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Conference Presentations 2006

  • IASSIST 2006-Data in a World of Networked Knowledge, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Host Institution: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan School of Information Science, and the University of Michigan Library

A1: Leading Users to Knowledge: Data Librarians to the Rescue (Wed, 2006-05-24)
Chair:Stuart Macdonald, University of Edinburgh

  • Social Science Data Librarianship: A University Curriculum
    Fredric Gey (University of California at Berkeley)
    Frank Olken (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)


    We describe a comprehensive curriculum for Social Science Data Librarianship to be incorporated into the graduate programs at major universities to offer a Master's Degree with specialization in social science data librarianship and to define a PhD degree concentrating on the research issues which affect the creation, storage, retrieval, indexing, and use of quantitative social science data. Courses in social science datasets, statistical database management, metadata and data semantics, data library operation, statistical disclosure analysis, and networking are described in detail. A strawman course requirements outline leading to the Master's Degree is also described. Possible institutional homes within the university setting are described, such as Library Schools, Information Systems Schools, Computer and Information Science Departments, Social Science Divisions, and Public Health Schools.

  • Blending Traditional and Data Librarianship
    Jennifer Darragh (Pennsylvania State University)
    Paula Lackie (Carleton College)
    Tiffani Conner (University of Connecticut)


    During this presentation we will address two areas of data librarianship that extend the traditional LIS educational curriculum, the reference interview and instruction. We will discuss the similarities of both elements of librarianship with special attention on extensions to basic training received in library and information science course work. This presentation is a precursor to our interactive poster session entitled Building Outreach and Dialog-Data Librarianship: The Continuing LIS Education.

A2: The Essential Role of Metadata in Resource Discovery (Wed, 2006-05-24)
Chair:Tess Trost, Texas Tech University (retired)

  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Building a Metadata Repository for Time Series Data at the Federal Reserve Board
    San Cannon (Federal Reserve Board)
    Meredith Krug (Federal Reserve Board)


    The research divisions at the Federal Reserve Board use a variety of time series data for both research and forecasting in support of its duty to conduct monetary policy for the United States. The collection, maintenance, and upkeep of more than 50,000 time series from more than 60 sources in a central location are daunting tasks; the documenting of the metadata for the compilation and use of these data are even more so. We are currently building a comprehensive metadata repository that links three kinds of metadata about our time series: structural metadata describing the series themselves; reference metadata describing the collection and construction of the aggregate time series by the issuing agency; and operational metadata documenting our procedures for retrieving, processing, and maintaining the data. Many of the pieces to the puzzle currently exist in a disparate array of formats: attributes in a proprietary database, HTML pages on a Web site, Word documents buried on a file server, etc. We are bringing these pieces of information together in a relational database setting to allow users to search for and see all the relevant metadata for a particular series or economic concept. In addition, we have the challenge of making the entries time-sensitive to accommodate the library of vintage or "real time" data we are building for future research.

  • Research-Based Metadata Requirements for a BLS Reports Archive
    Scott C. Berridge (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    John J. Bosley (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Daniel W. Gillman (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Office of Publications staff is building an archive of economic reports dating from the late 1800s. The archived material will be available online through the BLS Web site ( as PDF files. Appropriate metadata need to be integrated with the archive material to help users find and identify relevant content. Candidate metadata elements were selected from the DDI. User studies will be performed to verify that the selected metadata elements help users search successfully. Initial studies will elicit descriptions of metadata that users want to see associated with archival material, compare those choices with the candidate DDI elements, and revise the set if appropriate. Then users will test the revised metadata in realistic scripted searches of the archive. The talk will describe the project, the selection process for the metadata elements, and the methods and results of early user studies.

  • The Madiera Portal: Unified Access to European Data Resources
    Alette Gilhus Mykkeltvedt (Norwegian Social Science Data Services)


    The Madiera portal is a Web-based infrastructure populated with a variety of data and resources from a selection of providers. The portal can be seen as a European virtual library giving unified access to European social science data archives. The building blocks of the portal are a common metadata standard (a cross-national standardised implementation of DDI), a technological platform based on Nesstar software, and a multilingual thesaurus breaking the language barriers. The portal enables you to search for data, browse documentation, analyse datasets online, and download. The Madiera portal is a result of the Madiera project (Multilingual Access to Data Infrastructures of the European Research Area), funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework programme. The portal is available at

  • Enabling Discovery, Integration, and Understanding of Criminal Justice Statistical Information: Developing a Metadata Application Profile
    Carol A. Hert (University of Washington, Tacoma)
    Sheila O. Denn (University of North Carolina)


    This project, funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), has the goal of developing and testing a metadata schema to support end-user discovery of criminal justice statistical information. Project partners are BJS, the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, the Federal Criminal Justice Resource Center, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The schema draws on other metadata standardization efforts including DDI, ISO1179, SDMX, and NIEM. In addition to schema development, we are undertaking user studies to better understand how the schema can best facilitate end-user discovery activities. By the time of the IASSIST meeting, we will have completed schema development and testing, and be engaged in user studies. We will report on the development activities with a focus on explicating the connections to other schemas and associated development issues. In addition, we will present an overview of the user studies and present findings to date.


A3: Innovations in Data Dissemination (Wed, 2006-05-24)
Chair:Dan Tsang, University of California at Irvine

  • What's New With SDA?
    Tom Piazza (University of California at Berkeley)


    This presentation will describe two new features of SDA:

    1. A new user interface which eliminates the need to enter the names of variables into the option screens for the analysis programs.
    2. Procedures to facilitate the addition of datasets to an SDA archive. (These procedures will be described in more detail in Workshop #4 on "Building an SDA Archive.")
  • Sociometrics
    Josefina J. Card (Sociometrics Corporation)


    This paper will present the current state (scientific content, formats, platforms, distribution partners) of the Sociometrics Data Archives. It will then peer into the future by describing areas of topical expansion, new target audiences, and new resources to be built around the Sociometrics data archives.

  • University Information System RUSSIA: Database and Value-Added Service for Investigations of Life Quality and Economic Welfare of Households and Individuals in Russia
    Tatyana Yudina (Moscow State University)
    Anna Bogomolova (Moscow State University)


    Described will be a new database under the University Information System RUSSIA (UIS RUSSIA, project. There is no practice of regular household surveys at the government level in Russia. The first household-based survey, National Survey of Households Well-being and Participation in Social Programs, took place in 2003 and covered 45,000 households in 46 Russian regions. It includes 227 variables aggregated to 13 parts. These survey results are the initial data holdings downloaded into the database. Our database provides for almost the full range of services under the Harvard-MIT Data Center's Virtual Data Center and SDA Archive. In the second stage of our project other resources developed in Russia and in international research centers will be included. The most famous project is the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, which covers 13 nationally representative surveys beginning in 1992, conducted by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with the Russian Federal Statistics Agency and several Russian institutes. As a next stage of our project knowledge products will be integrated. An ontology to provide for content-based indexing and search is under construction.

    University Information System RUSSIA (UIS RUSSIA, has been designed and is maintained as a digital thematic library for research and education in economics and the social sciences, in operation since January 2000. The most requested module is RF state statistics. Value-added services for economic and social statistics is a main direction of the UIS RUSSIA development. In 2005 we began to create a database for investigations of life quality and economic welfare of households and individuals. The primary survey that is downloaded to the database is the National Survey of Households Well-being and Participation in Social Programs. The survey took place in 2003 and covered 45,000 households in 46 Russian regions. It includes 227 variables aggregated to 13 parts. While working on the database we investigated the experience of Harvard-MIT Data Center's Virtual Data Center and SDA Archive.


B1: Institutional Repositories and Social Science Data: Supporting the Data Life Cycle (Wed, 2006-05-24)
Chair:Ann Green, Digital Life Cycle Research and Consulting

  • Research and IR Cohabitating
    Chuck Humphrey (University of Alberta)
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