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UNdata, UN Common Database and UN COMTRADE

I took a long look at UNData the other day and came away thinking "pretty; looks functional; how does it relate to other UN products, esp. the ones we're paying for". I sent those questions to the feedback address and Mr. Zoltan Nagy responded with the following helpful information. Thought I'd share in case others had the same questions... more...

Data curation, institutional repositories and e-Research

Luis Martinez-Uribe, Digital Repositories Research Co-ordinator, is based at the Oxford e-Research Centre and will be conducting a scoping study to capture researcher's needs for repository services to manage, curate, preserve and disseminate research data generated in Oxford.

A new blog (http://oxdrrc.blogspot.com/) has been set-up to record the progress of the project while disseminating outputs and information about relevant activities. If you are interested in following the progress of this project you can subscribe to the RSS feed (http://oxdrrc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default)

posted for Luis by Robin Rice

Upcoming ODaF meetings in Europe and US

The Open Data Foundation is pleased to announce that an ODaF Europe 2008 meeting will take place at the UK Data Archive on April 14-15. This regional event is open to all members as well as individuals and agencies interested to learn more about ODaF or to share ideas. For further information and registration, see http://www.opendatafoundation.org/events/odaf_europe_2008.php more...

DDI, institutional repositories, and numeric data mashups

Announcing new deliverables from the DISC-UK DataShare project:

Both briefing papers can be retrieved from http://www.disc-uk.org/deliverables.html .

There is also a new "Collective Intelligence" page with a tag cloud to links from our social bookmarks of reports, websites, and blogs related to the project themes. http://www.disc-uk.org/collective.html

A newsfeed of deliverables and new bookmarks is available from the project blog at http://jisc-datashare.blogspot.com/

Contributed by Robin Rice

More on polling cellphone users

Cellphone Numbers Just Don't Add Much To Political Polling, By Carl Bialik, Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2008.

Should Americans Be Able to Complete the Census Online?

Using examples from Canada, Norway, and Australia, this report recommends that the U.S Census Bureau provide an online data collection option for all major household surveys that allow a paper response including the Census and promote the Internet survey response option as a secure, low-cost, and time-saving option.
Given the increasingly digita

Two new developments announced at the beginning of 2008 on which to keep an eye

First, on January 18th, an announcement was made on blog.wired.com that Google will be hosting terabytes of science data.
Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com , will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.

"Data files should contain data."

For those tech-types who do their own data munging, here's a rant from Mark Dominus, a Perl programming wizard who was briefly stymied by trying to process a large data file from Census. As we face these issues daily in my office, I thought I'd share the frustration!

Of course, he doesn't mention where he thinks metadata "should" go but I have a pretty good idea what he would suggest.... ;-)

Connecting the Real to the Representational: Historical Demographic Data in the Town of Pullman, 1880-1940

by Andrew H. Bullen

The Pullman House History Project is a part of the Pullman State Historic Site’s virtual museum and web site (http://www.pullman-museum.org/) which links together census, city directory, and telephone directory information to describe the people who lived in the town of Pullman, Illinois between 1881 and 1940. This demographic data is linked through a database/XML record system to online maps and Perl programs that allow the data to be represented in various useful combinations.

And we're off.... IASSIST 2008 gets ready to roll!

Now I start to fulfill my previous promise to completely and totally abuse my roll as managing editor of the IASSIST Communique to assist me in my roll as Program Chair of IASSIST 2008! I just want to let everyone know that we are off to a booming start. The submission deadline, although a full month earlier than in previous years, has provided a bumper crop of proposals! It seems that we're all technologists (geeks?) at heart and the theme for this year's conference has provided a spotlight for this! more...

  • 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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  • Resources

    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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