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Conference Presentations 2011

  • IASSIST 2011-Data Science Professionals: A Global Community of Sharing, Vancouver, BC
    Host Institution: Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia

D2: Power of Partnerships in Data Creation and Sharing (Thu, 2011-06-02)
Chair:Bo Wandschneider, University of Guelph

  • Canadian National Collaborative Data Infrastructure: a distinctively Canadian approach
    Lynn Copeland (Simon Fraser University )


    Canadian research libraries have a strong record of success in obtaining funding for collaborative national or provincial projects which support research and innovation. Canadian data librarians have been active in providing institutional support and similarly collaborating on a regional and national level. Characteristic of these initiatives is that they are invariably ‘bottom up’ and require determined consensus building among disparate institutions. The Canadian National Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CNCDI) initiative will build on these successes. Led by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, we have been consulting with potential partners to create a proposal to demonstrate the feasibility of our goal: to build a national infrastructure to support the innovative re-use of data created through publicly-funded research. The project will build on and enhance the existing patchwork of data management services and infrastructures in Canada to create a comprehensive, integrated network of data repositories capable of supporting Canadian research across all disciplines far into the future. In this presentation, I will discuss the demonstrated need, and the vision and model we are developing, as well as the approach we have taken to building support for this proposal and opportunities and challenges in the current academic, economic and political environment.

D3: Teach This! Teaching Data in the Library and Across the University (Thu, 2011-06-02)
Chair:Michele Hayslett, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Embedded Data Librarianship
    Linda Kellam (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)


    Drawing on discussions of information literacy and curriculum integration, Lynda Kellam will discuss the role of the library in promoting statistical and data literacy. She will relate this larger discussion to the real life experiences of embedded librarians at UNCG, including herself and the business librarian.

  • Models and opportunities for one-shot group instruction
    Katharin Peter (University of Southern California)


    Katharin Peter will provide a look at models and opportunities for one-shot group instruction within the library and across campus including course-specific instruction, workshops, and instructional partnerships.

  • Strategies for teaching spatial data resources and software
    Nicole Scholtz (University of Michigan)


    Nicole Scholtz will describe strategies for teaching spatial data resources and software in a campus-wide drop-in workshop series and in course-specific instruction.

  • Necessary data and statistical skills for social science students
    Jackie Carter (University of Manchester)


    Jackie Carter will discuss recent work with the World Bank that has collated evidence from learners and researchers regarding data and statistical skills for UK social science students, and how students can acquire these using socioeconomic data resources like Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the Census Dissemination Unit.

D4: Latin America, Spain, and Portugal: An Overview of Data Organizations and Resources (Thu, 2011-06-02)
Chair:Bobray Bordelo, Princeton University Library

  • IASSIST Latin Engagement Strategic Action Group
    Luis Martinez Uribe (Instituto Juan March, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales)
    Stuart Macdonald (University of Edinburgh)


    The IASSIST Latin Engagement Strategic Action Group was charged with "proposing a set of concrete activities that IASSIST and its members could undertake to further the organizations engaging with data professionals from Spanish speaking institutions from Spain and Latin America". An overview of the findings will be presented.

  • Data Sources for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
    Bobray Bordelon (Princeton University Library )


    An overview of major data resources available for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal will be provided.

  • Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
    Mitchell Seligson (Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University )


    The AmericasBarometer surveys currently cover all independent nations in North, Central and South America, as well as an important cross-section of the Caribbean. In addition, the Latin American Public Opinion Project archives many other political surveys for Latin America.

  • Data Curation at U.Porto: Identifying current practices across disciplinary domains
    Cristina Ribeiro (Porto University)
    Eugénia Matos Fernandes ( Porto University )


    The University of Porto is currently concerned with the curation of and the access to the scientific data generated by its researchers. There is a growing awareness of the fragility of digital archives, and researchers feel that they need to keep their data assets alive as the scientific infrastructure becomes more sophisticated. The possibilities of scientific impact derived from open datasets are also becoming evident to them. As a result of an identification task, we present a preliminary study on the datasets which are being used in current research, picking examples from life sciences, engineering, social sciences and arts. The identification also provides insight on current models for data curation, both formal and informal, and on the sensitivity of researchers with respect to open access to their data.

  • Comparative analysis of research in developed and developing countries and the implications for development in the latter
    Erica Barbosa (London School of Economics; Bosques Foundation (Bolivia))


    Having conducted research in both Latin America and Europe, a comparative analysis of the research process will be given along with implications for development in developing countries.

  • 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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