Interest Group Checklist.

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