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Canadian Research Data Strategy Working Group Established

Research Data Strategy Working Group Established http ://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/media/press/rds_group_e.html, press release, August 12, 2008.

The research process generates huge amounts of data that are an important part of Canada's scholarly record and hold enormous potential as an additional discovery and problem-solving tool for researchers. Unfortunately, Canada has no nationally adopted standards or policies governing how this data is collected, catalogued, or preserved.

Research Data Strategy Working Group Established http ://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/media/press/rds_group_e.html, press release, August 12, 2008.

The research process generates huge amounts of data that are an important part of Canada's scholarly record and hold enormous potential as an additional discovery and problem-solving tool for researchers. Unfortunately, Canada has no nationally adopted standards or policies governing how this data is collected, catalogued, or preserved.

A new collaborative effort is now underway to address the challenges surrounding the access and preservation of this data. The Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group http://data-donnees.gc.ca/eng/members.html is a multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers with a shared recognition of the pressing need to deal with Canadian data management issues.

Together, the Working Group is focusing on the necessary actions, next steps and leadership roles that researchers and institutions can take to ensure Canada's research data is accessible and usable for current and future generations of researchers.

To support this effort, the Working Group has launched the Research Data Canada Web site http ://data-donnees.gc.ca/eng/index.html as a tool to communicate with the broader community and to facilitate communication within and between three task groups, which have been formed to explore issues related to policies, funding and research; infrastructure and services; and capacity (skills, training, and reward systems).

The RDS Working Group will be convening a consultation around these issues at a future date to gather input and develop an action plan.

new IQ

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 31 issue 1 - 2007) is now available on the web:

 

http://iassistdata.org/publications/iq/iqvol31.html

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 31 issue 1 - 2007) is now available on the web:

 

http://iassistdata.org/publications/iq/iqvol31.html

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IASSIST '08 Followup, Part 2: Restricted Data

Regardless of the institutional setting in which we work, more and more of us are having to address researcher access to restricted or confidential datasets.  This post focuses on sessions at Stanford that covered this important topic--or rather, group of topics because there are so many intersecting responsibilities to actually making such access a reality for our users. more...

The Petabyte Age

The June 23, 2008 issue of WIRED MAGAZINE (issue 16.07) has several stories about large datasets.

The Petabyte Age: Because More Isn't Just More -- More Is Different

IASSIST '08 Followup, Part 1: Try Aquifer!

Like everyone else, I've managed to catch up after being out of the office.  But IASSIST was worth every minute!  It was a pretty jampacked week, so I'm just getting around to blogging a few observations.

I allocated too few moments to visiting the poster sessions.  One that intrigued me was the Digital Library Federation's American Social History Online project, or Aquifer.  (Maybe it's the fact that I was a history major.)  Aquifer brings together fascinating resources from over 100 digital collections, all delivered right to your desktop: sheet music from the 19th century; a great photo of Teddy Roosevelt speaking to members of the National Negro Business League;  portraits of the Brooklyn Dodgers (remember them?);  a firsthand travel account of Scandinavia from 1863; U.S. political cartoons that make current caricatures look pretty tame.

Do check out Aquifer:  http://www.dlfaquifer.org/

Pam Baxter IASSIST U.S. Region Secretary

And so ends "The Best IASSIST ever"

And another conference has passed. It's so sad to think that it will be another year before we get together again but at least we can play virtually on our lists, this blog and maybe even in SecondLife! I'm still trying to round up more conference reports but in the meantime, here's the official conference song lyrics. Sing to the tune of The Band's song "The Weight" more...

Ready, Set, Go! IASSIST08 is in two worlds!

So I had the best intentions to blog the conference but alas I was distracted - creating my SecondLife avatar to be able to participate virtually as well as in reality was far more interesting than I want to admit!  My teenagers were appalled when they found out I was on Facebook - what will they say when I tell them about SusieQue!

 

Official Release of the Data Documentation Initiative 3.0

May 21, 2008 -- The Alliance for the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce the official release of Version 3.0 of the DDI XML specification for documenting social science data. This long awaited version of the DDI represents a major advance by fully incorporating XML Schemas and moving to a data life cycle approach. We thank all the members of the DDI working groups as well as DDI users who have volunteered their time and efforts over the past years to make this specification a reality. more...

Data Seal of Approval

Anyone who archives his or her data also would like them to be found, recognized and still usable in the future. That is not a matter of course with electronic data. After all, hardware and software are changing all the time. Making data future-proof can be accomplished by ensuring that data sets and metadata meet certain guidelines. In consultation with large data producers and managers, DANS laid down what those guidelines need to be in its 'Datakeurmerk', which will continue to be developed further.

Anyone who archives his or her data also would like them to be found, recognized and still usable in the future. That is not a matter of course with electronic data. After all, hardware and software are changing all the time. Making data future-proof can be accomplished by ensuring that data sets and metadata meet certain guidelines. In consultation with large data producers and managers, DANS laid down what those guidelines need to be in its 'Datakeurmerk', which will continue to be developed further.

The quality guidelines of this seal of approval for data are intended to ensure that in the future, research data can still be processed in a high-quality and reliable manner, without this entailing new thresholds, regulations or high costs. They may be of interest to research institutions, to organizations that archive data, and to users of those data. The document that lays down the quality guidelines of the 'Datakeurmerk', can be downloaded at: http://www.datasealofapproval.org

Contact DANS: Dr. Henk Harmsen henk.harmsen at dans.knaw.nl

With regards, Laurents Sesink

IASSIST 2008 Accommodations and Registration Reminder

Happy Earth Day to everyone!!

Hope your day is filled with loads of celebratory reducing, renewing, and recycling.

Registration for this year's IASSIST Conference (May 27-30): "Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation" is proceeding at a rumbling pace, and the five conference hotels have been filling with eager California-bound IASSISTers.
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