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Conference Presentations 2015

  • IASSIST 2015-Bridging the data divide: Data in the international context, Minneapolis
    Host Institution: University of Minnesota

F3: Social science data archives in transition (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Daniel Tsang

  • From being an archive to becoming an archive
    Anne Sofie Fink (Danish Data Archive/National Archive of Denmark)


    From being an archive to becoming an archive Since 1993 Danish Data Archive (DDA) has been part of the National Archive in Denmark. The DDA has been working as a (small) European style data archive - acquiring, curating and disseminating survey data produced by social science - as an organisational, independent unit. May 2014 the National Archive implemented a new organisational strategy with the aim of specialising activities across the whole organisation. This means that acquisition, curation, dissemination and software development is now carried out across administrative data and research data by four organisational separate units. Therefore the data archive needs to become a new kind of archive. At the moment we are standing in the middle of this implementation of new ways of working. The unit for data dissemination services for administrative data and research data has kept the name DDA and has taken on the responsibility for our international activities including being service provider for CESSDA ERIC, DDI-L based software development and taking part in DDI Alliance. The presentation will outline the challenges and risks in the process of change and point to new ways of becoming an archive in a new context.

  • European Research Services for Distributed Data: A Semantic Approach
    Anja Burghardt (Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency)


    Europe is struggling with societal challenges in fields such as health, migration and demographic change. For the development of tackling policy solutions on a European level innovative pan-European research is crucial. The upcoming challenges are thereby not limited to one specific discipline or European country. Consequently interdisciplinary research on a European level is necessary. For this kind of research data of different types and from multiple sources are needed. A future challenge for the European Research Community and related institutions is to build a research Infrastructure that will be able to integrate data in different forms and from multiple sources such as Data Archives, Research Data Centres, National Statistical Institutes, the corporate sector or the Internet. Thus we propose a European Research Services network equipped with semantic tools organizing multiple ontologies and data flows. This will improve the European Research infrastructure and allow researchers to make use of relational information and data. This will bring the research experience to a new level and ensuing research to its best. This talk will focus on the harmonization of data access forms, data styles, distributed sources, data documentation and possible other necessary information through a semantic model approach.

  • Data collection today: An overview of data collections and acquisition procedures in health libraries in the South-West, Nigeria
    Joseph Olorunsaye (University of Ibadan)


    Data collections and acquisitions in the electronic age are increasingly unique globally. But the growing equity in access to data for effective information service delivery and global relevance is a serious import of this study. Therefore, the effect of current economic and political challenges in Nigeria to the community of data, and the need to bridge the gap in literature is imperative. The purpose of the study is to determine the extent to which health libraries in the South-West, Nigeria have formalized data collections and acquisitions in the electronic age and to highlight the guidelines and policies used for collection and acquisition in the electronic age as against the traditional purchasing models. And, to determine the extent of current challenges on collection development and acquisitions for improve access to relevant data. There are scores of medical/health libraries in the south west of Nigeria but the guidelines for collections and acquisitions for effective information service delivery is underdeveloped. Giving the growing importance of this study, a questionnaire and interview approach will be explored to gather data from the Sectional heads and the Medical/Health Library Directors.


F4: Trust me! Demonstrating trustworthiness through the Data Seal of Approval (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Mary Vardigan

  • Data seal of approval: Overview
    Ingrid Dillo (DANS)
  • Building trust with the data seal of approval: Odum Institute case study
    Sophia Lafferty-Hess (University of North Carolina, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science)
  • Certifying CISER: A data seal of approval case study
    Stuart MacDonald (University of Edinburgh)
  • Data seal of approval and World Data System - toward common requirements
    Mary Vardigan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR))
  • Data Seal of Approva:l Case study Data First
    Lynn Woolfrey (Data First, University of Cape Town)

F5: Using data management plans as a research tool for improving data services in academic libraries (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Amanda Whitmire

  • Using data management plans as a research tool for improving data services in academic libraries
    Amanda Whitmire (Oregon State University)
    Lizzy Rolando (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Brian Westra (University of Oregon)
    Jake Carlson (University of Michigan)
    Patricia Hswe (Pennsylvania State University)
    Susan Wells Parham (Georgia Institute of Technology)


    To provide research data management (RDM) support services, libraries need to develop expertise in data curation and management within the library. Many academic libraries are reorganizing to initiate RDM service structures, but may lack staff expertise in this area. Funding agencies increasingly require a data management plan (DMP) with funding proposals; they describe how data generated in the proposed work will be managed, preserved and shared. We have developed an analytic rubric for assessing DMPs. An analysis of DMPs can identify common gaps in researcher understanding of RDM principles and practices, and identify barriers for researchers in applying best practices. Our rubric allows librarians to utilize DMPs as a research tool that can inform decisions about which research data services they should provide. This tool enables librarians who may have no direct experience in applied research or RDM to become better informed about researchers' data practices and how library services can support them. This panel will consist of five data specialists from academic libraries who will introduce the rubric, share the results of our individual analyses, and describe how the results informed the evolution of services at our respective libraries.

  • Applying the dart rubric to biology and chemistry dmps
    Brian Westra (University of Oregon)
  • IASSIST Quarterly

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