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Conference Presentations 2014

  • IASSIST 2014-Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure, Toronto
    Host Institution: University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University

7X: Data Curation and Workflow (Fri, 2014-06-06)
Chair:Harrison Dekker

  • A review and redesign of Roper Center infrastructure
    Elise Dunham (Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)
    Cindy Teixeira (Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)


    Like many institutions, the Roper Center has been considering its sustainability over time. Looking to the future, the rapid proliferation of data and emerging technologies in the research community will cause foreseeable pressure on the Center’s aging systems, processing workflows and limited resource allocation. In response to these challenges, the Roper Center, guided by consultant Ann Green, began “A Review and Redesign of Roper Center Infrastructure” in 2011 with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project initiated with an internal review of operations as well as an environmental scan of standards and practices in the digital curation field. Based on this collaborative effort, Green developed a detailed report including a framework and recommendations to facilitate institutional changes. The Roper Center team is developing a new single-stream, DDI-compliant data processing infrastructure that will streamline quality review of incoming public opinion materials. By implementing a more policy-driven and standards-based workflow, the Center will ensure the long-term preservation of and improve access to our materials. This presentation will provide an overview of policy changes and technological improvements the Roper Center has executed based upon its workflow analysis and offer recommendations relevant to any institution considering undergoing an internal review process.

  • Working with data at its source: empowering social science researchers to share and document their data for archiving and discovery...
    Ron Nakao (Stanford University)
    Matt Marostica (Stanford University)


    Enticing social science researchers to share their data has been significantly improved given the contextual changes spurred by grant foundations, associations, publishers, and government agencies. One major challenge is the documentation of the data. Ideally, the researcher would create the quality metadata that enables his/her data to be discovered, and re-used correctly. However, researchers often lack the time, expertise, or support to create quality metadata. Stanford University Libraries recently added the ability for researchers to self-deposit their data in the University’s Institutional Repository (SDR, Stanford Digital Repository). However, the metadata required for many social science studies goes far beyond that supported by the SDR self-deposit process. Librarians, faculty, and developers at Stanford have collaborated to try to address this issue via a Drupal-based web site: We will share our experiences, assessments, and future plans.

7Y: RDM Activities within CESSDA (Fri, 2014-06-06)
Chair:Laurence Horton

  • CESSDA archives and research data management activities
    Laurence Horton (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
    Alexia Katsanidou (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Mari Kleemola (Finnish Social Science Data Archive)
    Veerle Van den Eynden (UK Data Archive)
    Alexandra Stam (Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences)
    Henrik Sejersen ( Danish Data Archive)


    The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) is an association of European nation archives working in cooperation to develop a European wide data infrastructure. Part of CESSDA’s activities will be promoting Research Data Management training and support through and along with member archives. The aim of this panel is to provide a comparative forum, informing participants on funding environments and data sharing in different European countries thereby providing a cross-national perspective that can be sometimes ignored. This panel brings together representatives from CESSDA member archives to illustrate the social science data sharing requirements and reuse culture in their countries as well as display the work they are doing archiving data for reuse and providing Research Data Management support services. From this panel session we hope to identify commonalities, differences, obstacles, solutions, in the European experience and potential progress strategies for the CESSDA as it addresses the best way to coordinate European wide training and support on RDM, including support for European Union Horizon 2020 research projects. Although the session is focused on the European experience, it welcomes and strongly encourages international perspectives.


7Z: Supporting Data Use (Fri, 2014-06-06)
Chair:Jackie Carter

  • Addressing geospatial data needs: fashions and factions in GIS collection development
    Maria A. Jankowska (University of California Los Angeles)
    Andy Rutkowski (University of Southern California)


    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) researchers and users have been at the forefront of creating and using data. GIS collection development within university libraries has evolved and advanced greatly as user demands have increased and become more specialized. Most major universities now either have a GIS specialist or a “data lab” with librarians. The push for addressing data at the university level, whether its data collection, management, or storage, has become common place. This presentation focuses on new and developing trends in users’ demand for geospatial data. We will address questions and issues concerning how these new demands impact academic libraries collection development policies. In particular we focus on four issues: A move from macro data collections to more micro-oriented collections. Nature of geospatial data. What structures are in place to provide access? Need for policy guiding collection development for geospatial data. We give a brief overview of the above issues and focus on the challenges that have persisted through users’ demand for geospatial data. The presentation will look at the challenges through the lens of two specific case studies: the University of California, Los Angeles at Charles E. Young Research Library and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, GeoPortal.

  • Can you fix it? Yes, you can!: repurposing user support materials
    Richard Wiseman (University of Manchester, UK Data Service, Mimas)


    The UK Data Service is a resource funded to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data. It is made up of the former services ESDS, and the Secure Data Service. With the birth of the new service, we set about repurposing, as well as creating new content that met the needs of the UK Data Service. This presentation will discuss our approach to supporting our users with high quality and relevant materials within our website. These materials include dataset guides, videos, and slide-packs for teaching, as well as other web resources. In addition, we discuss how we have repurposed materials from webinars to reach a larger audience. We also discuss the steps taken to create these materials, practicalities and the lessons learnt, as well as our future plans.

  • Visualizing survey data: disseminating results from a population health survey on HIV and AIDS in Canada
    Berenica Vejvoda (University of Toronto)
    Dan Allman (University of Toronto)
    Bharath Kashyap (University of Toronto)
    Caroline Godbout (University of Toronto)


    Effective knowledge dissemination of population survey results benefit the end user when results are engaging and visually appealing, as they enhance understanding and move research into action. In 2011, the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) conducted a national population health survey to gain a better understanding of Canadians’ behaviours, attitudes, knowledge and perceptions of HIV and AIDS. To maximize the dissemination of these survey results, the team was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to build a prototype for an open source (or open access or non proprietorial) web-based data visualization tool. The interactive tool visualizes the survey data using both spatial and non-spatial elements and utilizes both Drupal and Google map and charts scripts. The tool is currently undergoing evaluation by its target knowledge users, which are staff at organizations that provide HIV and AIDS-related services across Canada. Future plans are to further build-out non-spatial visualization components as well as add additional data to the platform. This project involves a multi-disciplinary collaboration between public health researchers, geographers, librarians and professionals from community-based AIDS organizations. This session will describe the process of developing the data visualization tool; share the results from the evaluation data collected ; and discuss the challenge of designing a tool that engages users through an easily accessible and visually pleasing representation without losing the multidimensional complexity of the data.

  • The landscape of research data visualization and considerations for strategic interventions
    Justin Joque (University of Michigan)


    Data visualization has become an increasingly important part of working with research data. While universities, libraries and data providers are investing in data and visualization infrastructure, the term now encompass a broadening range of activities from the design of graphics for publication to real time rendering of terabytes of data in interactive 3D environments. Librarians are increasingly being asked to participate and support research data visualization, but the breadth of the landscape creates difficulties for developing services and meeting campus expectations around visualization. As libraries and academic institutions develop infrastructure, support and services for visualization, we will need to both understand the complexity of the broad space of visualization and strategically develop scalable support for a diversity of types of visualization. The range of activities that constitute visualization each have unique economies of scale and cultural practices that directly influence our ability to provide support. This presentation will attempt to describe the diversity of the academic visualization landscape and building on our experiences at the University of Michigan will suggest some of the opportunities and challenges provided by providing library support for data visualization.

  • 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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