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Conference Presentations 2016

  • IASSIST 2016-Embracing the 'Data Revolution': Opportunities and challenges for research, Bergen
    Host Institution: NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data

Poster Session (Thu, 2016-06-02)
Chair:Jenny Muilenburg

  • CESSDA poster
    Ivana Versic (CESSDA)
    Hossein Abroshan (CESSDA)


    CESSDA has a poster which it would like to hang up at the venue. We have copies here at the CESSDA House in Bergen. The poster does not present project or research information as such but it does present CESSDA as a pan-European infrastructure and it would add visibility at the event

  • Controlled Vocabularies Published by the DDI Alliance
    Sanda Ionescu (ICPSR - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)


    The DDI Alliance is well known for being the originator of the DDI metadata standard, which is now widely used across several continents. This poster presentation will focus on updating the audience on another product of the DDI Alliance, the Controlled Vocabularies, with a view to increase the visibility and usage of this valuable metadata resource among data users and curators. Controlled vocabularies are structured lists of terms, or concepts that may be used to standardize metadata content and thus enhance both resource discovery and metadata interoperability. A clear advantage presented by the DDI Alliance Controlled Vocabularies is that they are published independently of the DDI specification, and therefore may be used in conjunction with any version of the DDI standard, but also with other metadata standards that may have a different structure and need not be expressed in an XML language. Our poster presentation will include a brief review of the published vocabularies and our plans for the future, will familiarize the audience with their Web presentation and download, will discuss translations and the possibility of other agencies contributing to the vocabularies' development, with the main goal of encouraging the vocabularies' widespread usage.

  • Connecting Social and Health Sciences Data - This Librarian's Life
    Michelle Bass (University of Chicago)


    In this presentation, I will highlight my experiences connecting social science data to health science fields and discuss the on-the-job training required to bridge these disciplines in my role as science research services librarian. My perspective as a social scientist who evolved into an information scientist informs my practice, outreach, and collaborative efforts with regard to the library's research data management and data services and departmental and center partners. I will discuss in-depth my role in helping connect social science data to health science fields in three projects:

    1. The Center for Health and the Social Sciences Program in Oral Health, Systemic Health, Well-Being, & the Social Sciences resource guide for students and researchers.

    2. The Institute for Translational Medicine reapplication grant to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences process.

    3. Research data services workshop series and resource creation and facilitation for non-data focused librarians across the social, biological, and physical sciences and humanities.

    Topics of emphasis for these respective projects include training and skills development for research data management (for myself, librarian peers, and faculty and researchers); challenges, and solutions, in exchanging research data across disciplines; and how my expertise as an information professional was applied in multi-disciplinary collaborations. I hope my outsider-looking-in perspective will promote productive discussion about the ways in which information professionals can connect social science data to questions and experiments in health science fields.

  • RDM Needs of Science and Engineering Researchers: a View from Canada
    Cristina Sewerin (University of Toronto)
    Eugene Barsky (University of British Columbia)
    Melissa Cheung (University of Ottawa)
    Dylanne Dearborn (University of Toronto)
    Angela Henshilwood (University of Toronto)
    Christina Hwang (University of Alberta)


    Understanding researcher behaviour and workflow is instrumental to developing reflective service. With changes in funding requirements around sharing, preservation and the submission of a data management plan potentially looming, institutions across Canada are engaging with researchers to better understand research data management (RDM) practices and needs. What are the characteristics of the research data produced, and how do researchers manage their data? What are their attitudes towards RDM support services and data sharing? A number of Canadian universities have partnered to survey their respective science and engineering researcher communities, with participating institutions at time of writing including: University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, Queen's University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Dalhousie University, and University of Ottawa. These institutions are collaborating to better understand both national and local needs, as well as to generate a richer understanding of disciplinary practices by generating comparative data for cross analysis. In this poster, the project development, results, and future steps will be summarized.

  • Introduction of Additional Primary Services and Derivative Work Inquiry Service of SRDA
    Ya-Chi Lin (Academia Sinica)


    Survey Research Data Archive (SRDA) is an electronic library of the largest collection of digital data in social sciences in Taiwan. The survey data collected in SRDA are broadly divided into academic survey data and government survey data. Academic survey data contain more than 1,900 datasets from 17 fields including education, sociology, political science, economics, and so on.

    In response to the increasing of datasets archived, SRDA has developed various inquiry services for users to search survey data conveniently and efficiently. In order to maximize the value and utility of the released survey data, which can be reused as secondary data, derivative work inquiry service has been established to assist users to search citations based on archived datasets.

    In present, three main ways are adopted by SRDA to collect the related publications, respectively internet, email survey on our users, and online report by SRDA members. The information of publications includes title, author, year of publish, and the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the cited data. Hopefully, this inquiry service will help SRDA members for secondary data analysis. Consequently, this poster session will demonstrate current derivative work inquiry service from establishment, user interface, results of search, methodology, and future perspectives.

  • Keeping Track of Users and Publications at Social Science Japan Data Archive
    Yukio Maeda (Social Science Japan Data Archive)
    Satoshi Miwa (Social Science Japan Data Archive)
    Kenji Ishida (Social Science Japan Data Archive)
    Koichi Iriyama (Social Science Japan Data Archive)


    This poster presents the background and workflow of user management at Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA).

    SSJDA keeps track of its users and publications since its start. The main motive is to ensure the trust from data producers when there was no data sharing institution in Japan. To convince data producers, we formulated a strict policy in terms of data use, and the subsequent report of publications. This procedure not only enhances the trust from data producers but also provides them incentive to deposit their data as they can actually see that they are acknowledged. It also helps SSJDA to demonstrate the impact of its activity quantitatively.

    Initially, the management of users and publications was tedious paper work. We gradually developed the relational database between users, datasets, and publications. Further, the system was revised in such a way that users can submit their reports through the Internet and the submitted information is automatically updated within the database. Currently the collected information is used only within SSJDA, but we plan to set up a web page on which visitors can search and find the publications resulting from the secondary use of specific datasets.

  • DDI implementation at the SSJDA
    Akira Motegi (University of Tokyo)


    We will introduce DDI implementation at the Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA), focusing on its two core projects. The first is the Easy DDI Organizer (EDO), a metadata editing and management software development project, based on both the DDI-L and DDI-C. Resulting from stressing the compatibility, the file import and export function is built in the EDO. It can import variable level metadata from SPSS files and export a codebook and a questionnaire in a Word format. The second project is Nesstar system operation. While the Nesstar system has been widely operated across countries, there was enough room for its implementation in Japan. The operation at the SSJDA has started since 2012. The number of published datasets now amounts to over 70. Given the results from its current operation, the perspectives for its future development will be discussed.

  • FORSbase V2.0: a web-based data archiving platform
    Marieke Heers (FORS - Swiss Centre for Expertise in the Social Sciences )
    Eliane Ferrez (FORS - Swiss Centre for Expertise in the Social Sciences )


    Small data archives in Europe often lack the human resources for adequate documentation and delivery of data. FORSbase V2.0, a new product of the Swiss Centre for Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS in Lausanne, facilitates and automates data documentation, deposit, and access, thus freeing up resources for promotional and training activities. Its goal is to combine within a single system and database a wide range of archiving functions and tools for researchers themselves to document and deposit their data, access data and metadata, and to establish contacts and communicate with other researchers. All of this is done within individual researcher "workspaces" where specific project descriptions and data are safely stored. Within the workspaces, researchers also have access to a messaging system and other resources to assist them in their work. The benefits of such a system for researchers are the ease with which they can manage, store, and deposit their data, as well as search for and download directly the data of others. This presentation will highlight and demonstrate the key features of FORSbase V2.0.

  • The Architecture of Data Science and Archiving - Archonnex Architecture and Technology Stack
    Thomas Murphy (University of Michigan, ICPSR)
    Harsha Ummerpillai (University of Michigan, ICPSR)


    Archonnex is a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) architecture defined to transition to a newer technology stack meeting core and emerging business needs of the organization and the industry. It aims to build a digital technology platform that leverages ICPSR expertise and open source technologies that are proven and well supported by strong Open Source communities. This component based design identifies re-usable self-contained services as components. These components will be integrated and orchestrated using an Enterprise Service Bus and Message Broker to deliver complex business functions. All components starts as a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and improved in iterative development phases.

    This poster will identify all the various operational components and the associated technology counterparts involved with running a data science repository. It will consider the process of the upfront integration with the researcher to allow better managed data collection, dissemination and management (see the SEAD poster) during research and follow the workflow process technologically through from the ingestion of data to the repository, curation, archiving, publication and re-use of the research data including the citation and bibliography management along the way. Finally, conference participants will leave with an understanding of how the Archonnex Architecture and its Technology Stack is strengthening the data services offer to new researchers as well as data re-use. The integration of data management plans and their impact on this workflow should be apparent with this ground up architecture designed for the data science industry.

  • IFDO Poster
    Jonathan Crabtree (IFDO)


    IFDO was established in the mid 1970s as a response to the research needs of the international social science community. The founders felt it would be advantageous to coordinate worldwide data services and thus enhance social science research. Current efforts of IFDO seek to gather input from the international community and IFDO members to help guide the organization into the future. The dynamic nature of research data lifecycle will be discussed and input from the community will be used to develop future IFDO directions and potential services. Come join the discussion and help shape IFDO's future.

  • 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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