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Conference Presentations 2015

  • IASSIST 2015-Bridging the data divide: Data in the international context, Minneapolis
    Host Institution: University of Minnesota

F5: Using data management plans as a research tool for improving data services in academic libraries (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Amanda Whitmire

  • Applying the dart rubric to inform Georgia Tech RDM service development
    Lizzy Rolando (Oregon State University)

G1: DDI moving forward: Progress on a new model-based DDI (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Steven McEachern

  • DDI Moving Forward: Progress on a new model-based DDI
    Arofan Gregory ()
    Joachim Wackerow (GESIS: Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Wendy Thomas (University of Minnesota)
    Barry Radler (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
    Dan Gillman ()
    Mary Vardigan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR))


    The future development of the DDI metadata standard will be based on an information model. This is a common strategy for standards development and it offers several benefits, including improved communication with other disciplines and standards, flexibility in terms of technical expressions of the model, and streamlined development and maintenance. This new model for DDI is being developed through the project "DDI Moving Forward", running from 2013 through 2015. Virtual teams from around the globe have been developing the model content, technical production systems and documentation, complemented by a series of face to face sprints. The purpose of this session will be to provide an overview of the current state of the Forward project. The session will include: - an introduction to the project, including the organisation of the modelling framework, bindings and production process. - an overview of the major content areas developed so far, including Conceptual objects, Data Description, Data Capture (for surveys and other measurement instruments), a Simple Codebook, Discovery, - The proposed new DDI process model, and - An overview of future activities for the Moving Forward project. The session will conclude with an open panel discussion with presenters and the audience in a question and answer format.

G2: Planning research data management services (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:San Cannon

  • RDM meets Open Access
    Katherine McNeill (MIT)


    One method to reduce the digital divide internationally is to increase open access to data and publications for wider use. Many institutions work to help their researchers make their results publicly-accessible, but historically services enabling open access to data vs. publications often have been provided separately. What synergies exist between institutional services for research data management and those for scholarly publishing/open access to publications? How do issues coincide or differ when providing open access to data vs. publications? How might universities address open access in a more holistic manner and unify outreach to researchers? This presentation will describe new efforts in the MIT Libraries of formal collaborations between the groups which provide services for research data management and those for scholarly publishing. Discussions will cover collaborations in areas such as: strategic planning, supporting compliance with funder requirements for open access to data and publications, outreach, repository services, linking data and publications, organizational models, and more.

  • Partnerships in a Data Management Village: Exploring how research and library services can work together
    Alicia Hofelich Mohr (University of Minnesota)
    Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)
    Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota)


    Providing data management services is a task that takes a village; a distributed model of support, involving collaboration among diverse institutional offices, is needed to do it well. Researchers especially benefit when specialized institutional support offices are aware of other relevant providers and the impact their services have on the management of data across the research lifecycle. However, once a village is assembled, how do we work with members to be committed collaborators, rather than a passive referral network? In this presentation, we will describe a case study of our in-depth collaboration between the University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota. Both groups are developing new suites of data management services to meet evolving researcher needs and rising demands for data management support. Working together has provided many advantages for sharing resources and knowledge, but also has presented challenges, including how to define the respective roles of college-level and university-wide data management services, and how formalized collaborations may work. We will describe these challenges and how the collective and complementary skills of our offices will provide researchers with support across much larger portions of the research lifecycle than either office could provide alone.

  • Data management on a shoestring budget
    Carol Perry (University of Guelph)


    Providing data management services at a university with limited resources can be a daunting challenge. With a little ingenuity, a fairly comprehensive data service can be established scaled to the available resources. At the University of Guelph we have utilized resources and expertise available through the greater data community to build our service over a four year period. Now, as we await the Canadian Tri-Council [Granting] Agencies' new open access policy to be implemented, the service we have built will be put to the test in earnest as researchers prepare for new data management planning requirements. This presentation will review the processes and practices we established as we built our service from scratch. We will address the challenges and the successes encountered along the way and examine the challenges we face moving forward.


G3: Building data capacity internationally through repository management training and collaboration (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:George Alter

  • Building data capacity internationally through repository management training and collaboration
    George Alter (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Lynn Woolfrey (DataFirst)
    Samuel Kobina Annim (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
    Willliam Block (Cornell University)


    Research organizations and universities across the globe show increasing desire to disseminate and archive research data, although they often lack the training and resources to begin. This session will present case studies in training and collaboration between archives (the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)) and African universities (the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), IFORD (Cameroon)). Experiences from the case studies point to the need to understand the country context and sequence of needs in relation to resources.

  • Building data capacityin African countries
    Lynn Woolfrey (Data First, Universityof Cape Town)

G4: The benefits of remote data processing: A comparison and look into the future (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:David Schiller

  • The benefits of remote data processing: a comparison and look into the future
    Donna Dosman (Statistics Canada)
    David Price (Statistics Canada)
    Atle Alvheim (Norwegian Social Science Data Services)
    Ornulf Risnes (Norwegian Social Science Data Services)
    Amadou Gaye (University of Bristol)
    Vincent Ferretti (Ontario Institute of Cancer Research)


    Within this session four remote data processing systems are presented. Thereby different benefits, depending on the regarding implementation, of such solutions are highlighted. Finally possible developments will be discussed. The presented systems are: The job submission system of the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) that provides access to highly detailed labour market data. RAIRD, a web-based system for confidential research on full population event data from a set of Norwegian administrative registers. The RAIRD platform supports on-the-fly import (and conversion) of event data into a disclosure-limiting web based statistical package for remote data processing and analysis. The Real Time Remote Access program at Statistics Canada which uses technology to enable fast, on-line access to detailed microdata for researchers through a balance of controlling the risk of disclosure (automation of confidentiality rules) and managing the risk of disclosure (contracts with individuals and institutions). DataSHIELD a novel solution that allows for an analyst to perform pooled analyses of data held at different locations without ever seeing the microdata or transferring them to his computer (i.e. the data remain at their original location under the control of the data owner).

G5: Dataverse: A repository framework for all (Fri, 2015-06-05)
Chair:Sonia Barbosa

  • Odum Institute Archives services overview
    Jonathan Crabtree (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Odum Institute for Research in Social Science)
  • Linking journals and repositories using OJS and Dataverse
    Alex Garnett (Simon Fraser University)
  • 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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