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Conference Presentations 2015

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

B2: Web archiving, audio visual and image collections (Wed, 2015-06-03)
Chair:Kristi Thompson

  • Web Archiving for Collection Development: Capturing Event Data on the Umbrella Movement
    Daniel Tsang (University of California, Irvine)

    [abstract]

    Bibliographers have been slow to recognize web archive as a function of collection development, beyond personnel in Special Collections (archiving university domain) or government documents (archiving government sites).  Yet as more and more data is generated online, including in the social sciences, it is timely to look at how web archiving can fit into a collection development policy and be part of a selector's duties. I assess existing collection development policies on web archiving in selected academic libraries and national institutions.  This presentation focuses on archiving web content relating to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement and asseses the complications of such an endeavor in collection development and what can actually be captured in a web crawl.  It evaluates the research value of such a collection while highlighting some key criteria for selecting sites to crawl. It discusses the issue of international crawling of sites in another country or region and the potential benefits and risks of such a project.  Finally it offers a case study of how social media can be captured and made accessible to researchers in years to come.

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B3: Systems and standards for metadata management (Wed, 2015-06-03)
Chair:Steven McEachern

  • Aristotle Metadata Registry - A New Contender for Government Metadata Management
    Samuel Spencer (National Health Performance Authority)

    [abstract]

    The ISO/IEC 11179 specification remains the gold standard in the definition of metadata registries. However, to date there have been relatively few open and conformant implementations. The AIHW METEoR metadata registry has a strong reputation as a leading, standards conformant and public facing registry for government metadata, however it growth has pushed it further than its original scope and technological base can support.  Based on the system architecture of METEoR, the Aristotle Metadata Registry is a rebuilt implementation that provides an free open-source, easy to install and scalable metadata registry. With an enterprise level search engine to improve discoverability, a thoroughly tested permissions suite that ensure security around of the publication of information, and rich authoring environment, Aristotle-MDR aspires to be the next in new phase of metadata registry.  The use of the Object-oriented principles of the Python-based Django web framework compliments the principle of extensibile metadata as described by the ISO/IEC 11179 standard. This design allows Aristotle-MDR to support the inclusion of third-party modules to provide additional metadata objects, including health indicators, datasets and questionnaires, as well a wide range of export formats such as Adobe PDFs and multiple versions of the Data Documentation Initiative XML format.

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  • RAIRD: Implementing GSIM for Norwegian Administrative Registers
    Arofan Gregory (Metadata Technology North America)
    Ornulf Rinses (NSD)

    [abstract]

    The Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM) is a conceptual model for describing statistical data and metadata, created by the UNECE's High Level Group. It is having a profound effect on standards such as DDI, and is being widely implemented by statistical agencies. One such implementation is the RAIRD project: a joint effort between the Norwegian Data Archive and the Norwegian Statistical Agency to provide online analysis tools for a huge set of Norwegian administrative data. Like many registers, much of the Norwegian data describes events ("event history data"), which is not well-described using traditional approaches such as those found in GSIM. The RAIRD project used it as the basis of a GSIM implementation, which involved extending and refining the GSIM model. This presentation shows how traditional data and metadata models can be extended to better describe administrative registers and the metadata needed by systems supporting their online analysis.

  • Metadata in Action: Driving TREC Survey Data Production and Dissemination
    Shane McChesney (Metadata Technology North America)

    [abstract]

    In the context of the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) survey, we have been collaborating with Knowledge Utilization Studies Program (KUSP), part of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, and NOORO Online Research, towards the establishment of a metadata driven platform for facilitating the production, dissemination, and analysis of the TREC2 survey data. The first wave of data collection is currently in progress. This presentation will demonstrate: (1) How metadata is leveraged to facilitate loading data into a MySql based data warehouse, enabling high performance access to all the survey program data. (2) Tools for exporting microdata subsets to statistical packages, in particular R, SAS, and SPSS, for computing/aggregating complex indicators or analysis by researchers (3) Bridging the platform with R-Shiny and R-Markdown, two open source products leveraging the R statistical platform, for the publication of data into dynamic web dashboards and the production reports .  This project is supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

B4: Increasing openness and connections throughout the scientific workflow (Wed, 2015-06-03)
Chair:Courtney Soderberg

  • Increasing Openness and Connections throughout the Scientific Workflow
    Courtney Soderberg (Center for Open Science)

    [abstract]

    We can improve scientific communication to increase efficiency in the accumulation of knowledge. This requires at least two changes to the present culture.  One change is conceptual - embracing that progress is made more rapidly via identifying errors in current beliefs than by finding support for current beliefs.  Such a shift could reduce confirmation bias, unproductive theory testing, and the blinding desire to be right. The other change is practical - science will benefit from improving technologies to document and connect the entire lifecycle of research projects. This presentation will focus on the practical aspects, illustrated through the efficiencies gained via the Open Science Framework and its add-on connections to Dataverse and Figshare.  The presentation will specifically talk about how research support teams (ie. data librarians, repository managers, and others) can utilize these tools to help their users improve daily workflows.

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  • figshare & the OSF
    Dan Valen (figshare)

    [abstract]

    We can improve scientific communication to increase efficiency in the accumulation of knowledge. This requires at least two changes to the present culture.  One change is conceptual - embracing that progress is made more rapidly via identifying errors in current beliefs than by finding support for current beliefs.  Such a shift could reduce confirmation bias, unproductive theory testing, and the blinding desire to be right. The other change is practical - science will benefit from improving technologies to document and connect the entire lifecycle of research projects. This presentation will focus on the practical aspects, illustrated through the efficiencies gained via the Open Science Framework and its add-on connections to Dataverse and Figshare.  The presentation will specifically talk about how research support teams (ie. data librarians, repository managers, and others) can utilize these tools to help their users improve daily workflows.

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  • The Dataverse Project
    Elizabeth Quigley (Harvard University)

    [abstract]

    We can improve scientific communication to increase efficiency in the accumulation of knowledge. This requires at least two changes to the present culture.  One change is conceptual - embracing that progress is made more rapidly via identifying errors in current beliefs than by finding support for current beliefs.  Such a shift could reduce confirmation bias, unproductive theory testing, and the blinding desire to be right. The other change is practical - science will benefit from improving technologies to document and connect the entire lifecycle of research projects. This presentation will focus on the practical aspects, illustrated through the efficiencies gained via the Open Science Framework and its add-on connections to Dataverse and Figshare.  The presentation will specifically talk about how research support teams (ie. data librarians, repository managers, and others) can utilize these tools to help their users improve daily workflows.

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B5: Building on common ground: Integrating principles, practices, and programs to support research data management (Wed, 2015-06-03)
Chair:Bethany Anderson

  • Building on Common Ground: Exploring The Intersection of Archives And Data Curation
    Lizzy Rolando (Georgia Tech Library)
    Wendy Hagenmaier (Georgia Tech Library)

    [abstract]

    Research data management continues to emerge as a distinct information discipline with unique needs, policies and practices, but there are many ways in which it overlaps with the existing disciplines of records management and archives. Examining areas where policies, practices, and resources can be shared between them is increasingly valuable as the digital information universe becomes more complex. This session will examine those shared areas, highlighting efforts to engage with different information communities and programs. Kelly Chatain, Associate Archivist, University of Michigan, will present her work as an ‘embedded’ archivist within the Survey Research Center, focusing on records management tools and archiving principles used to facilitate a practical and cultural shift in the creation of data. Bethany Anderson, Visiting Archival Operations and Reference Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss ways of integrating the work of academic archives and research data services to appraise, manage, and steward data. Research Data Librarian Lizzy Rolando will discuss Georgia Tech’s efforts to identify areas of convergence between the functional and policy requirements of a research data repository ecosystem and the requirements of a born-digital archives repository ecosystem.

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  • Sharing Practice: Records Management in a Research Data Management World
    Kelly Chatain (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)

    [abstract]

    Research data management continues to emerge as a distinct information discipline with unique needs, policies and practices, but there are many ways in which it overlaps with the existing disciplines of records management and archives. Examining areas where policies, practices, and resources can be shared between them is increasingly valuable as the digital information universe becomes more complex. This session will examine those shared areas, highlighting efforts to engage with different information communities and programs. Kelly Chatain, Associate Archivist, University of Michigan, will present her work as an ‘embedded’ archivist within the Survey Research Center, focusing on records management tools and archiving principles used to facilitate a practical and cultural shift in the creation of data. Bethany Anderson, Visiting Archival Operations and Reference Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss ways of integrating the work of academic archives and research data services to appraise, manage, and steward data. Research Data Librarian Lizzy Rolando will discuss Georgia Tech’s efforts to identify areas of convergence between the functional and policy requirements of a research data repository ecosystem and the requirements of a born-digital archives repository ecosystem.

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  • Appraising and Preserving Data in Context
    Bethany Anderson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    [abstract]

    Research data management continues to emerge as a distinct information discipline with unique needs, policies and practices, but there are many ways in which it overlaps with the existing disciplines of records management and archives. Examining areas where policies, practices, and resources can be shared between them is increasingly valuable as the digital information universe becomes more complex. This session will examine those shared areas, highlighting efforts to engage with different information communities and programs. Kelly Chatain, Associate Archivist, University of Michigan, will present her work as an ‘embedded’ archivist within the Survey Research Center, focusing on records management tools and archiving principles used to facilitate a practical and cultural shift in the creation of data. Bethany Anderson, Visiting Archival Operations and Reference Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss ways of integrating the work of academic archives and research data services to appraise, manage, and steward data. Research Data Librarian Lizzy Rolando will discuss Georgia Tech’s efforts to identify areas of convergence between the functional and policy requirements of a research data repository ecosystem and the requirements of a born-digital archives repository ecosystem.

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  • 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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