Data Access & Open Data

The Challenge of Rescuing Data: Lessons and Thoughts

By ABattista

May 15, 2017

A version of this post originally appeared on the NYU Data Dispatch blog. Data rescue efforts began in January 2017, and over the past few months many institutions hosted hack-a-thon style events to scrape data and develop strategies for preservation. The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) developed a data rescue toolkit, which apportioned the challenge of saving data by distinct federal agency. We’ve had a number of conversations at NYU and with other members of the library community about the implications of preserving federal data and providing access to it.

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IASSIST Quarterly (IQ) volume 40-2 is now on the website: Revolution in the air

By mhayslett

February 27, 2017

Welcome to the second issue of Volume 40 of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ 40:2, 2016). We present three papers in this issue. https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/issue/view/105 First, there are two papers on the Data Documentation Initiative that have their own special introduction. I want to express my respect and gratitude to Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences). Joachim (Achim) and Mary Vardigan (University of Michigan) have several times and for many years communicated to and advised the readers of the IASSIST Quarterly on the continuing development of the DDI.

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IASSIST's Statement in Response to President’s Executive Order on Visas and Immigration

By t.alatera

February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017 Statement of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST at http://iassistdata.org) in response to President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order on Visas and Immigration, titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”. The recent executive order on visas and immigration issued on January 27th by US President Trump is of grave concern to IASSIST as an organization. IASSIST, the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology, is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology, libraries, data services and research & higher education to support open science, advocate for responsible data management and use, build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals.

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IQ 40:1 Now Available!

By mhayslett

September 20, 2016

Our World and all the Local Worlds Welcome to the first issue of Volume 40 of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ 40:1, 2016). We present four papers in this issue. The first paper presents data from our very own world, extracted from papers published in the IQ through four decades. What is published in the IQ is often limited in geographical scope and in this issue the other three papers present investigations and project research carried out at New York University, Purdue University, and the Federal Reserve System.

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IASSIST 2016 Program At-A-Glance, Part 2: Data infrastructure, data processing and research data management

By ESmith

May 6, 2016

Here’s another list of highlights from IASSIST2016 which is focusing on the data revolution. For previous highlights, see here. Infrastructure For those of you with an interest in technical infrastructure, the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur will showcase an early protype MMRepo (1 June, 3F), whose function is to store qualitative and quantitative data into one big data repository. The UK Data Service will present the following panel “The CESSDA Technical Framework - what is it and why is it needed?

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Interested in the “data revolution” and what it means for research? Here’s why you should attend IASSIST2016

By ESmith

May 3, 2016

Part 1: Data sharing, new data sources and data protection IASSIST is an international organisation of information technology and data services professionals which aims to provide support to research and teaching in the social sciences. It has over 300 members ranging from data archive staff and librarians to statistical agencies, government departments and non-profit organisations. The theme of this year’s conference is “Embracing the ‘data revolution’: opportunities and challenges for research” and it is the 42nd of its kind, taking place every year.

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Latest Issue of IQ Available! Data Documentation Initiative - Results, Tools, and Further Initiatives

By mhayslett

March 24, 2016

Welcome to thethird issue of Volume 39 of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ 39:3, 2015). This special issue is guest edited by Joachim Wackerow of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Germany and Mary Vardigan of ICPSR at the University of Michigan, USA. That sentence is a direct plagiarism from the editor’s notes of the recent double issue (IQ 38:4 & 39:1). We are very grateful for all the work Mary and Achim have carried out and are developing further in the continuing story of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), and for their efforts in presenting the work here in the ASSIST Quarterly.

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IQ double issue 38(4)/39(1) is up, and so is vol 39(2)!

By mhayslett

December 11, 2015

Hi folks! A lovely gift for your reading pleasure over the holidays, we present two, yes, TWO issues of the IASSIST Quarterly. The first is the double issue, 38(4)/39(1) with guest editors, Joachim Wacherow of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Germany and Mary Vardigan of ICPSR at the University of Michigan, USA. This issue focuses on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and how it makes meta-analysis possible.

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Looking Back/Moving Forward - Reflections on the First Ten Years of Open Repositories

By t.alatera

July 3, 2015

Open Repositories conference celebrated its first decade by having four full days of exciting workshops, keynotes, sessions, 24/7 talks, and development track and repository interest group sessions in Indianapolis, USA. All the fun took place in the second week of June. The OR2015 conference was themed “Looking Back/Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads” and it brought over 400 repository developers and managers, librarians and library IT professionals, service providers and other experts to hot and humid Indy.

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A decade against decay: the 10th International Digital Curation Conference

By LHorton

February 17, 2015

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is now ten years old. On the evidence of its most recent conference, is in rude health and growing fast. IDCC is the first time IASSIST decided to formally support another organisational conference. I think it was a wise investment given the quality of plenaries, presentations, posters, and discussions. DCC already has available a number of blogs covering the substance of sessions, including an excellent summary by IASSIST web editor, Robin Rice.

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