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Issues related to training and education in data services and data libraries

IASSIST Fellows application now closed

The application for IASSIST Fellows is now closed. Over 40 applications from 23 different countries have been received with the following number of applications by region:

  • 23 Latin America
  • 12 Africa
  • 6 Asia

The Fellows Committee is now working to evaluate the applications and will make the decisions in the following weeks. Good luck to all participants.

IASSIST 2012 Fellows Program

The IASSIST Fellows Program is now accepting applications for financial support to attend the IASSIST 2012 conference in Washington [http://www.iassist2012.org/], from data professionals from countries with emerging economies who are developing and managing data infrastructures at their home institutions.

Please be aware that funding is not intended to cover the entire cost of attending the conference. The applicant’s home institution must provide some level of financial support to supplement the IASSIST Fellow award. Strong preference will be given to first time participants, and applicants from Latin-American countries. Only fully completed applications will be accepted. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding.

 You may apply for funding via this form.

For more information, to apply for funding or nominate a person for a Fellowship, please send an email to the Fellows Committee chair, Luis Martínez-Uribe.

 

IASSIST Latin Engagement Action Group

The Latin Engagement Action Group have come up with a number of outreach activities aimed at supporting data professionals from Spanish and Portuguese speaking educational institutions, namely:

1. Research Data Management Webinars (complete with IASSIST contribution) for Spanish/Portuguese data specialists (http://www.recolecta.net/buscador/webminars.jsp)

Stuart Macdonald and Luis Martínez-Uribe in collaboration with Alicia López Medina (UNED, Spain), the Spanish Agency of Science and Technology (FECYT) and the network of Spanish repositories RECOLECTA have organised a programme of webinars in 3 strands starting in October to discuss RDM issues:

Strand 1 is dedicated to Research Data Management Strategy (presentations from FECYT, RedIris, Simon Hodson (JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) Programme Manager)

Strand 2 - RDM Tools and models (presentations from Sarah Jones on DAF/DMP online (DCC) and Stuart Macdonald (EDINA) on IASSIST Latin Engagement, RDM at Edinburgh & Research Data MANTRA 

Strand 3 - Research Data Management Experiences (presentations from Kate McNeil-Harmen (MIT) , Luis Martinez Uribe (Institute Juan March), colleagues from University of Porto

Several members of IASSIST have been invited and the work of the group will be presented in order to keep promoting the organization to colleagues in Spain, Portugal and Latin-America.

2. Preparation of a Latin-American session in next IASSIST annual conference in collaboration with outreach committee

Organise another Latin-American session at IASSIST 2012 (complete with NGO representation) led by Bobray Bordelan (Princeton). Liaise with the outreach to fund and invite data professional colleagues from Latin America to participate in this session.

3. Spanish and Portuguese translation of the main pages of the IASSIST site - May 2012

Working with the IASSIST web editor Robin Rice to scope and implement (voluntary) translation of the main landing pages on the IASSIST website (e.g. Home page, About page, Becoming a member if IASSIST, FAQ, IASSIST at a Glance, About IQ, Instruction for Authors)

Image: Toledo by Pat Barker on Flickr, CC-BY-NC licence

Workshop: Building a Culture of Research Data Citation

Building a Culture of Research Data Citation

Workshop at eResearch Australasia 2011

Thursday 10 November 2011: 9:00-12:30

http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/workshops/#8

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is currently developing a service called "Cite My Data" [1], which uses the international DataCite infrastructure [2] to support the citation of Australian research sector datasets.  The DataCite infrastructure is built on the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system [3]--widely used for citation and tracking of scholarly publications.  The ANDS Cite My Data service will allow Australian research data publishers and users to uniquely identify research data and cite data from publications or other datasets [4].

ANDS is hosting a workshop at the eResearch Australasia 2011 conference based around data citation and the Cite My Data service. The workshop is designed for data publishers and users in the research sector who need to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and technologies around data citation and the ways data citation can be supported at their organizations.

Highlights of the workshop include:

- An overview of the DataCite initiative from Jan Brase, Managing Agent of DataCite

- An overview of ANDS services related to data citation and tracking

- A practical look at the ANDS Cite My Data service

- Experience reports from institutions currently implementing data citation policies

- Opportunity for question and answers with key ANDS and DataCite representatives

The workshop will be held on Thursday 10 November 2011 (during the conference workshop days) from 9:00-12:30. Conference registration is available at http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/registration/.

Data can be cool

As I prepare to leave Guelph there are lots of things I will miss - but what I will maybe miss most is the Data Resource Centre and the creative people who work there.   If you link to the picasa album below you will see some awesome posters they have made to showcase services and bring people into the world of Data and GIS. The images on some of the posters are really powerful....

posters on picasa

Communicate with IASSIST colleagues via interest groups

After our annual conferences, members often want to continue conversations with IASSIST colleagues on topics of professional interest.  Your Administrative Committee has responded by creating the Interest Group Development Action Group.  Its charge is to identify and help form interest groups so members can continue those conversations. more...

Workshop: Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation

Announcement of Workshop: Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0041 August 9-13, 2010 Ann Arbor Michigan

Instructors: Chuck Humphrey, Head of the Data Library, University of Alberta Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego

Conference webcasts and presentations online!

A week has passed since IASSIST 2009. I hope most of you have made it safely back home by now - and are ready to refresh the memories by watching the conference webcasts and viewing presentations. Webcasts of all three plenaries and Thursday and Friday's concurrent sessions in the Small Auditorium are now available. We didn't have cameras available during the Wednesday sessions, so no videos of these presentations, sorry! But most of the presentations are already online - a few are still missing either because we didn't have them or we are waiting for an updated version. Please send in any missing presentations or email me if there are mistakes that should be corrected!

 

Tuomas J. Alaterä Information Network Specialist tuomas.alatera@uta.fi Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) http://www.fsd.uta.fi FI-33014 University of Tampere

  • 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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  • Resources

    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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    Find out what IASSISTers are doing in the field and explore other avenues of presentation, communication and discussion via social networking and related online social spaces. more...