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Conference Presentations 2007

  • IASSIST 2007-Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, Montreal, Canada
    Host Institution: McGill University

E1: Government Data in Legacy Formats: Approaches in Ensuring Access and Preservation (Thu, 2007-05-17)
Chair:Tess Trost, Texas Tech University

  • Ensuing Long-Term Access to Government Documents Through Virtualization
    Geoffrey Brown (Indiana University)


    A partnership has been formed between Indiana University Bloomington and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to make the documents distributed to federal depository libraries on floppy disks available on the Internet. In a pilot study for this project, the CIC floppy disk project (FDP), I have developed an emulation infrastructure to enable access to these documents. I will discuss the technical issues addressed and the results of this pilot study. In addition, I will discuss the immediate issues of providing network access to the digital archive of the GPO CD-ROMs.  For example, using many of these documents requires the ability to \"mount\" and \"execute\" a (networked) CD-ROM image.

  • Migrating Government Information from CD-ROMs: Scaling a Pilot Project
    Julie Linden (Yale University)
    Gretchen Gano (New York University Library)


    Government information originally distributed on CD-ROMs is now posing challenges for long-term access. In 2006, librarians at Yale University Library’s Government Documents & Information Center undertook a pilot project migrating sample CD content to a server. The librarians normalized file formats, produced multiple forms of metadata for the CD-ROMs, and documented the methodology, workflow, and costs of this work.

  • Virtual Machines in the Data Lab
    Harrison Dekker (UC Berkeley Library)


    This presentation will describe methods developed at U.C. Berkeley Library to allow an end-user to access a cd-rom image repository from a networked workstation and install applications in a controlled \"virtual machine\" environment. This approach provides an immediate solution to most of the problems associated with legacy software installation under a modern operating system.


E2: The CESSDA Experience: a Royal Mountain Road to Success (Thu, 2007-05-17)
Chair:Hans Jørgen Marker, Danish Data Archive

  • Strengthening the Infrastructure -CESSDA Incorporated (Sub-title: You Got to Have Friends)
    Ken Miller (U.K. Data Archives)


    The ambitious plans for the CESSDA portal require some essential strengthening of the existing infrastructure. A new project within the EU FP7 ESFRI roadmap research infrastructure programme will aim to do just that. Its objectives are to set in place the governance, legal, financial and management ground work and ground rules that are needed before the CESSDA future is possible.

  • Door of Perception - The CESSDA Portal (Sub-title: Break on Through to the Other Side)
    Mari Kleemola (Finnish Social Science Data Archive)


    This paper will provide an overview of the new CESSDA portal. Since the 1970s a major aim of the Council of Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) has been to improve researchers' and students' access to data. The long-awaited new portal is an important step towards that goal, providing a gateway to data materials and information about CESSDA. It enables users to locate datasets, questions and variables in datasets from all over Europe. This presentation will also describe the challenges of developing a website for multiple distributed organizations from varying cultures.

  • The Essence of theNet - CESSDA future (You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet)
    Vigdis Kvalheim (The Norwegian Social Science Data Services)


    The plans to expand the new CESSDA Portal are ambitious and exciting. These will create a one-stop shop for European data and associated resources both for researchers and archivists. The expansion of the CESSDA portal will allow the social scientific community to compare and link data from different locations; to connect to other experts and share analyses, experience and knowledge; to enforce confidentiality and intellectual property rights whilst still maintaining accuracy, security and open access to data sources; to preserve and maintain data collections over time; and to design new research instruments.


E3: Strength in Numbers: Building Collaborative Services for Users (Thu, 2007-05-17)
Chair:Diane Geraci, Harvard University

  • "The data is plentiful and easily available"- H. A. Gleason, Jr./Cross-Pollenization of Collections, Skills, and Service Philosophies among Data Archives and Libraries
    Elizabeth Stephenson (Institute for Social Science Research, UCLA)
    Kris Kasianovitz (Young Research Library, UCLA)


    Researchers, faculty, graduate and even undergraduates are working with statistical materials within many disciplines.  This creates a need for establishing collaborative partnerships among data archives and campus libraries, especially those serving social science and humanities. We will demonstrate our strategy for creating a data and statistical service for a research university environment which accommodates users with a wide range of statistical knowledge and needs. Discussion will include details on developing a multiple point of service/ access model for data and statistical resources, specifically covering: staff, organizational policy, varying levels of user needs and sophistication, and incorporating information and statistical literacy programs. The paper will discuss tools or methods that will enable campus departments to assess data and statistical resource needs and create a data/statistical services program that will meet immediate and long-term goals.

  • Please Use our Data
    Jane Fry (Carleton University, Ottawa)
    Monia Bergeron (D.L.I., Statistics Canada)


    At the outset of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), there were only 9 Data Centres in Canada with experienced staff.   A Training Module was developed in 1997 but it is now outdated. Today, there are over 70 Data Centres in Canada. The staff who manage them have varying job descriptions but the new generation, as well as those who have been there longer, need to be able to find information about DLI quickly for their clients, as well as for themselves. The DLI wants to inform its communities of the content of their holdings and then help them to access the data. And thus, the Compleat DLI Survival Kit was born.

    This presentation will give the background of the Compleat DLI Survival Kit and look at each of the chapters in some detail. And we will show how this tool will prove beneficial to all Canadian Data Centres and to other users of Statistics Canada data.

  • The World on a Plate: Making Data Digestible
    Nicholas Syrotiuk (ESDS International, University of Manchester)


    Intergovernmental data is delivered in many different formats and this is a major barrier to use.  Data aggregators, national data services and data librarians all have a role in making data available on [the] web.  ESDS International hosts over 30 databases from many different intergovernmental agencies including the World Bank, IMF, UN, IEA and OECD.  We deliver the data through a single web interface, and this has proved a very successful strategy in the development of a new user community.  In this paper we describe the underlying structure of the international databanks and how the data is converted into Beyond 20/20 format and made available on the web; i.e. we describe our data-loading and quality assurance procedures, and integration with access management systems.  We also examine the role data librarians can play in liaising with software developers and data providers to create more intuitive and effective interfaces for our user communities.


E4: Prospects for DDI - What the Evidence and Experience Tell Us (Thu, 2007-05-17)
Chair:Ron Nakao, Stanford University

  • New Frontiers: Can Panel Studies Go DDI? First Experiences in documenting the German Socio-Economic Panel Study with DDI 3.0
    Jan Goebel (DIW Berlin / SOEP)
    Joachim Wackerow (GESIS/ZUMA (Centre for Survey Research and Methodology))


    DDI Version 3.0 provides new features to document more complex studies, like collections of datasets and their relationship between themselves. The presentation will focus on the documentation of the central structure of German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), especially the linkage between the panel waves and the household/person relationship. The application of DDI 3.0 will be illustrated by selected documentation examples. As DDI 3.0 will be published in the first half of this year, this paper can only be a report on the early attempt to document complex panel studies like SOEP with DDI 3.0. The study we use is the German SOEP, a representative longitudinal study of private households in Germany which currently consists of more than 260 single datasets. It provides information on household level and on personal level over time. The Panel was started in 1984 in West Germany and was expanded as early as June 1990 to include the states of the former German Democratic Republic, even before the reunification. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health, and satisfaction indicators. The data are available to researchers in Germany and abroad.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
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