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Conference Presentations 2012

  • IASSIST 2012-Data Science for a Connected World: Unlocking and Harnessing the Power of Information, Washington, DC
    Host Institution: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Workshops (Tue, 2012-06-05)

  • Workshop: Improving a Good Thing: the New American FactFinder Interface
    Michele Hayslett (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)


    Anyone who uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau will by this time have encountered the new American FactFinder interface. Come learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of it. Michele Hayslett will lead a tour with an example data search and then participants will have a chance to practice with hands-on exercises. If you missed Michele's webinar last June for the North Carolina Libraries Association Government Resources Section, this will be a similar session but will include new material.

  • Workshop: Data and Metadata Management Using DDI
    Wendy Thomas (Minnesota Population Center)


    Formalizing the process of data and metadata management has become increasingly important. The DDI metadata standard was designed to support metadata management from simple stand-alone studies to major statistical production systems. This workshop will look at how DDI supports the data and metadata management process from a high level business perspective. Use cases covering different organizational structures and processes will be used to provide a checklist of options for introducing DDI into an organization.

  • Workshop: Hands on DDI 3 with Colectica
    Jeremy Iverson (Algenta Technologies)


    Colectica is a platform for creating, documenting, managing, distributing, and discovering data. Colectica is built on open standards including DDI 3.This training course covers the following topics: Introduction to Colectica Introduction to DDI 3 Documenting concepts and general study design Designing and documenting data collection instruments Creating and documenting data products Ingesting existing resources Publishing resources Hands-on: use Colectica to manage a sample study"

  • Workshop: Introduction to IPUMS and NHGIS: Analyzing and Mapping Demographic Data
    Katie Genadek (Minnesota Population Center)
    David VanRiper (Minnesota Population Center)


    In this day-long two-part workshop, representatives from the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) will demonstrate the very latest harmonized resources for social, demographic, geographic and health research. The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is one of the world's leading developers of demographic data resources. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the content of the MPC data resources and receive basic information about how to get and use the data, which are available free over the internet. The first part of this workshop will focus on the IPUMS projects, which include census and survey microdata data from over 80 countries. Attendees will download the data over the internet and analyze in a statistical package, and use the online analysis system to perform analyses without a statistical package. The second part of this workshop will focus on the NHGIS, which provides aggregate census data from 1790-present. Attendees will learn how the data are constructed, how to obtain the data, and then they will graph it using GIS.

  • Workshop: Online Data Tools for Curricular Use: Raising the Bar on Data Literacy for Undergraduates
    Paula Lackie (Carleton College)
    Adrienne Brennecke (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis )
    Chiu-chuang (Lu) Chou (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


    With tools like SDA, NESSTAR & DataVerse, and more specific tools like ICPSR's Online Learning Center, BADGIR, Earth Exploration Toolbook, and FRED, we can help improve undergraduate experience with data. These tools empower students to reference compelling evidence and overcome the temptation to use weasel words. Join us to compare and contrast these web-based resources with particular focus on undergraduate research and writing.

  • Workshop: NORC and Secure Data Service: Unlocking Access to Sensitive Data
    Richard Welpton (UK Data Archive)
    Johannes Fernandes-Huessy (University of Chicago)
    Daniel Gwynne (University of Chicago)


    We know that government agencies collect a huge amount of information about individuals, companies and organisations. Many of us know the potential of unlocking these data for helping us to understand the world in which we live - but too often, access to these sources are denied by the data owners. Security and confidentiality are the main reasons cited.Both NORC and the UK Data Archive's Secure Data Service have pioneered secure access to sensitive sources of data, allowing academic researchers to undertake innovative analyses that better inform public policy.This workshop will focus on how to set up a secure data enclave (a remote access method that allows researchers to access sensitive data, without the data leaving a secure home), based on the experiences of NORC and SDS which are recent success stories. The following areas will be covered in the workshop: 1. Re-visiting the data access spectrum: why do we need a secure enclave? 2. Technologies 3. Security - standards, maintenance, auditing 4. Convincing data owners to provide the data 5. Staffing a secure enclave 6. Working with researchers to ensure safe access 7. Establishing a community of safe researchers 8. Lessons Learned - what we would do differently next time

  • Workshop: Keeping Your Archive Safe (and on TRAC) with SafeArchive and LOCKSS
    Micah Altman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


    This ½-day workshop focuses on how to protect your archival content, and how to formalize, document and audit storage policies. The workshop is appropriate for curators of content who wish to replicate their content and/or document storage policies for compliance with TRAC, Data Seal of Approval, and other archival standards. This provides hands on practice with, and example configurations for LOCKSS installation and configuration; SafeArchive installation and configuration, generating and interpreting policy reports, and TRAC documentation. At the end of the workshop the student will be able to install the SafeArchive system; use it replicate archival content exposed through DVN, OAI-PMH or the web; and produce formal audits and reports to determine compliance with archival storage policies.

A1: Research Data Management: assessments and planning (Wed, 2012-06-06)

  • Data Management Planning for Secure Services (DMP-SS)
    Fortunato D Castillo (UCL Institute of Child Health)
    Stelios Alexandrakis (UCL Institute of Child Health)
    Anthony Thomas (UCL Institute of Child Health)
    Michael Waters (UCL Institute of Child Health)
    Phil Curran (MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing)
    Kevin Garwood (MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing)


    The UK's Digital Curation Centre has recently developed DMPOnline, a web-based service that guides researchers through the process of writing a structured and standardised data management plan, mapped to a wide range of major research funding agencies. Our project seeks to augment the DMPOnline tool with an information risk management tool that would assist data managers in the development and maintenance of formal Information Security Management Systems in line with the ISO-27001:2005 international standard for information security. Since the DMPOnline is currently a simple checklist of questions we aim to refine this model. This project will assess the viability of creating an extensible architecture for data management planning through the use of DDI (an established metadata standard) and related tooling. A pre-existing open source DDI 3.1 registry and editors will be extended, allowing for the creation of semantically rich project-specific representations of data management plans through a DDI broker, providing the basis of interoperability with a set of data management services. We hope to demonstrate the value of data management planning in the provision and maintainance of effective information security.

  • DataONE: A Glimpse into the Practices of Data Managers
    Eleanor J. Read (University of Tennessee)


    Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE; is supported by the National Science Foundation and will ensure the preservation of and access to multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data about Earth. DataONE will make biological data available from the genome to the ecosystem; make environmental data available from atmospheric, ecological, hydrological, and oceanographic sources; and engage scientists, land-managers, policy makers, students, educators, and the public through logical access and intuitive visualizations. The DataONE Usability and Assessment Working Group is tasked with conducting a variety of assessments on aspects of the DataONE project. This presentation will discuss the results of a survey sent to data managers to assess current data management and data sharing needs, practices, and attitudes. IASSIST members were invited to participate in the survey via the listserv. Questions asked included how much data is deposited on public, internal, or personal websites, access/use conditions, the reasons data managers do not make their data available to others electronically, policies and processes for data deposition and storage, use of metadata to describe data and the metadata standards and tools used, training on best practices and adequate funding for data management, and data management plans, among other things.
  • DMVitals: A Data Management Assessment Recommendations Tool
    Andrew Sallans (University of Virginia Library)
    Sherry Lake (University of Virginia Library)


    The DMVitals is a key component of the UVa Library's Scientific Data Consulting (UVa SciDaC) Group's research data interviews. The DMVitals is a tool to assess data management practices based on a series of best practices statements. With the DMVitals a data management consultant associates a list of data management practices to portions of the research data interview and rank reserachers' current practices base to their level of data “sustainability”. The DMVitals tool generates customized and actionable recommendations to help researchers improve their data management practices. The tool also creates objective, repeatable recommendations that can be generated rapidly. This paper will detail the development of the DMVitals tool and describe how UVa SciDaC integrates it into their existing data interview and data management plan process to expedite the data management recommendation report process and to provide actionable feedback which researchers can use almost immediately to improve the sustainability of their data. The paper will also illustrate how the DMVitals can easily be integrated in other data management assessment tools such as the Digital Curatin Center's (DCC) CARDIO.

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