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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

Poster Session (Thu, 2011-06-02)

  • Showcasing the UK Data Archive
    Bethany Morgan Brett (UK Data Archive)


    This poster session showcases some of the key services offered by the UK Data Archive. This year we have undergone a complete rebranding which in itself has given us the opportunity to really think hard about who we are! The focus has been on reaching out to a much wider audience, and giving a more open tone to our web site and communications. The poster highlights a number of new activities:

    • our new website and resources
    • new data management capacity building grants
    • our work on providing case studies of data usage
    • our ESDS Research Methods and teaching resources
    • our new Secure Data Service funded by the ESRC which promotes excellence in research by enabling safe and secure remote access to sensitive, detailed and confidential data
    • our new Question Bank search
  • Exploring digital curation definition across research centers, university, government, and commercial industries in the U.S.
    Plato Smitt II (Florida State University)


    Cursory research of literature and select US and foreign institutions' websites on the emerging field of digital curation reveal varied definitions of digital curation with some definitions possessing ambiguous interpretations when digital curation and data curation appear to be used interchangeably to define digital curation. Hence, a survey titled defining digital curation understanding was developed to address this research issue. The goal of this survey is to understand the public’s perception of data curation, digital preservation, digital curation, and life cycle terms. This survey was created to illuminate common terminology development across multiple research disciplines for deeper inter-disciplinary research exploration and collaboration within the broader context of data management. Since digital curation involves multiple research disciplines, institutions and organizations, there is a need to assess the public’s response to the development towards common nomenclature of definitions and interpretations across multiple disciplines. The data from this survey will be used to support and stimulate discussions toward impacting decisions for the establishment of baseline terminology agreement across disciplines, institutions, and organizations in the US with practical implications for contributions to curriculum, theoretical, and professional development.

    This exploratory research poster will use text, graphics, and survey results to explore defining digital curation understanding across disciplines, institutions, and organizations in the US, provide insight into future digital curation curriculum development, and contribute to existing literature in the emerging field of digital curation research in the US.

  • Restructuring SDA for Easier Collaboration in Data Analysis
    Charlie Thomas (CSM and UCDATA, Univ. of California, Berkeley)
    Jon Stiles (CSM and UCDATA, University of California, Berkeley )


    SDA has been successful in facilitating easy online analysis of survey data for a wide range of users -- researchers, faculty, students, journalists and others. SDA's ability to provide analysis "in the cloud" -- without the need to download data or install statistical software -- has proven very popular. Now we are extending SDA's capabilities in a number of ways for various types of users. For students and other "beginners" we are simplifying the user interface by hiding more advanced options until they are needed. For more advanced users we are: adding new options for complex standard errors, enabling private workspaces where analysts can create recoded and computed variables and selectively share them with collaborators, and providing ways to save and share analysis options so a particular analysis can be easily recreated. And for archivists who are setting up an SDA archive, we are simplifying the installation procedure by consolidating the SDA distribution package into a single Java Web application.

  • Shared Digital Technologies for Data Curation, Preservation, and Access: A Proof of Concept
    Mary Vardigan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Bryan Beecher (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Nathan Adams (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Nancy McGovern (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Peggy Overcashier (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)


    ICPSR is building Fedora Commons data models for social science research data and documentation that conform to the OAIS reference model, and which will facilitate the generation of key OAIS products such as the Archival Information Package (AIP). This presentation will share the results of an NSF-funded INTEROP grant which has funded this work since late 2009.

  • An infrastructure approach serving DDI3.x
    Johanna Vompras (University Library Bielefeld)
    Jochen Schirrwagen (University Library Bielefeld)
    Wolfram Horstmann (University Library Bielefeld)


     Embedded in a trans-disciplinary strategy for the institutional research data management, the Data Service Center for Business and Organizational Data (DSZ-BO) is currently established at the Bielefeld University. The goal is to bridge the gap between data producers and data consumers by providing an infrastructural framework for the acquisition, standardization, preservation, dissemination and - if appropriate discovery and reuse - of scientific data. Beside the identification of the requirements and workflows within the sociological research, there is a technical challenge for developing a DDI3.x-based infrastructure which covers as many of the peculiarities in the description and management of quantitative/qualitative data and its metadata from (longitudinal) surveys. Furthermore, the description of organizational data is very complex and needs another focus of documentation, e.g. usage of controlled vocabularies for the classification of employers. In this presentation we will explain our multi-layer architecture for efficient storage, retrieval, presentation and enabling secondary analysis on the basis of DDI which are relative to DSZ-BO research problems. Furthermore generic add-on services will be considered which connect the data archive with a repository. This enables persistent identification and bidirectional linking of research data and publications as well as access rights management, versioning and data export functionalities.

  • The UK Data Archive's Secure Data Service
    Melanie Wright (UK Data Archive, University of Essex)


    The UK Economic and Social Research Council has recently funded a new Secure Data Service to provide remote secure access to data previously considered too sensitive or detailed to be allowed offsite. After a 2-year pilot and a long journey of collaboration with the UK Office for National Statistics and other major UK data producers, the Secure Data Service has launched a fullblown service for UK academic researchers. The poster will demonstrate what the service offers and how.

  • Data-PASS Punched Card Data Recovery
    Marc Maynard (Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)


    One goal of the Data-PASS Partnership is to find and preserve potentially "at-risk" data sets for future generations of social science researchers. These data sets can take on many forms and be found on obsolete media including paper tape, punched cards, as well as, magnetic tape and disk. Based on the collaborative efforts of Data-PASS partners and focused on both the physical and logical aspects of recovery, this poster describes and documents efforts to rescue, read, process, and migrate multi-punched card data to modern formats.

  • The New Array of Roper Center Services
    Lois Timms-Ferrera (The Roper Center, University of Connecticut)
    Marc Maynard (The Roper Center, University of Connecticut)


    There are a variety of new tools available to access the more than a half million US questions in iPOLL and 20,000 US and international dataset files archived at the Roper Center. This poster and live demonstration will display these newer services and present options for assessing user needs and discerning which services will best meet those needs. It will encapsulate the various finding aids and analysis tools that support the discovery and utilization of public opinion surveys, and will focus on the latest service enhancements, iPOLLplus and RoperExplorer, the new interface utilizing SDA to analyze surveys.

F1: Data Management Plans: UK, US, Australia (Fri, 2011-06-03)
Chair:William Block, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)

  • Of Policy, Practice and Tools: Data Management Planning in the Social Sciences in the UK
    Martin Donnelly (University of Edinburgh)
    Veerle Van den Eynden (co-author) (UK Data Archive )


    Public funders place increasing importance in data management planning (DMP) for research projects in improving the longevity of research data, and enabling widespread access and reuse. The UK's Economic and Social Research Council's new data policy continues the trend by mandating DMPs as an integral part of all research award applications. Support services have followed suit by developing tools and guidance for researchers to plan and implement data management throughout their work. The Digital Curation Centre has developed a web-based tool, DMP Online, which helps researchers develop data management plans according to their funders' requirements. The UK Data Archive, where data resulting from ESRC-funded research are archived and made available to the academic community, works closely with researchers on data sharing, providing data management guidance and advice. Ongoing efforts combine the strengths of all involved, integrating DMP Online into the ESRC application form, with UKDA and DCC providing guidance for researchers to develop strong plans - and for reviewers to evaluate these. Discussions also focus on how ESRC might monitor how plans are operationalised, and how good data management is demonstrated. In the longer term, this collaboration may provide a model for an integrated approach to DMP across all funders.

  • Save you time, make you famous!
    Gabrielle Gardiner (University of Technology Sydney)
    Elizabeth Mulhollann (presenter) (University of Technology Sydney)


    This paper will describe the tools, resources and communication strategy designed to support researchers across multiple disciplines, to think about their data from project inception and planning through to publication and promotion. It describes a staged approach to data management planning, just-in-time information design, and tools and techniques for collaborating. This project, based at the University of Technology, Sydney was designed to improve data management planning, capture and discovery across the University as well as influence management policies and processes, but it also demonstrates the value of designing a user needs approach rather than relying on a compliance-based system. The deliverables from the project, including data management checklists and guidelines, guides to data archives, metadata approaches, protocols and tools for promotion will be discussed.

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