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Conference Presentations 2013

  • IASSIST 2013-Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility, and Sustainability, Cologne, Germany
    Host Institution: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Posters (Thu, 2013-05-30)

  • How to Make the Most of Your IASSIST Membership between Conferences
    Robin Rice (University of Edinburgh, EDINA & Data Library)
    Tuomas Alatera (Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD))
    Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)


    What does it mean to be a member of IASSIST these days? Does IASSIST do anything other than host annual conferences? Come talk with members of the Communications Committee, the Membership Chair and other IASSIST officials to discuss these and other burning questions you may have. This interactive poster session will reveal ways to get more deeply involved in IASSIST in between conferences by joining committees or interest groups. Perhaps you want to give something back to the organization you love so much. Perhaps you have an idea how the organization can do things better (and even better, the time to help us put it into practice). Perhaps you want to know if others share an important professional interest and how to take that forward. Or, perhaps you are a new member and are just curious to know what makes IASSIST tick. The poster will explain how the committee structure of IASSIST works, how you can contribute your time or expertise to benefit the organization, and will present results of the recent members’ survey. More importantly, IASSIST committee members will be at the poster session ready to talk to you about YOUR needs and interests regarding any aspect of the organization. A suggestion box will be available for anyone wishing to provide anonymous feedback. IASSIST is currently 100 percent volunteer run. We know we’re not perfect. Help us improve through your active participation and feedback.

  • A Good Practice of Cooperation Between Social Science Data Archives and a National Statistics Office: The Slovenian Example
    Sebastian Kočar (Slovene Social Science Data Archives (ADP))


    The Statistical Office (SORS) and the Social Science Data Archives (ADP) are both partners of the DwB project. The start of the cooperation between the organizations dates back to the nineties. Since then ADP has been distributing PUF micro- and metadata of surveys such as LFS. The cooperation was increased in 2012 to achieve the main goals of the DwB project in the national level easier. As the projects main objective is to assist European researchers in the access to the official statistics micro-data, meta- and micro-data, including the list of available micro-data, have been prepared. ADP will soon distribute metadata and PUF micro-data for the most important SORS micro-data. In the poster presentation I will expose the problems and challenges we've come across while improving the research environment. We will comment on how the cooperation between archives and NSO's could be improved and also discuss what those organizations could offer to each other. Both Slovene organizations believe that the cooperation should be extended beyond the requirements of the project and become a part of a long term commitment to assist researchers. So it is an example of a good practice which should be implemented in other countries across Europe as well.

  • Collaborative Research: Metadata Portal for the Social Sciences
    Sanda Ionescu (ICPSR)


    ICPSR, ANES/ISR, and NORC are currently engaged in a new collaborative effort to create a common metadata portal for two of the most important data collections in the U.S. - the American National Election Studies (ANES) and General Social Survey (GSS). Technical support is provided by Metadata Technology. This pilot project, funded by the National Science Foundation, proposes to build a combined library of machine-actionable DDI metadata for these collections, and demonstrate DDI-based tools for advanced searching, dynamic metadata presentation, and other functions meant to facilitate discovery and analysis of these data. The project will also lay a foundation for developing new metadata-driven workflows for both ANES and GSS. This poster will present our plan of action and the roles of the partners involved in different phases of the project. The progress made in the first stages will be discussed both in terms of accomplishments and any difficulties that had to be overcome.

  • An Interdisciplinary Repository for Research on Social Dimensions of Emerging Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities
    Peter Granda (ICPSR)


    By 2015, National Science Foundation Centers for Nanotechnology in Society in the United States, as well as other institutes and researchers conducting social dimensions research, will have spent ten years collecting qualitative and quantitative data and developing analytic and methodological tools for examining the ethical, legal and social impacts (ELSI) of nano-science and emerging technologies. Much of this interdisciplinary inquiry extends beyond quantitative approaches with an established practice of reuse and verification to include research and pedagogical tools for use in planning, informal learning, and decision-making settings. This poster will report on activities associated with a National Leadership Planning Grant that the UMass Amherst Libraries received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study what infrastructure, funding, and partnerships will be necessary to develop standards to carry out data archiving for such digital objects. A central activity of this grant will be a dedicated planning workshop, scheduled for June 2013, to discuss the technical and administrative requirements for implementing an interdisciplinary repository for Nano ELSI data.

  • The Comprehensive Extensible Data Documentation and Access Repository (CED2AR), version 1.0
    Jeremy Williams (Cornell University )
    Bill Block (Cornell University )
    Warren Brown (Cornell University )
    Florio Arguillas (Cornell University )


    This poster will demonstrate the latest DDI-related technological developments of Cornell University's $3 million NSF-Census Research Network (NCRN) award, dedicated to improving the documentation, discoverability, and accessibility of public and restricted data from the federal statistical system in the United States. The current internal name for our DDI-based system is the Comprehensive Extensible Data Documentation and Access Repository (CED2AR). CED2AR ingests metadata from heterogeneous sources and supports filtered synchronization between restricted and public metadata holdings. Currently-supported CED2AR connector workflows include mechanisms to ingest IPUMS, zero-observation files from the American Community Survey (DDI 2.1), and SIPP Synthetic Beta (DDI 1.2). These disparate metadata sources are all transformed into a DDI 2.5 compliant form and stored in a single repository. It can then be filtered, allowing the creation of derived public use metadata from an original confidential source. This repository is currently searchable online through a web application and application programming interface demonstrating the ability to search across previously heterogeneous metadata sources. In addition, we will demonstrate an extension to DDI 2.5 that allows for the labeling of elements within the schema to indicate confidentiality.

  • Expansion of the Odum Institute Dataverse Network: Forming Partnerships, Harnessing Infrastructures, and increasing Preservation of Research Data
    Jonathan Crabtree (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
    Lynda Kellam (University of North Carolina Greensboro)


    In this poster, we will summarize the expansion of the Odum Institute Dataverse Network (DVN) to support new inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaborations. The Odum Institute and the North Carolina Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship (NC DOCKS) group have formed an inter-institutional collaboration to address data management needs of researchers within NC DOCKS schools. This collaboration allows researchers, assisted by institutional library staff, to deposit data into Dataverses hosted by the Odum Institute Dataverse Network (DVN) thereby ensuring research data is properly preserved and accessible. Odum is also expanding the Odum DVN to support multi-disciplinary research data. Odum recently formed a partnership with the Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study investigators. This partnership will allow the Odum data archive staff, in collaboration with the OPPERA team, to deposit phenotype and genotype data into the DVN as a preservation strategy. These expansions of the DVN show the growing role of collaboration in data management and preservation and the opportunities to harness current infrastructures and grow partnerships instead of creating institutional and discipline-based silos.

  • SRDA Community Platform Development
    Chih-Jen Liang (Academia Sinica)


    The Survey Research Data Archive (SRDA) of Academia Sinica has Taiwan's largest collection of survey data. The collection comes from both the academics and government agencies. Since its establishment in 1994, SRDA has become an important resource for teaching and research. In order to facilitate resource sharing among researchers and to reduce the time and energy individual researchers have to put in for similar and complex analysis tasks, we propose to build an SRDA platform for learning and sharing in quantitative research methods. The platform has two objectives. First, it allows SRDA members to share programs, written by themselves, by uploading it, assigning it to one or more purpose Track and describing its contents and purposes in words. Other members can search for a specific program by using the purpose Track and by searching in the descriptions. Those who contribute programs will manage their own files, so that only the most recent versions are available. Second, it allows members to post comments or questions, whether specific to a program or not, and all members can respond. Members and visitors can also learn by searching in these questions and responses.

  • Qualitative Data in the Context of Mixed Methods Research: The Concept of Research Data Centre for Education (RDC Education)
    Doris Bambey (German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF))


    Against the background of the triangulation of methods, qualitative micro-genetic approaches such as video studies have become significantly more relevant in educational research in the last ten years. At the same time a desideratum is evident in the field of prepared and re-usable qualitative research data. Accordingly a great task is still the development of specific metadata standards for this type of objects as well as a reliable way of dealing the particular problems relating to data protection in the case of AV research data. FDZ Bildung place particular emphasis on audio-visual and auditive data and their numerical-textual assessment and documentation materials such as transcripts, narrative descriptions of observed settings, codings and ratings. This contribution aims to show how FDZ Bildung is dealing with the requirements of bringing together all instruments and data of a study, thus offering researchers an efficient access to the entire quantitative and qualitative output at the level of a study. The concept takes into account the results of interviews with educational researchers which systematically were carried out in 2012.

  • DDI Tools Catalogue: A Sharing Platform for Everyone
    Andias Wira-Alam (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    In recent years the use of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata formats has spread across research communities. To date, many DDI developers from different countries have created tools to help active and prospective DDI users to understand and implement the specification. We are pleased to present the DDI Tools Catalogue, a platform for sharing tools among DDI developers, DDI users, DDI prospective users, and others. Currently, there are 46 DDI tools registered in the Catalogue. Among those, 30 tools are under a Freeware License. In terms of DDI Codebook and Lifecycle support, there are 5 tools that support DDI 1.x, 8 tools for DDI 2.0, 15 tools for DDI 2.1, 21 tools for DDI 3.0, and 12 tools for DDI 3.1. Our aim is to make the DDI Tools Catalogue a useful resource not only for current developers but also for prospective developers who are interested in building tools and submitting them to the Catalogue. We also encourage researchers, archivists, data librarians, and others to investigate the Catalogue to identify tools to meet their specific documentation needs. We are confident that in coming years there will be significant growth in the number of DDI tools available.

  • Linking Research Data and Literature: Integration of da|ra and Sowiport based on Link Information from InFoLiS
    Dimitar Dimitrov (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Daniel Hienert (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Katarina Boland (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Dennis Wegener (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    Finding and using relations between digital information systems and their respective data sources is a major issue in the area of scientific information management. A use-case in the social sciences is the linking of publications and underlying research data and making the link information directly accessible via integrated information systems. We present an architecture that allows integrating metadata on study research datasets from the public information system da|ra with metadata on literature from the Sowiport portal. The relations are extracted from study metadata and publication full texts using link detection algorithms developed in the InFoLiS project. By this, we show how to extend existing information systems to allow users to navigate between different datasets via relations.

  • 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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