Data-related Advocacy

Integrating Data Literacy into Library and Information Science (LIS) Curriculum

By LHorton 2

January 16, 2020

IASSIST’s Africa Regional Secretary Ms. Winny Nekesa Akullo and Prof. Constant Obura-Okello report on a data workshop at Makerere University, Kampala. If you’re looking to orginise a similar regional or national data event, the IASSIST 2020 Event Sponsorship Proposals call is open until 26 January 2020. IASSIST’s Membership Committee’s event sponsorship program recently sponsored a one day workshop on Integrating Data Literacy into Library and Information Science (LIS) Curriculum. The workshop aimed at bringing academicians in the field of library and information science to discuss how data literacy can be integrated in the LIS curriculum so as to have trained library professionals who are able to provide data literacy skills to their patrons.

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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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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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“You can’t have a democratic society, without having a good data base.”

By plackie@carleton.edu

April 9, 2015

Janet L. Norwood, former US Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner, dies On the passing of this iconic defender of the neutrality of public data, I am struck how important Janet Norwood was to establishing a sound path for data advocacy as well as reminded of how necessary it is to have continuous education about this topic. In fact, swimming in ready-access to data as we are today, it’s especially important that we, as data professionals, remain alert to and defend a couple of aphorisms:

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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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IASSIST Fellows 2014

By l.martinez-uribe

April 10, 2014

The IASSIST Fellows Committee is glad to announce through this post the four recipients of the 2014 IASSIST Fellowship award. We are extremely excited to have such a diverse and interesting group with different backgrounds and experience and encourage IASSISTers to welcome them at our conference in Toronto, Canada. Please find below their names, countries and brief bios: Antonin Benoit, Head Librarian at the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning.

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White Paper Urges New Approaches to Assure Access to Scientific Data

Press release posted on behalf of Mark Thompson-Kolar, ICPSR. 12/12/2013: (Ann Arbor, MI)—More than two dozen data repositories serving the social, natural, and physical sciences today released a white paper recommending new approaches to funding sharing and preservation of scientific data. The document emphasizes the need for sustainable funding of domain repositories—data archives with ties to specific scientific communities. “Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data: A White Paper,” is an outcome of a meeting convened June 24-25, 2013, in Ann Arbor.

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Scientific Data Repositories Issue Call for Change on Funding Models for Data Archives

For Immediate Release September 16, 2013 Contact: Mark Thompson-Kolar, 734-615-7904 mdmtk@umich.edu (Ann Arbor, MI) — Representatives of 25 organizations that archive scientific data today released a Call for Action urging the creation of sustainable funding streams for domain repositories — data archives with close ties to scientific communities. The document was developed after a meeting of data repositories across the social and natural sciences June 24-25, 2013, in Ann Arbor. The meeting was organized by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and supported by the Alfred P.

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IASSIST Fellows 2013

By l.martinez-uribe

May 6, 2013

The IASSIST Fellows Committee is glad to announce through this post the six recipients of the 2013 IASSIST Fellowship award. We are extremely excited to have such a diverse and interesting group with different backgrounds and experience and encourage IASSISTers to welcome them at our conference in Cologne, Germany. Please find below their names, countries and brief bios: **Chifundo Kanjala (Tanzania) ** Chifundo currently works as a Data Manager and data documentalist for an HIV research group called ALPHA network based at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s department of Population Health, Chifundo spends most of his time in Mwanza, Tanzania but do travel from time around Southern and Eastern Africa to work with colleagues in the ALPHA network.

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IASSISTers and librarians are doin' it for themselves

By robin

April 2, 2013

Hey IASSISTers (gents, pardon for the video pun - couldnt’ resist), Are librarians at your institutions struggling to get up to speed with research data management (RDM)? If they’re not, they probably should be. Library organisations are publishing reports and issuing recommendations left and right, such as the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2012 report, “Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management” (PDF). Just last week Nature published an article highlighting what the Great and the Good are doing in this area: Publishing Frontiers: The Library Reboot.

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