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Conference Presentations 2015

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

Posters (Wed, 2015-06-03)

  • High value, high risk: Options for restricted data dissemination at ICPSR
    Johanna Davidson Bleckman (ICPSR - University of Michigan)


    As the body of social science research data grows, so does interest in obtaining data for replication and secondary analysis purposes. Research data involving individuals tend to be highly disclosive and often sensitive. Traditional methods of coarsening, truncating, or otherwise altering the data for public consumption limits both the utility of the study and the impact of the initial investment. There is growing interest in establishing innovative ways of sharing research data in its fullest form while minimizing disclosure risk and honoring confidentiality assurances given to research subjects. ICPSR employs three main methods of restricted data dissemination, and this poster will highlight these methods and demonstrate the features of the newest method, the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave (VDE)-- a virtual computing environment offering full access to disclosed and sensitive restricted data that never leave ICPSR servers.

  • Bridging the administrative data gap: supporting researchers and data custodians at the Administrative Data Research Network
    Kakia Chatsiou (Administrative Data Research Network)
    Carlotta Greci (Administrative Data Research Network)
    John Sanderson (Administrative Data Research Network)
    Linda Winsor (Administrative Data Research Network)


    Researchers go an extra mile to access administrative data in the UK: administrative databases are operational records and need to be processed and documented prior to using them for research. There is no support mechanism for users of administrative data -- there is researchers quite often don't know how to access and analyse administrative data and have to negotiate access with depositors themselves. Support staff working in the administrative data setting supporting researchers need a variety of skills, too. Having a good knowledge of the data is not sufficient - staff need to be approachable and proficient in translating requirements, mediating and negotiating access and thinking laterally to solve any problems arising. Finally, legal pathways to access for research purposes are still in development and quite often vary between different data custodians. The Administrative Data Research Network is a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, funders and the wider research community aiming to bridge these barriers. This paper will describe how the ADRN User Services team have been bringing together academic, government and third sector researchers, data custodians and data professionals to enable access of linked, de-identified administrative data for research in the UK.

  • Bridging the data divide: Economical repository management in the openICPSR Cloud
    Linda Detterman (ICPSR - University of Michigan)


    Organizations desire to meet changing federal research requirements requiring public access data sharing as well as satisfy the growing global call for replication and transparency of data analyses. However, organizations have limited resources to expend on user support, technical staffing, and the infrastructure development and maintenance needed to support public-access, data-sharing services. This environment has made hosted data sharing in the cloud a solid alternative to costly do-it-yourself (build-it-yourself) repository management. With a growing need at the organizational level for effective and experienced, but economically feasible data sharing, ICPSR researched and developed a public-access, data-sharing service for use by institutions and journals. This poster will highlight the research findings and demonstrate the features and benefits of openICPSR for Institutions and Journals, a fully-hosted, data-sharing service for use by organizations, departments, and journals of all sizes.

  • DANS Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Sharing data together
    Ingrid Dillo (DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services)


    DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this, DANS encourages scientific researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained form, for instance via the online archiving system EASY ( and the Dutch Dataverse Network ( With NARCIS (, DANS also provides access to thousands of scientific datasets, e-publications and other research information in the Netherlands. The institute furthermore provides training and consultancy and carries out research on sustained access to digital information.

    Elements in our new strategic plan 2015-2020 are:

    1. the federated data infrastructure in the Netherlands

    2. the care for living data and

    3. the need to change the business model by charging institutions that deposit data in the DANS-repository for the basic storage costs.

    Driven by data, DANS with its services and participation in (inter)national projects and networks ensures the further improvement of access to digital research data. Please visit for more information and contact details.

  • TERESAH - Authoritative knowledge registry for researchers
    Johan Fihn (Swedish National Data Service)


    TERESAH (Tools E-Registry for E-Social science, Arts and Humanities) is a cross-community tools knowledge registry aimed at researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. It aims to provide an authoritative listing of the software tools currently in use in those domains, and to allow their users to make transparent the methods and applications behind them. TERESAH has been developed as part of the Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities (DASISH), a Seventh Framework Programme funded project. DASISH collaborates with the five ESFRI Infrastructures in the field of Social Science and Humanities (CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS, and SHARE). The tools and knowledge registry is aimed at researchers from all disciplines and sectors, research infrastructure builders and users, as well as IT personnel. It aims to include information about tools, services, methodologies, and current standards and makes use of existing social media for dissemination and discussions. TERESAH is open source software and has been developed with a reusability plan in mind, meaning that anyone can install and run a TERESAH instance of their own with minimal effort required. This poster will give an overview of TERESAH's structure and features including live demos.

  • Overcoming issues and challenges facing social sciences data services in the near future
    Maria Jankowska (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA))


    Social sciences and humanities data services and collections are changing rapidly due to data intensive research, new research data drivers, volume, variety, and velocity of data. This poster focuses on libraries transition from the traditional model of data services focused mostly on secondary data to a new model supporting research communities in discovering primary, secondary data, and the stewardship of research data. Additionally, the poster present the challenges facing data services and collections librarians in the near future and proposes strategies in managing these challenges.

  • Understanding researcher needs in data management: A comparison of four colleges in a large academic American university
    Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota)
    Carolyn Bishoff (University of Minnesota)
    Steven Braun (University of Minnesota)
    Alicia Hofelich (University of Minnesota)
    Josh Bishoff (University of Minnesota)


    The diverse nature of research makes identifying needs and providing support for data management a complex task in an academic setting. To better understand this diversity, we compare the findings from three surveys on research data management delivered to faculty across 104 departments in the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Each survey was separately run in the Medical School, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Science & Engineering and modified to use language that paralleled the different cultural understandings of research and data across these disciplines. Our findings reveal common points of need, such as a desire for more data management support across the research lifecycle, with the strongest needs related to preparing data for sharing, data preservation, and data dissemination. However, the results also reveal striking differences across the disciplines in attitudes and perceptions toward data management, awareness of existing requirements, and community expectations. These survey results can be used by others to demonstrate that a one-size-fits-all approach to supporting data management is not appropriate for a large research university and that the services developed should be sensitive to discipline-specific research practices and perceived needs.

  • DRUM-roll Please: Introducing an interdisciplinary data repository with a focus on curation for reuse
    Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota)


    The Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) ( is a service that launched in November 2014 enabling campus researchers to provide long-term, open access to their research data. DRUM reflects the Libraries' commitment to providing broad and enduring access to the intellectual output of the University. Making research data openly available in DRUM has numerous benefits, including: the ability to provide a persistent identifier (DOI) to data for citation purposes, compliance with data sharing and preservation requirements of funding agencies, and tracking the downloads of data in order to demonstrate impact. DRUM is one of a number of library data services that include support for writing data management plans (DMPs), training faculty, staff and students in data management best practices, and digital preservation and curation of the digital objects. This poster will describe the open source architecture behind the data archive, the policies for deposit, and the importance of acceptance criteria and curation actions that are taken to ensure that data are discoverable in a way that maximizes potential for re-use.

  • Telling tales: The power of data stories to illustrate and reach out
    Inna Kouper (Research Data Alliance; Indiana University)
    Monika Duke (Digital Curation Centre; University of Bath)
    Sarah Jones (Digital Curation Centre; University of Glasgow)


    In September 2014 a librarian asked for examples of good and bad data management practices on the JISC Research Data Management mailing list. The examples were to be used in training courses and engagement efforts. Following this exchange and several suggested links to examples, a session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) plenary (a global organization to facilitate data sharing) further highlighted the need for a repository of such examples. The repository would serve as a community resource to promote best data management practices, but also serve larger goals of effecting change in cultures around research data. Responding to this need, the UK Digital Curation Centre and the RDA Engagement Interest Group are launching a service to collect and organize stories about failures and successes in research data management, sharing, and re-use. This poster will describe our effort to date with launching this service. We will outline the framework for organizing the stories and our initiatives to collect them. We will also share preliminary results from the first round of story solicitations and highlight the challenges of making the stories useful. We hope that the poster will stimulate a discussion about education, engagement and outreach in social science data exchanges.

  • Implementing a data citation workflow within the State Politics and Policy Quarterly Journal
    Sophia Lafferty-Hess (University of North Carolina, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science)
    Thu-Mai Christian (University of North Carolina, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science)


    Journals are increasingly instituting data sharing policies to encourage replication and verification of research results. Workflows that support citing and archiving data alongside the publication of peer-reviewed articles can assist researchers in receiving scholarly acknowledgement for data products and ensure data are properly preserved. In this poster, we will summarize a project sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to implement a prototype data citation workflow within the State Politics and Policy Quarterly (SPPQ) journal publication workflow. The project developed a human-driven workflow to archive, share, and link underlying replication data to their associated scholarly publications. Through the development of the workflow, the project team examined some of the challenges and opportunities of integrating data archiving and sharing into existing publishing systems. This poster will present the prototype workflow and key lessons learned such as the importance of relationships and the challenge of working with multiple system.

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    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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