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Conference Presentations 2017

  • IASSIST 2017-IASSIST 2017 – Data in the Middle: The common language of research, Lawrence
    Host Institution: University of Kansas

C1: Data, the Common Language with Different Dialects: Views of Data from Outside of the Social Sciences (Wed, 2017-05-24)
Chair:Larry Hoyle

  • Data and metadata standards for biodiversity inventory, modeling, and analysis: Darwin Core and EML
    James Beach (University of Kansas)
  • Humanities & linguistics data standards: State of the art & challenges
    Arienne Dwyer (University of Kansas)
  • Clinical integrated data repositories and observations regarding data sharing and national collaboration
    Russ Waitman (University of Kansas)

C2: Data Rescue (Wed, 2017-05-24)
Chair:Karen Hogenboom

  • Accessing historical Canadian census boundaries just got a whole lot easier! A journey in data migration and cross-institutional collaboration
    Amber Leahey (Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries)


    Finding and mapping Canadian historical census data can be a little difficult. This presentation will discuss the project to migrate older spatial boundary data, gather digital data from across libraries and institutions in Canada, and publish decades worth of census boundaries to a central spatial data portal, Scholars GeoPortal (, for open access. Future work will also be discussed including digitization and georeferencing of "lost" census years and boundaries.

  • Documenting data rescue. The Ontario Data Community Data Rescue Group and the Data Rescue & Curation Guide for Data Rescuers
    Kristi Thompson (University of Windsor)
    Leanne Trimble (University of Toronto)
    Alexandra Cooper (Queen's University)


    This presentation will describe the efforts of a group of Ontario data professionals to rescue a collection of Government of Canada survey data files, and will present the guide to data rescue and curation that grew out of their efforts. This group, representing several different institutions, initially came together on a project to rescue various historically important Government of Canada survey data files that were only available in states ranging from unusable to incomprehensible. As the project progressed the members documented the steps they were taking to come up with a streamlined procedure.

    This internal document that began as a set of guidelines for working with a relatively uniform set of surveys grew as the project expanded into a detailed guide to data rescue. This presentation will give an overview of the project and data collections involved, describe the group’s work with government staff to obtain necessary files and educate them on data curation, review the work undertaken to rescue a single survey, and present the Ontario Data Community Data Rescue Group’s Data Rescue & Curation Guide for Data Rescuers.

C3: Ethical Sharing & Management of Data (Wed, 2017-05-24)
Chair:Michael Beckstrand

  • Restricted Data Contracts: Current and Future Directions
    Lisa Broniszewski (Penn State Population Research Institute)
    Lisa Neidert (University of Michigan Population Research Center)
    Jennifer Darragh (Duke University)
    Loren Masters (Penn State Methodology Center)


    Contracts for access to restricted data are a growing need for researchers in multiple disciplines. This panel will begin with a discussion of common restricted data contract components such as Data Use Agreement terms, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Data Protection/Security Plans. We will present current and future directions in these three areas and, time permitting, spend some time discussing issues that attendees have experienced. This panel discussion will benefit those who are new to restricted data contracts – helping provide the common ground and language needed to build relationships at your institution, as well as giving those who have experience working with these contracts a platform to express their sticky points so we can determine how we might be able to help one another.

    Lisa Neidert, University of Michigan Population Research Center, has over 20 years of experience working with data use agreement terms and conditions. Loren Masters, Penn State Methodology Center, has assisted researchers in the public health field with their contracted data as well as IRBs associated with their projects. Jen Darragh, Senior Research Data Management Consultant with Duke University Libraries has many years of experience working with researchers from various institutions and disciplines in navigating data protection plans associated with restricted data contracts.

  • Whose data ethics do you mean? Building common language with RCR
    Nina Exner (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University)


    Do some researchers seem confused about data ethics? They may be getting contradictory messages! Data management usually focuses on the data lifecycle. But there is another campus perspective on managing data. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) ethics compliance professionals have a different view on data management. Data management perspectives come from data usability and re-usability. The RCR perspective draws from government ethics regulations such as human subjects/IRB guidelines and other ethical protocols. Even though views of data ethics inform lifecycle data management, when the two points of view get to details they have very different perspectives.

    This presentation will share what happens when scholarly communications and RCR  professionals realize they have these very different ideas of what data management means. If you come to this session, you’ll learn how we harmonized the two views to build a local partnership around our common language of ethics and data. The shared understanding we built underpins our shared "ethical management of data" workshop. The harmonized workshop lets us have double the reach as we co-teach to audiences whether they are interested in ethics or data.

C4: Standards Based DDI Tools (Wed, 2017-05-24)
Chair:Sam Spencer

  • No tools, No standard. An introduction to standards based tools
    Johan Fihn (Swedish National Data Service)


    The acceptance and adoption of a standard like for instance DDI highly depends on the availability of software tools to use it. In this session we like to give you an introduction to work done on tools facilitating use of standards and present you a selection of these. 

  • Efficient and flexible DDI handling for the development of multiple applications
    Oliver Hopt (GESIS)
    Claus-Peter Klas (GESIS)
    Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen (GESIS)
    Alexander Mühlbauer (GESIS)


    The current usage of DDI is heterogeneous. It varies over different versions of DDI, different grouping, and unequal interpretation of elements. Therefore provider of services based on DDI implement complex database models for each developed application, resulting in high costs and application specific and non-reusable models. 

Posters (Wed, 2017-05-24)
Chair:Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

  • Continuum of Statistics Canada’s Microdata Data Access Services
    Chantal Ripp (Statistics Canada)


    Statistics Canada recognizes that sometimes researchers require access not only to aggregate statistics, but also to microdata at the individual business, household or person level. In order to preserve the privacy and confidentiality of respondents while at the same time encouraging the use of microdata, a range of data access options are offered by Statistics Canada.  This poster session will present the continuum of microdata access services, including access to public use microdata files (Data Liberation Initiative and Access to Public Use Microdata Files Collection), direct access to detailed microdata in a secure physical environment (Research Data Centres and the Centre for Data Development and Economic Research) and remote access solutions (Real Time Remote Access system).

  • 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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