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Conference Presentations 2008

  • IASSIST 2008-Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, Stanford, CA
    Host Institution: Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources

B3: What Is Old Is New Again (Wed, 2008-05-28)
Chair:Gretchen Gano, New York University

  • Solving Study Metadata Puzzles: Case Studies from Roper Center Reprocessing Activities
    Marc Maynard (Roper Center)


    During the past several years the Roper Center has been reprocessing older data collections in order to make them available directly to researchers via RoperExpress download service. In a technical sense reprocessing of data files (particularly from IBM colbin binary-to-ASCII formats) seems fairly straightforward, but in order to bring more enhanced data resources, more fully developed metadata is desirable. But discovery and integration of methodological and variable level metadata for studies that are over 30 years old can be challenging. This paper will focus on several reprocessing case studies encountered over the past year, and from their unique scenarios try to develop a framework to guide this unique brand of detective work.


B4: Something New, Borrowed, and Blue: Comparing Experiences in Developing Data Services (Wed, 2008-05-28)
Chair:Libbie Stephenson, UCLA

  • Comparing Experiences in Developing Data Services
    Sheree Fu (The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges)
  • Comparing Experiences
    Lynda Kellam (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Data services at Western Carolina University
    Susan Metcalf (Western Carolina University)

C1: In Data We Trust: Maintaining Confidentiality, Authenticity and Quality (Wed, 2008-05-28)
Chair:Amy Pienta, ICPSR

  • Access to Labor Force Data in Germany
    Dana Mueller (Research Data Center of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research)


    The access to administrative and confidential micro data has developed amazingly fast over the last years in Germany. One crucial factor to improve the statistical infrastructure was the establishment of research data centers. The focus of this presentation is to introduce the research data center (RDC) in Nuremberg that facilitates access to the confidential administrative and survey data of the Federal Employment Agency and the Institute for Employment Research. We provide cross- sectional and longitudinal data on individuals and firms. Data on individuals include comprehensive information on employment, unemployment and job search, our firm survey covers a wide range of aspects and is also available as linked employer- employee data. We offer different access methods which depend on the degree of data confidentiality: Anonymized scientific use files are send to the researcher, more confidential data can be analyzed via on-site use or remote execution. The access is free of charge and not restricted to German researchers. Researchers from abroad may get a grant to visit the RDC.

  • Continuing the GPO Trust Relationship through Authentication
    Robin Haun-Mohamed (US Government Printing Office)
    Gil Baldwin (US Government Printing Office)
    Virginia Wiese (US Government Printing Office)


    The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has kept America informed by producing and distributing Federal Government information products for more than 140 years. With the rise of digital access to content, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has a mandate to ensure permanent public access to U.S. government published information. While GPO is involved in all aspects of data technology, including collection, communication, access and preservation, this presentation will focus on GPO’s state of the art authentication initiatives. Recognizing that confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation are critical, GPO’s primary objective is to assure users that the information made available electronically is official and/or authentic and that trust relationships exist between all participants in electronic transactions. Through the application of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology, electronic documents will bear a digital signature of GPO’s authentication logo, identifying different levels of authentication and validating the document has not been altered. GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) is the advanced digital system and critical technology that will enable stewardship throughout the content lifecycle. The first live release of the system in late 2008 will establish the foundation for an OAIS preservation archive replacing GPO Access, the agency’s existing public access Web site.

  • Toward A Web of Trust
    Laurents Sesink (Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS))

C2: Facilitating Data Access: Developing Multi-Function Access to Data Collections (Wed, 2008-05-28)
Chair:Eleanor Read, University of Tennessee

  • ODESI: Creation of a Web-based Data Exploration Portal
    Paula Hurtubise (Carleton University)


    Through standards, design and technology, ODESI, the Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure project has created a web portal for university researchers, academics and students, which render them discriminating and informed users of a vast collection of social research data. This sophisticated data portal, with supporting DDI compliant metadata, houses microdata, such as Gallup Polls and Statistic’s Canada census files, which can be searched, browsed, analysed and downloaded. It eliminates the steep learning curve associated with the use of microdata files. The ODESI exploration tool facilitates investigation and creative data intervention making even the novice an autonomous and innovative researcher. This paper provides an overview of the ODESI project from its inception three years ago to implementation today. Acquisition of budget, informatics architecture, communications strategies and the development of key partnerships will all be discussed. ODESI inspires, develops and supports research excellence in the academic environment.

  • Providing Access to "Born Digital" Archival Data in an Era of Search Engines
    Margaret O. Adams (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)


    Five years ago, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration launched an online search and retrieval tool for access to a selection of its “born digital” data records (the Access to Archival Databases (AAD), In the intervening years we have observed a variety of patterns in the use of this resource and in the types of records queried most frequently. Those patterns have, in turn, influenced the new series added to the resource. The volume of users and the queries they run, now averaging over five thousand daily, substantially exceed all measures of interpersonal reference demand in the National Archives’ custodial electronic records program. The growth and ubiquity of search engines during the same time period have influenced enhancements of the resource.

    This presentation will offer an overview of these experiences and focus on the ways in which the online resource has had an impact on interpersonal reference services, and has resulted in an expansion of the population using archival digital records in the holdings of the National Archives. While some of the lessons learned are most relevant for other public archives, the overall impact of and rising expectations for the online environment in the public sphere have implications for the academic research environment as well.

  • Welcome to the SodaPop Shop - Data Fast and Fizzy and in Many Flavors
    Kiet Bang (PRI, Penn State)


    The Population Research Institute developed the Simple Online Data Archive for Population Studies (SodaPop) in 1995 to provide our researchers with a web accessible data archive of primary and secondary data files. In this paper, we will share our experience with the development of SodaPop as a value-added data discovery and analysis tool. SodaPop provides descriptive dataset information including links to abstracts and primary sources; facilitates variable searching within the content of individual datasets and across the collection; and allows users to create an “on the fly” extraction of a customized, analysis-ready data subset in all major statistical package formats (SAS, Stata, or SPSS dataset and comma or tab delimited format). SodaPop has also transitioned from an in house tool to a campus and public resource.

  • 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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