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Stefan Kramer

Research Data Management Librarian
Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)
How did you become involved in the world of data?: 
Right after college, I worked as a survey data analyst for a small, non-profit program evaluation research firm for several years. SPSS/PC+ really rocked with a math co-processor on top of a 20MHz 386! ;-) Then I went on to get my M.L.S. and worked in various information services organizations. A decade and a half later, I brought these experiences together in taking the position of Social Science Data Librarian at Yale University, followed by my present job (since May) as Research Data Management Librarian at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER). In both positions, I became (and remain) engaged with the efforts of the DDI Alliance.
What do you value most about your membership in IASSIST?: 
That it brings together professionals who have really different perspectives on social science data resources, technologies, and services, and come from a number of different nations … and that it does so incredibly well. In the little over three years I’ve been a member, I have also found IASSIST to be a very welcoming professional community.
What was your favorite IASSIST conference?: 
Not counting the one in 2010, which was of course “the best ever” and hosted by Cornell University? ;-) The three I attended before that were all good … the one in 2009 in Finland stands out because of the impressive venue, Tampere Hall, and because in late May at that latitude, it really never got dark outside.
What are some things you are working on currently?: 
CISER wants to support social science research data management at Cornell across all stages of the data lifecycle. Presently (mid-July 2010), I’m putting together the pieces of the puzzle to make that happen, from identifying existing services, tools and platforms to researching and securing additionally needed ones. The expected NSF requirement for data management plans in grant applications is adding urgency to supporting the early lifecycle stage, well beyond the social sciences. I am also involved in an effort to enhance the CISER Data Archive catalog, including adding functionality for metadata exchange and data content discovery.
When not working with data I…: 
I enjoy nature walks with my wife, and exploring new places. As a strictly indoor activity, I collect model vehicles in the scale 1/87 – that makes one passenger car about the size of a thumb.
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