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Conference Presentations 2007

  • IASSIST 2007-Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, Montreal, Canada
    Host Institution: McGill University

Plenary I (Wed, 2007-05-16)

  • Data from National Surveys: Access, Analysis and Sharing
    Dr. Anthony C. Masi (McGill University)

A1: Self Archiving or Self-Storage: Which is it to be? (Wed, 2007-05-16)
Chair:Sharon Neary, University of Calgary

  • StORe Wars: May the Source and its Outputs be with you
    Ken Miller (UK Data Archive)
    Graham Pryor (University of Edinburgh)


    The area of interaction between output (research publication) repositories and source (primary research data) repositories was the principal focus of the StORe project. The main aim of the project was to identify options for increasing the value of using both source and output repositories by improving the linkages between them, thereby increasing the potential from significantly enhanced information access and dissemination. A key deliverable from the StORe Project is the pilot demonstrator.  It consists of a set of middleware designed to demonstrate the function of bi-directional links between source and output repositories. This middleware was developed to meet the specific needs of the social science e-research community, but is based on the underlying general requirements as defined from the StORe survey of the behaviours of researchers within seven scientific disciplines represented by the project. The pilot demonstrates the implementation of enhanced functionality within a test environment and the potential for a generic solution across the UK’s broader e-research community. A short time hence, in a hyperspace not so far away, researchers will be able to instantly move from any publication to the data on which its findings were based, to instantly be linked to all publications that have resulted from a particular dataset and to move seamlessly around the research environment of data and its outputs.

  • Do-It-Yourself made EASY
    Marion Wittenberg (DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services))
    Rutger Kramer (DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services))


    On the 1st of February, DANS launched its new on-line archiving system: EASY. What distinguishes this system from other archiving systems is the possibility for researchers to deposit datasets themselves, to customize the presentation of the dataset in the system and to control who will get access to the datasets. This presentation will present the results of the systems usage evaluation which has taken place in June of 2006, from which we can draw conclusions on the feasibility of having researchers depositing and archiving data themselves. Moreover, it will go into the numerous ways in which this web-application can be modified and customized without having to change the original programs source files, making it relatively simple to implement for organizations with very specific archiving system requirements.

  • Public Data Up on the Web with SDA
    Charlie Thomas (UC Berkeley)


     Trying to apply literally the theme of this years IASSIST Conference, the SDA team is developing new methods that will allow researchers to make data available for analysis freely on the Web.   The tool for doing this will be an extension of the SDA Archiver, the first version of which was demonstrated in a workshop and a presentation at last years IASSIST Conference.  Although SDA staff cannot devote much time to putting up data themselves, they can provide the tools, and even some disk space, for others to put up public data.  The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how it works and to provide IASSIST members with specific directions for putting up data of their own.

  • Bargain Bookmarks and Priceless Tags: Socially organizing Social Data
    Kristin Partlo (Carleton College)
    Rachael Barlow (Trinity College, Hartford)


    The "openness" of data can result in confusion.  There are so many data resources and they change every day!  We try to keep up by bookmarking, but traditional bookmarks are private and immobile.  We share data resources on listservs, but listservs impose a certain linearity that fails to teach us about what data resources really matter and to whom. Social bookmarking tools, like and Furl, provide a way to liberate your bookmarks from your computer, allowing you and others to access them.  Social bookmarking tools extend the possibilities of sharing resources through "tagging,” allowing users to organize resources and contribute to a system that reveals how exactly users think about the resources at hand. In this session, hear about current experiments with social bookmarks and tags and find out about how IASSIST can use these technologies to create a more interactive community of data providers, users, and seekers.

A2: Open Data and the Common Good: Technology Solutions for Difficult Challenges (Wed, 2007-05-16)
Moderator: Ernie Boyko, Statistics Canada, Retired

  • Background
    Pascal Heus (International Household Survey Network)


    A short introduction to set the stage for the panel. This will review the issues at hands and outline the components of an open framework.

  • Data Confidentiality and the Common Good
    Julia Lane (National Opinion Research Center)
    Kyle Fennel (National Opinion Research Center)


    This talk will focus on the issues faced in making sensitive data available to the researcher community. It will emphasize the importance to respect the respondents' privacy and examine how proper data archiving and statistical disclosure techniques can be used to address the issues of accessibility.

  • The Open Data Environment
    Chuck Humphrey (Canada Research Data Center, University of Alberta)


    This talk will focus on metadata and open data environments. It will highlight the value of metadata and outline the challenges of raising support and investment for metadata management frameworks. It will also relate the importance of high quality metadata in the context of the international research communities and the need to coordinate efforts in the development of new tools for the social sciences.

  • Walking the Wire: How Technology Helps Us Achieve the Correct Balance (Open Data Foundation)
    Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation)
    Jostein Ryssevik (Open Data Foundation)


    This presentation examines how the the adoption of relevant metadata specifications, the use of the open tools and standard techniques, and respect for statistical principles and methodologies can be at the foundation of an open framework for data management that answers the needs of the various communities. It summarizes the panel and provides a vision of standard technology being created within a framework which recognizes the complexities of the issues surrounding Open Data, and provides a new definition of the problem which takes into account the realities of data confidentiality within an Open Data community.


A3: Developments in Managing Digital Data: Challenges, obstacles and opportunities (Wed, 2007-05-16)
Chair:Bo Wandschneider, University of Guelph

  • Appraisal and Selection of Scientific Data for the Long-Term Archive: A Case Study
    Robbert R. Downs (CIESIN, Columbia University)
    Robert S. Chen (CIESIN, Columbia University)
    W. Christopher Lenhardt (CIESIN, Columbia University)


    A long-term archive offers the potential to provide future knowledge communities with capabilities to discover, access, and use scientific data and research-related information. Given the potential costs and commitments to preserve digital information, those responsible for long-term preservation of data can develop resources for the appraisal and selection of data being considered for accession into the long-term archive. A case study describes developments enabling the appraisal and selection of data for accession into a long-term archive including decision-maker roles and responsibilities, the process for nominating data as candidates for accession, criteria for the appraisal of candidate data, choices for levels of preservation and dissemination services to be designated for approved data, and the process to facilitate the appraisal and selection of data for accession into the long-term archive.

  • 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


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