Reports & Studies

Qualitative Social Science and Humanities Data Interest Group (QSSHDIG)

By lyndamk

May 31, 2018

The Qualitative Social Science and Humanities Data Interest Group (QSSHDIG) had another great year. We would love to have you join us if you are interested in our group. Just ask Mandy or Lynda. At IASSIST 2017 we had social gathering and a BoF meeting to brainstorm activities for upcoming year. You can read our notes from the discussion on our website. A subgroup posted afour-part blog series in late July/early August of 2017.

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Special Issue of International Journal of Librarianship: Data Librarianship

By robin

July 30, 2017

[Posted on behalf of Kristi Thompson] The special issue of the International Journal of Librarianship on Data Librarianship I guest edited has been published. One feature in particular that might be of interest to IASSISTers is an article in which we interviewed a number of people who had prominent and interesting careers in the field and asked them to share their thoughts on how data services have changes over the course of their careers, as well as advice for newbies.

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IASSIST Geospatial Interest Group 2017 Report

By informjennifer

May 16, 2017

2016-2017 Report on the IASSIST Geospatial Interest Group The group was founded in the Spring/Summer of 2016 and met at the 2016 Bergen conference. The central purpose of the IASSIST Geospatial Interest Group is to create a network for members focused on issues of geospatial data as related to the social sciences. The current chair is Jennifer Moore (Washington University in St. Louis) At the meeting in Bergen (review notes) we discussed the merits of an IASSIST geospatial interest group in relation to existing groups (e.

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Share Your Story: Case Studies of Data Reuse

By SWright

February 23, 2016

Late last year, a colleague at Innovations for Poverty Action, Stephanie Wykstra, and I started having conversations about reuse of open data and what we do and don’t know about the re-use of existing data sets, particularly which data sets and how they are used. We are also interested in the specific challenges researchers face as they try to re-use data sets collected for other research purposes. Stephanie and I would like to start filling this gap so we are putting out a call for case studies.

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Version 4, Research Data Curation Bibliography & the IQ

Another reason to write for the IQ: you might get yourself into Charles Bailey’s prestigious bibliography, at I’m pleased to see no less than 7 IQ articles in the latest version. I didn’t count IASSISTers who published elsewhere but several of those were in the list as well. Research Data Curation Bibliography Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Houston: Digital Scholarship Version 4: 6/23/2014 Altman, Micah, and Mercè Crosas. “The Evolution of Data Citation: From Principles to Implementation” IASSIST Quarterly 37, no.

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IASSIST SIGDMC Annual Report 2013-2014

By SKramer

May 30, 2014

By Carol Perry & Stefan Kramer, co-chairs Last updated: 2014-05-29 by CP The major activity of the Data Management & Curation Interest Group (SIGDMC) in the last year was the conceptualization, organization, submission, and offering of the June 2, 2014, morning workshop Data Management & Curation: Lessons from Government, Academia, and Research. It features seven invited presenters, and session and breakout group moderators from the SIGDMC membership, which also provided input on the breakout group topics.

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IASSIST Africa Regional Report 2013-2014

By H.L. Woolfrey

May 16, 2014

Freeing African Data Two regional developments have the potential to get African government data into the public domain. Putting their disaggregated data out there can benefit African governance through ensuring transparency and allowing feedback from policy analysis to support better government planning. The World Bank’s Central microdata catalog has been around since 2012 and continues to expand its listing of data sources. This is currently the only comprehensive online source for microdata produced by African official data producers, as a listing of country datasets is not available on most African government websites.

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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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Teaching integrity in empirical research: a soup to nuts protocol

By h.dekker

August 16, 2012

Great work by Richard Ball, an Economics professor at Haverford College and Norm Medeiros, a Haverford librarian. I’m already planning to incorporate their protocol into my formal and informal data literacy instruction. I highly recommend a visit to their website: Teaching integrity in empirical research: a soup to nuts protocol They’ve also published a paper on their work. Here’s the abstract: This article describes a protocol the authors developed for teaching undergraduates to document their statistical analyses for empirical research projects so that their results are completely reproducible and verifiable.

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Results of Data Management Plan Poll

By h.dekker

March 20, 2012

Those members who follow IASST-L may recall that about a month ago I launched an informal poll to find out whether or not your data management plan services include reading and reviewing draft plans. I had a total of 22 respondents with the following results: Does your data management plan service include reading and reviewing draft plans? 18% (4) - Yes, as a matter of policy. 36% (8) - Not a policy, but I have reviewed them in the past.

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