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A Modest Set of Proposals

The conference is on and I'm hoping to see lots of blog entries from the interesting sessions today. I'm expecting some details on session A1 from another contributor but.... I've been asked by Kristin Partlo to pass along the proposals she and Rachael Barlow outlined at the end of their presentation for further comment. So here they are! This part of the session was on social bookmarking using sites such as del.icio.us and furl.

RIN Consultation paper on stewardship of research data

The RIN (Research Information Network) has recently published a draft consultation paper - Stewardship of digital research data: a framework of principles and guidelines (April 2007) and are seeking feedback from practitioners.

The draft discusses the shared framework of principles and guidelines required for key stakeholders (researchers, research institutions, funding bodies, libraries, data managers, learned societies and publishers) in order to maximise the potential benefits of digital research data and to help ensure that ‘ideas and knowledge derived from publicly-funded research should be made available and accessible for public use, interrogation, and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as practicable.’

In addition to a collaborative approach the paper highlights the need to make explicit the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the research and research communications processes whilst remaining sensitive to: the needs of the researcher; the context in which the research is conducted; the requirements of different kinds of research data (words, numbers, pictures, sound); how the data were generated (purpose and process) and by whom.

RIN believes there are 5 principles reflecting the research data lifecycle which should be adopted by universities, colleges, research institutions and funding bodies, namely:

Roles and responsibilities – collaborative codes of practice

Standards and quality assurance – creation and collection in accordance with international standards

Access, usage and credit – easy to find and easy to use

Benefits and cost effectiveness – efficient data management and access

Preservation and sustainability – accessibility for current and future generations

To read the full draft paper visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/data-principles. Please send any comments to Stephane Goldstein (Stephane.goldstein@rin.ac.uk) by 29 June 2007.

- Stuart Macdonald

Google has acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software

A world in motion, The official Google Blog, March 16, 2007, by Marissa Mayer
In this regard, we are excited to announce that we have acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software, and we welcome the Trendalyzer team to Google. Trendalyzer generates moving graphics and other novel effects in the display of facts, figures, and statistics in presentations.

European Data Portal (CESSDA)

The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) redesigned web site is now online at http://www.cessda.org. In addition to the new layout, the site has several new features including the CESSDA Data Portal which allows easy access to the catalogues of member organisations. Other pages provide a central news forum about CESSDA activities, links to official documents, contact details and other relevant information. more...

More about "Many Eyes" data visualization

There is an interesting article by two of the creators of Many Eyes.

IBM's Many Eyes App After One Month by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda B.

Myron Gutmann discusses Data-PASS at Library of Congress

Preserving At-Risk Digital Social Science Data: The Data-PASS Project

This is a webcast of a presentation given on January 26, 2007 by Myron Gutmann at the Library of Congress on the Data-PASS (Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences) project . (Running Time: 60 minutes)

Myron P. Gutmann, professor of history and director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and the principal investigator of the Data-PASS partnership with the Library's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (www.digitalpreservation.gov), gives a briefing on how the project is acquiring and preserving at-risk digital opinion polls, voting records, large-scale surveys and other social science research data.

- jim jacobs

Another data-sharing, advanced visualization site

IBM has announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations.
As with swivel, users can upload any data set, but the tools for visualizing and graphing the data are much richer. The visualization options include US and World maps, line graphs, stack graphs, bar charts, block histograms, bubble diagrams, scatter plots, network diagrams, pie charts, and treemaps.

Data Video at Gapminder

At Gapminder there is a link to a video of Hans Rosling's TED Talk Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA. Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life.

The video is definitely worth watching!

More on Open Data

Bill Hooker has written a nice article about ensuring that the data behind published scientific literature are made openly available.

Where are the data? Can I have them? What can I do with them? (17 Dec, 2006).

He takes a practical approach based on the perspective of a researcher.
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