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Conference Presentations 2014

  • IASSIST 2014-Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure, Toronto
    Host Institution: University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University

5P: Big Picture Metadata (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:San Cannon

  • DDI Handbook: Overview and examples of recommended best practices
    Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    This session introduces the DDI Handbook Project. Building upon previous efforts at various DDI workshops, the project will produce a collection of best practices on using DDI. These best practice descriptions will be modular with a homogeneous format, allowing reorganization in multiple ways. The primary structure for the collection will be organized in alignment with the DDI Lifecycle. A goal will be to involve the DDI community in producing a shared body of resources for all organizations and individuals using the DDI specification. Best practices will be reviewed by a team of editors and reviewers and published on a dedicated website. The presentation will describe the overall project and some of the specific best practices which will appear in the initial collection. These will include guidelines for archives introducing DDI into their workflow and other institutions already using DDI Codebook and shifting some of their workflow to DDI Lifecycle. Another area will be utilizing DDI for data discovery.


5Q: Community Source meets Open Source (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:Carla Graeber

  • Community source meets open source: An inspired approach to collaborative funding
    Carla Graebner (Simon Fraser University)
    Allen Bell (University of British Columbia)
    Alex Garnett (Simon Fraser University)
    Geoff Harder (University of Alberta)


    The University of British Columbia Library, The University of Alberta Library, and Simon Fraser University Library are collaborating with a local open-source developer of Digital Collections and Archival software platforms in order to meet their respective needs for new digital repository initiatives at all three sites. The projects present an intersection of both open and community source development Although each institution has some local development expertise to take full advantage of open-source software, the collaboration remains novel in respect to the funding model allowing each institution to contribute their own site-specific requirements and benefit from the resulting common architecture. The partners will discuss their experiences and expected outcome from this collaboration, touching briefly on their own implementation plans. Simon Fraser University is developing a Research Data Repository (RaDar), The University of British Columbia is creating a digital preservation program which includes integration with cIRcle and the University of Alberta continues to develop the Canadian Polar Data Network along with other collaborations.


5R: Innovative Approaches to Promoting Transparency in Research (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:Mary Vardigan

  • Data access and research transparency in political science
    Colin Elman (Syracuse University)


    In a range of academic disciplines, including the social sciences, research transparency is increasingly being seen as an indispensable element of credible inquiry and rigorous analysis, and hence essential to making and demonstrating scientific progress. As a part of this movement, the American Political Science Association (APSA) assembled a Data Access and Research Transparency Ad Hoc Committee and tasked it with developing standards to encourage openness in the discipline. DA-RT standards call on political scientists to show the information underpinning evidence-based claims, describe how that evidence was collected (if a scholar collected it him/herself), and demonstrate how that evidence supports empirical claims and conclusions. Of course, the discipline of political science includes diverse research traditions with very different views on how social inquiry is best conducted, and its commitment to transparency is not unique to one episteme. Accordingly, it was understood from the outset that DA-RT cannot be a one-size-fits-all proposition: while APSA’s new standards apply across the research traditions, those traditions will instantiate APSA’s new standards differently. In order to begin the conversation about how to do so, APSA authorized the DA-RT Ad Hoc Committee to develop more fine grained guidance for DA-RT in different research traditions. These draft guidelines, it is hoped, will serve as a jumping-off point for rich and fruitful discussions about the practices and promise of research transparency in the discipline.

  • Badges to acknowledge open practices
    Andrew Sallans (Centre for Open Science)


    Openness is a core value of scientific practice. There is no central authority determining the validity of scientific claims. Accumulation of scientific knowledge proceeds via open communication with the community. Sharing evidence for scientific claims facilitates critique, extension, and application. Despite the importance of open communication for scientific progress, present norms do not provide strong incentives for individual researchers to share data, materials, or their research process. As an example, journals can provide such incentives by acknowledging open practices with badges in publications. Badges do not define good practice; badges certify that a particular practice was followed. This talk will introduce this strategy and the initial three open practices badges specified by the committee of open science community members: Open Data, Open Materials, and Preregistration. It will also include examples of implementation and community reaction.

  • Data publishing while preserving data privacy
    Merce Crosas (Harvard University)


    Over the last decade, the Data Science team at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science has been iteratively developing Dataverse, a data repository framework to facilitate and enhance research transparency through data sharing, preservation, citation, reuse and analysis. During the last two years, the group has implemented extensible data publishing workflows and effective ways to link articles to data. This talk will focus on the latest data publishing workflows and data publishing for sensitive data.


5S: RDM Tools and Services (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:Carly Strasser

  • UC3: Developing tools and services for the data life cycle
    Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)
    Carly Strasser (California Digital Library)
  • DMPTool 2.0: Expanded functionality to create better data management plans
    Marisa Strong (California Digital Library)
    Carly Strasser (California Digital Library)
  • DataShare: data curation platform for the Merritt Repository and beyond
    Carly Strasser (California Digital Library)
  • DataUp 2.0: Improving documentation and archiving of tabular datasets
    Susan Borda (University of California Merced)

Pecha Kuchas (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:Amber Leahey

  • A playbook on obtaining funding to archive a prominent longitudinal study
    Chiu-chuang Chou (University of Wisconsin. Center for Demography of Health and Aging)


    The Center for Demography on Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently received a small research grant (R03AG045503) from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to archive three waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH). This project will evaluate, organize and prepare all public-use data and documentation files from the NSFH project website ( for archiving in publicly-accessible archives. I will share our experience in writing grant proposals and the evaluation procedure on R03 grant proposals at NIA. Methods and specific aims for this project will be described as well.

  • 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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