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Upcoming eScience Events: UNH VisLab & RDM Roundtables

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:30
Upcoming eScience Events – Tuesday, November 15th 2016

For more information see http://guides.library.umass.edu/RDMR.

Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Morning Presentations & Roundtables:
The 1925 Room, Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824

Afternoon Data Visualization Research Lab Tour:
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
24 Colovos Road, Durham, NH 0382

Participants may plan to arrive for registration at 9:30 am.
Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Morning Event: Data Visualization and the Library (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
“Two Perspectives from Library Collaborators

Speaker 1: Steve Braun, Northeastern University
Steven Braun is the Data Analytics and Visualization Specialist in the Northeastern University Libraries Digital Scholarship Group. In this role, Steven holds weekly drop-in office hours and schedules consultations to provide help to students, faculty, and staff on any matters related to data analysis or visualization, delivers public and custom course workshops on data and visualization best practices, and works on internal and external visualization projects across many disciplines. Steven has an M.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, and a BA in chemistry and Asian studies from St. Olaf College.

Speaker 2: Patrick Rashleigh, Brown University
Patrick Rashleigh is the Data Visualization Coordinator at the Brown University Library, where he engages in the production and dissemination of visual modes of scholarly communication and analysis. In practice, this means working with faculty, students, and colleagues on visually-oriented projects and holding instruction sessions on visualization tools and techniques.  It also involves coordinating and supporting innovative applications of the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio with its display wall, full color 3D printer, and video/audio recording studio. Patrick has an MA in Ethnomusicology from York University, and a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia.

Afternoon Tour: Data Visualization Research Lab (12:15 pm1:00 pm)
The Data Visualization Research Lab (DVRL) has the goal of carrying out research into advanced interactive visualization. The lab is has a special interest in techniques that can be applied to ocean mapping and ocean technologies in general. There are three broad strategies of research carried out: The Science of Data Visualization, Tool Building, and Visualizations for Education and Outreach. We will tour their facility which is located in the UNH Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center. This will be an opportunity to see how an institution is providing data vis services to the campus outside of the library.

Lunch 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Participants will have lunch on their own. Options include campus dining locations or at another off-campus restaurant (for suggestions). Please be aware that all these options require walking, so participants may want to bring their own lunch.

Afternoon Event: The 4th Research Data Management Roundtable (2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Topic: “Event Planning and Outreach”
This is the fourth in a series of informal roundtable discussions on specific research data management topics. In this set of discussions, participants will focus on event planning and outreach related to marketing planned events. We’ll discuss what types of events participants are organizing, who libraries are partnering with, how events are promoted, and much more!

We encourage all to come and participate! Haven’t planned an RDM event yet? Not sure where to start? Come get ideas! Have lots of experience with planning events? We want to hear from you! Come share your flyers, materials, or lessons learned from your efforts!

UNH is located off of NH Route 4, easily accessible from I-95 and Route 101.
An Amtrak station is located directly on the UNH campus. Take the Downeaster!

Please note parking is $10 and there will be a dedicated lot to park in. If you plan to drive, please consider carpooling. You must indicate if you are driving on the registration form.
More information to come!

Registration is limited so register now!

For questions about registration, contact Tom Hohenstein (tah@bu.edu).

All events are sponsored by the NN/LM NER and University of New Hampshire.

For complete information see http://guides.library.umass.edu/RDMR.

Summary of the BD2K Webinar Series

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:30

Submitted by e-Science Portal Editor Leah Honor, Education and Clinical Services Librarian, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Leah.Honor@umassmed.edu

A few weeks ago I began attending weekly group viewings of the BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science. While we are only two sessions in, and still doing a lot of high level review, the series promises to delve in greater detail into many of aspects of big data, including indexing, management, analysis, and modeling.

The first session, an introduction to the series and the topic in general, was presented by Dr. Mark Munsen – Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, and reviewed many of the common themes heard when talking about big data: the data lifecycle, the emergence of big data and what that has meant for biomedical research and clinical practice, and the need for management and preservation of all this data. I was struck by his discussion on the idea of open data, which is often held up as a worthy goal, and one promoted by everyone from librarians to national funding agencies, being overly simplistic. Just because data is open in the sense that it is available, does not mean it is FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Having data shared in proprietary formats, or without sufficient contextual information to make it understandable, may meet the technical requirements of ‘open’ but it is in no way fair.  Dr. Munsen also brought up a few well known examples of big data and data management gone wrong:  the Mars Climate Orbiter, having been built and programmed using the metric system for measurements, crashes after it is unable to decode directions based on the English system; the 2012 Nature commentary by Begly and Ellis exposing the dismal rates of reproducibility on so called landmark studies1.

The second speaker was Dr. William Hersch from Oregon Health & Science University, introducing the first topic – Data Indexing and Retrieval, which will be the focus of the next 5 sessions. While still a rather broad overview, from this you can see how the series will continuously tighten the focus on the topics of interest, presenting various viewpoints as specialists from a broad range of disciplines are brought in to cover their areas of expertise. Dr. Hersch went over metadata and versioning control, indexing vocabularies and ontologies, provenance, and search vs. retrieval; all of which are topics of sessions to come.

The series continues every Friday at 12pm EST, and you can view it live, or catch up on any sessions after the fact on the series website: http://www.bigdatau.org/data-science-seminars

1Begley, C. Glenn, and Lee M. Ellis. “Drug development: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research.” Nature 483.7391 (2012): 531-533. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/483531a

Welcome Portal Editorial Board!

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:30

The e-Science Portal for New England Librarians has a new group of librarians taking over the editorial duties for both the portal and the Community Blog! The Editorial Board works in collaboration to provide and manage information that meet the scope and purpose of the Portal for Librarians:

Portal Scope Statement: The e-Science portal is a resource for librarians, library students, information professionals, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss:

  • Library roles in e-Science
  • Fundamentals of domain sciences
  • Emerging trends in supporting networked scientific research

The e-Science portal is intended for librarians and individuals interested in how research and academic organizations generate, share, store and/or use data for scientific research, with an emphasis on research in the health, biological, and physical sciences.

Editorial Board Members:

Julie Goldman
e-Science Program Coordinator
NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Content Sections: About, Connect with Others, Professional Education

Julie Goldman, BS, MLIS, is the eScience Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. Julie started at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a Library Fellow in the Lamar Soutter Library. She is actively working on resources and events for e-science librarians. Julie is the Managing Editor for the Journal of eScience Librarianship and also served on the teaching staff for “Scientific Research Data Management,” a course in the LIS curriculum at Simmons College in Boston. Julie is also Co-PI on a NIH BD2K grant to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) for biomedical research data management. Julie earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire.

Leah Honor
Education and Clinical Services Librarian/Informationist
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Content Section: Research Environment

Leah Honor is an Education and Clinical Services Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She works closely with the graduate schools of medicine, nursing, and biological sciences, as well as basic science researchers and clinicians, providing reference, research, and instruction services. She acts as an Informationist liaison to the Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopment Initiative, researching shared data identification, reuse, and citation standards. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute.

Hillary Miller
Scholarly Communication Outreach Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University
Content Section: Data Literacy

Hillary Miller is the Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University where she provides guidance, delivers instruction, and implements a program of outreach initiatives relating to the creation, use, and dissemination of scholarly works. Her research areas include the evolving digital contexts for scholarship, research, and creative expression; social cognitive theory-based approaches to understanding copyright behavior; and legal and social issues surrounding the use of information. She received her Masters of Science in Library Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laura Palumbo
Chemistry & Physics Librarian/Science Data Specialist
Rutgers University
Content Sections:  Physical Sciences & Engineering, Data Management Co-Editor

Laura Palumbo is the Chemistry & Physics Librarian and Science Data Specialist at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick. She liaises with departments in the physical sciences, and provides research assistance and instruction in information literacy and critical thinking, as well as in research data management. She coordinates efforts, identifies opportunities, and develops services for the access and preservation of data for the Rutgers New Brunswick scientific research community. She conducts workshops with campus partners on various aspects of research data sharing and reuse, bringing together faculty and students from departments across the New Brunswick campuses. She is active in several professional organizations, and serves as the Assistant Editor of Practical Academic Librarianship, an international open access journal publication of the Special Libraries Association. Prior to her work in libraries, she was a civil engineer in government agencies and consulting firms.

Ahlam Saleh
Research Librarian
University of Arizona
Content Sections:  Life Sciences & Open Science, Data Management Co-Editor

Ahlam Saleh is the Research Librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library where she provides assistance and training to students, staff, faculty, and researchers on literature searches, resource selection, reference management, and NIH Public Access Policy compliance. She also helps to coordinate bringing other library service programs such as scholarly communications and data management, to the health sciences campus community. Ahlam obtained here master’s degree in library science from SUNY Buffalo where she also obtained her medical degree. Prior to the University of Arizona, Ahlam served as a Reference Librarian for eight years at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System.

Please welcome this great group of science librarians, and look for their postings
here on the e-Science Community Blog! 

Upcoming Webinar: Creating a campus-wide research data services committee

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:30
Creating a campus-wide research data services committee:
The good, The bad, and The…

A DataCure Webinar Series

Please join our panel of presenters in this exciting two-part webinar series to hear about how academic libraries are taking the lead in developing cross-campus collaborations in establishing research data committees to spearhead institutional efforts related to data stewardship and digital projects. This interactive session will lead participants through the various steps needed in order to initiate a similar effort within their institutional context.

Guest Speakers:

Amy Koshoffer, Science Informationist, UC Libraries, University of Cincinnati
Amy Koshoffer holds degrees in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution from University of Illinois, Library and Information Science from Kent State University and Mathematics from University of Cincinnati. Amy worked as a senior research assistant in the UC College of Medicine in the Departments of Cancer Biology and most recently Dermatology. Her research group focused on understanding melanocyte biology especially the mechanisms that trigger vitiligo and other hypopigmentary disorders. Amy is currently the Science Informationist for UCLibraries where her work focuses on providing data manageme     nt support for researchers and developing new research data services.

Renaine Julian, Data Research Librarian, Florida State University Libraries
Renaine Julian is the STEM Data & Research Librarian at Florida State University. In this role, he works with researchers to help find, use, evaluate, and manage research data. Renaine also serves as the subject librarian for the FSU/FAMU College of Engineering, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science as well as Urban & Regional Planning. He holds a MLIS, a MS in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a BS in Political Science, all from Florida State University. Renaine’s interests include: research data management, scholarly communication, and citizen science.

Cinthya Ippoliti, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, Oklahoma State University
Cinthya Ippoliti is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University where she provides administrative leadership for the library’s academic liaison program as well as services for undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she was Head of Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Maryland Libraries where she was in charge of the spaces, services, and programming offered by the Terrapin Learning Commons in addition to coordinating the libraries’ First Year instruction program.

Betty Rozum, Data Services Coordinator & Undergraduate Research Librarian, Utah State University
Betty Rozum is the Data Services Coordinator and Undergraduate Research Librarian at Utah State University, a position she has held since its creation in July 2015. Her position is responsible for coordinating efforts within the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, USU Information Technology Office, and the Library to manage research data and publication deposits and help ensure compliance with federal mandates. Part of this role includes coordinating the campus wide data committee. Along with these tasks, Betty serves as the campus resource for data management, providing assistance and education about best practices. Prior to this position, Betty was the Associate Dean for Technical Services at Utah State University Libraries for 14 years.

Christine Kollen, Data Curation Librarian, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS), University of Arizona
Chris Kollen is the Data Curation Librarian at the University of Arizona (UA) Libraries in the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship. She leads the University of Arizona’s efforts in providing data management support for researchers and graduate students. She is chair of the Campus Data Management and Curation Committee and the project manager for the Data Management and Data Curation Pilot project. She also leads the Library’s GIS and geospatial data services and is the project manager for the Spatial Data Explorer, the Library’s geospatial data portal.

David Minor, Program Director for Research Data Curation, UC San Diego
David Minor is the Director of the Research Data Curation Program in the UC San Diego Library. In this role he helps define and lead work needed for the contemporary and long-term management digital resources. His position includes significant interaction with stakeholders on the UC San Diego campus, throughout the UC System, and national initiatives. His program also includes management of Chronopolis, a national-scale digital preservation network that originated with funds from the Library of Congress’ NDIIPP Program. Chronopolis is also a founding partner in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), helping set a new national digital preservation agenda. David received his BA in philosophy from Carleton College and MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Part 1: Building bridges and planting seeds
Tuesday, December 6th 2016, 12 EST
| 90 minutes

  • Focus on early-stage efforts to build partnerships and bring key stakeholders to the table
  • Acquire practical tips for addressing the institutional challenges involved in developing a campus-wide data committee
  • Identify key individuals who could be instrumental in establishing a campus-wide data committee

Part 2: Launching your collaboration
Wednesday, December 7th 2016, 12EST
| 90 minutes

  • Identify best practices and lessons learned for working with established committees who are working on broad-scale projects and programs
  • Evaluate different institutional models to compare and customize for different academic environments
  • Analyze best practices strategies for successful project management, collaboration, and program development for established committees

This webinar series is designed to be a two-part class.
Please register for both sessions!

Webinar Viewing: Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians from @MedLibAssn

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:30

Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians

Join us at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA to view the webinar: Thursday, September 22nd 2016 10:30am-12:00pm EST

Register to attend the free viewing at the Lamar Soutter Library!

Does the term “p value” make you anxious when you read research articles? How high is your confidence level in interpreting research data? As librarians interact with more research through efforts with evidence-based practice and systematic reviews, they have a growing need for understanding statistics. This confidence-building course will help you be more comfortable with statistical concept for reading research findings and interpreting data.

More from MLA: http://www.mlanet.org/blog/getting-started-with-statistics-for-librarians


  • Understand basic statistical terms such as standard deviation, t test, p value, and so on
  • Identify test measures used in published research studies
  • Interpret the data, formulas, and graphs used in the research findings

Participants will earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.


  1. Examine sample research papers and their data analysis findings. Highlight statistical terms that will be discussed.
  2. Define the statistical concepts.
  3. Use interactive exercises to verify understanding. For example, to examine different research studies and decide which test measure was used.
  4. Reexamine the research papers and data to further reinforce the concept.

Instructor Biography

Jin Wu is an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Medical Library. In this role, she tracks, investigates, and uses data proactively to address emerging trends that improve library services and promote library resources. Wu has extensive experience using various tools to gather and apply user information to make data-driven strategy and planning decisions. She has taught MLA continuing education courses on statistics and data analysis a few times in the past years. The classes were well attended and scored very well on evaluations. Wu is active in professional organizations and has given multiple presentations at national and local conferences. She is also a master’s of business administration candidate at USC Marshall School of Business.

Register here: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1059

Reminder: participants are registering for a free viewing the webinar at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. This is not a traditional webinar accessible from anywhere!

Webinar Viewing: Demystifying R from @MedLibAssn

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:30

Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians MLA Webinar

Join us at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA to view the webinar: Wednesday, October 5th 2016 2:00-3:30pm EST

Register to attend the free viewing at the Lamar Soutter Library!

If you work with researchers or stay up-to-date on “big data” or data science, you have probably heard of R. But what exactly is it, and why should librarians learn it? This webinar will help demystify this popular programming language and provide some real-world examples of how it can help librarians in their daily work. Whether it’s for assisting patrons with their research data or working with your own library data, R can be a useful skill to add to your librarian toolboxes. This webinar will provide an introduction to R, including how it can be used for data processing, visualization, and analysis of a variety of different types of data. We will also discuss some key terminology and concepts to get you started and provide you with resources for learning more about R.

More from MLA: http://www.mlanet.org/blog/demystifying-r-an-introduction-for-librarians


  • What the R programming language is and some of its key features
  • Some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
  • Some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
  • How R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
  • Where to find free resources for learning R

Participants will earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

Instructor Biography

Lisa Federer, AHIP, currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, sharing, and reuse of biomedical research data. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and the editor of the forthcoming Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. An active member of MLA, she currently chairs the Medical Informatics Section and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award Jury. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of California–Los Angeles and graduate certificates in data science (Georgetown University) and data visualization (New York University), and she is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.

Register here: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1058

Reminder: participants are registering for a free viewing the webinar at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. This is not a traditional webinar accessible from anywhere! 

Job Opportunity: Librarian for Research Data @TischLibrary

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:30

Posted on behalf of Laura Pavlech, DVM, MSLS, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University

Librarian for Research Data – Tisch Library at Tufts University

The Tisch Library at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts is seeking a Librarian for Research Data.

Tisch Library supports Tufts’ School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering (AS&E), providing services and resources to assist members of the Tufts community in their teaching, learning and research. Tisch Library provides collections, expertise, and technology-rich environments to support the creation and dissemination of scholarship.

The Scholarly Communications & Collections department of Tisch Library supports the mission of the university by engaging with the long history of scholarly communication from rare books to research data, and by recognizing how different formats, different modes of communicating information, and different disciplinary practices impact the transfer and development of knowledge over time. The department makes strategic decisions about how best to provide access and, where appropriate, long-term preservation, to the collections needed to support the teaching and research excellence of AS&E.

Tisch Library seeks an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Librarian for Research Data (Assistant Librarian/Associate Librarian) to lead Tisch outreach around research data and related data management services for the AS&E community. This individual will work with other library and campus partners (e.g. research administration) to adapt, design, and develop services that enable faculty and students to preserve, share, and curate their research data.

Please see the posting for a complete description of the position: http://tufts.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=16001555&lang=en

Outreach for Research Data Management Education Modules

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:30

Posted on behalf of Kevin Reed, Knowledge Management Librarian and Alisa Surkis, Head/Translational Science Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Library, NYU School of Medicine

We would like to request your participation in piloting research data management education materials for medical librarians. We are currently funded by a grant from the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative at NIH to develop a curriculum for medical librarians to facilitate their teaching research data management at their own institutions. There are two components to the training materials:

Part 1: Seven online modules (approximately three hours of content) designed to teach medical librarians about the practice and culture of research and best practices in research data management.

Part 2: A teaching toolkit including slides, scripts, and evaluation materials to teach an in-person introductory research data management class for researchers at your institution.

We are currently seeking participants to pilot part 1. Following that, we will seek out a subset of participants with whom to pilot part 2, which will involve structured observations of classes taught by the librarians at their institutions. All participants in piloting part 1 will be given access to the materials in part 2, regardless of whether or not they are part of the piloting of those materials.

My colleague, Alisa Surkis, and I have been teaching research data management to our fellow medical librarians at the past three MLA annual meetings, based on our own experiences in providing research data management services at NYU School of Medicine. We hope that the materials we have created here will make the core elements of that class more broadly available to facilitate the teaching of research data management at medical libraries across the United States.

If you intend to take these modules, please contact Kevin Read at kevin.read@med.nyu.edu or Alisa Surkis at alisa.surkis@med.nyu.edu to confirm your participation. You do not need to await a reply from us to begin taking the modules. We are also available to answer your questions at any time.

Upcoming Webinar Series: BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:30

An announcement from the BD2K Training Coordinating Center

John Darrell Van Horn, M.Eng., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
2001 North Soto Street, SSB1-102
Los Angeles, California 90032
Phone: 323-442-7246
Email: jvanhorn@usc.edu, jvanhorn@ini.usc.edu

Please look forward to a weekly webinar-based lecture series entitled the . This is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications.

The series will be held each Friday, 12pm EST (9am PST) beginning September 9th, 2016.

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786506213

You may also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 786-506-213

Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access to our weekly event!

Our initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia).

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center.

A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available shortly.

Current Syllabus

Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle

Section 1: Data Management Overview

  • Finding and accessing data sets, Indexing  and Identifiers
  • Data curation and Version control
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata standards
  • Provenance

Section 2: Data Representation Overview

  • Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations
  • Social networking data
  • Data wrangling, normalization, pre-processing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing

Section 3: Computing Overview

  • Workflows/pipelines
  • Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and High Performance Computing
  • Commons: lessons learned, current state

Section 4: Data Modeling and Inference Overview

  • Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • Supervised Learning/prediction/Machine Learning, dimensionality reduction
  • Algorithms and their Optimization
  • Multiple hypothesis testing, False Discovery Rate
  • Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • Causal inference
  • Data Visualization tools and communication
  • Modeling Synthesis

Section 5: Additional topics

  • Open science
  • Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • Ethical Issues
  • Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • Reproducibility
  • Summary and NIH context

Section 6: Specific examples

Share this announcement with others: students, staff, and colleagues are all invited!


Job Opportunities: Duke University Libraries

e-Science Portal blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:30

Posted on behalf of Joel Herndon, Ph.D. Head, Data & Visualization Services, Duke University Libraries

Duke has a set of four new positions focused on expanding campus wide infrastructure for data management. The two (Senior) Research Data Management Consultants will join Duke’s Data and Visualization Department and focus on consultation and instruction while the two Digital Repository Content Analysts positions will work closely with our institutional repository staff on issues of curation and ingest. All of the positions will be part of a larger community on campus working on issues of data curation both on campus and beyond.



Digital Repository Content Analysts: http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/digitalrepositorycontentanalyst

The Value of Repository Professionals in Neoliberal Academia – Canaries in the Mines

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:30

Submitted by Guest Authors Kate Thornhill, Repository Community Librarian/Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, thornhik@ohsu.edu and
Myrna Morales, Program and Communication Coordinator at Community Change Inc. &
Doctoral Student at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, memoral2@illinois.edu

Institutional repositories (IRs) are frequently perceived as a technology solutions relied solely on technologists to mediate storage, citation, and sharing needs for scholarly activities and publications. The familiar, rote response “people are no longer using the library; everything is on the Internet” centers this neoliberal technological thinking. It overlooks the integral role of information professionals in the preserving, publishing, evaluating, and management of information. Within neoliberal academia, institutional repositories (IRs) are frequently perceived as storage solutions managed by an information technology expert for a university’s scholarly output, instead of active curation and historical preservation sites. In general this paradigm positions librarians and archivists leading IRs to be perceived merely as gatekeepers to digital materials and overlooks their value as trained digital curation specialists. This has clear, concrete implications that manifest as a lack of investment and professional recognition and a devaluation of the work done by teams who oversee and support information ecosystems mediation. As Carole Palmer, et. al (2013) writes, IRs “More generally, collections will be vital to providing reliable access and preservation to data products. Over the long term, we risk ending up with data dumps rather than functional libraries of relevant and usable data assets if we ignore the art of building and organizing data collections for research communities.” Without investment in library information professionals who oversee digital curation activities library repositories have futile efforts.  We are asking the larger (and harder) questions of what are the implications to hurried labor solutions created by those untrained in curatorial practices and disconnected from frontlines of how to deal with the data deluge.  

Neoliberal academia’s reliance on software as a solution and storage space as an archive devalues librarians and archivist work and expertise. The lack of investment and professional recognition for IR management and administration makes it harder for libraries compete in the information exchange and job market. As a result librarians and archivists are forced to do more with less and heavily adopt traditional information technology skills such as networking and security administration, application development, programming, and IT project management to satisfy resource lack and show value to neoliberal idealists.  Without support for teams focused on outreach, advocacy, digital preservation, and information literacy IRs flounder or fail. It doesn’t just happen because communities are reluctant and lack of time to deposit or systems and storage, don’t have enough space or can’t perform specific user behavioral needs.

IR professionals need to be loud and engaged with communities and partners, only then will the work of librarians and archivists come out hiding behind screens and office walls. Repositories that lack value and recognition additionally create poor working conditions for those who manage and participate in them. We draw a comparison between IR information professionals and Sarah Roberts’ (2016) ideas about commercial content moderation (CCM) situates workers within a glamorized neoliberal knowledge society platform that causes invisible work to be devalued. And the myth that anyone can manage digital materials arises. In her words:

“So, CCM workers in the course of their work render content visible or invisible, while simultaneously remaining invisible themselves. In the world of CCM, the sign of a good job is to leave no sign at all. And yet the mediation work done by CCM workers goes directly to shaping the landscape of social media and the UGC-dominated Internet that we all participate in, where platforms exist simply as empty vessels for users to fill up with whatever they will, and for CCM workers to act in effect as a gatekeeper between the users and platforms, providing brand protection on behalf of the companies and the platform owners, which they demand.” (Roberts, 2016)

IRs through a neoliberal perspective position librarians and archivists as user generated content (UGC) mediators responsible only for uploading digital files and adding basic metadata into a system. This paradigm causes ignorance to professional digital curation labor issues and the value of the IR. Dorothea Salo (2010)  writes that IR software platforms are ideology driven, riddled with problematic system architectures unable to keep up with user needs, and have to be reframed to recover from failure. The IR failure is not caused solely by technological inadequacies, but lack of institutional support for IR professionals. This connects to Steven Hill (2016) who outlines the dangers of giving into the rhetoric of technology being a change force and disruptor. There are advantages to having new technologies at our fingertips, but are we thinking about labor consequence? New technologies make it easier for institutions to maximize profits using contract, temporary, grant, and part-time workforce. So often IRs are seen as a bolt-on digital initiative instead of a core library function. Investment is expensive in austere environments, profits and savings need to be communicated. Initiatives and supplementary services rarely have long-term monetary support relying on grants, repurposing budgets from other programs, or doing something with nothing. It takes collaboration, time, strategy, relationship building, and educating our designated communities about digital preservation for IRs to move beyond the temporary.

Librarian and archivist roles have been and continue to dramatically change as positions are rewritten and new roles emerge. Lee and Tibbo (2011) present digital curation knowledge expertise needed in LIS graduate curricula highlighting digital collections and archives sustainability being dependent on the expertise of digital curation specialists not just technically, but socially. “In order for digital collections to be sustainable over time, the actors responsible for the archives must continuously have appropriate expertise, resources, and a political/institutional mandate to carry out the work required. Given the cost and complexity of digital archives, as well as the potential to exploit the rich sets of relationships across individual collections, coordination of work across social boundaries (institutional, regional, disciplinary, organizational, and professional) is also important.” (2011) Additionally looking at the SHERPA document Institutional Repositories: Staff and Skills Set (2009) professional digital curation skills are paramount. Two years after these publications were released, Kim, et. al (2013) brings to light increasingly job titles and description analysis between 2011-2013 for digital curation competencies. Only 40% of jobs require functional skills for curation of digital objects while the most advertisements emphasize traditional information technology skills. This connects to the IR oriented jobs that evoke images of unicorns showing up on the job market. We know these positions when we say outloud to our computer screens, “Good luck to whomever gets that job!”, “No one is going to be able to do all that work!”, “There aren’t any benefits and the pay below only 50k?”, “I could get paid more as a technologist outside libraries.”, “Wow, am I  going to have to go back to school and get another master’s degree?”. IR jobs created by and for under resourced university libraries continues to force the profession to do more with less and quick job burnout. When we see  IR job descriptions heavily aimed at IT project management and computer science skills as top of priorities are we thinking about the cost to the LIS professional values or just giving the neoliberal solution academia thinks it needs?

We are not being asked to question and reflect on our labor practices and situations. Chris Bourg (2014) and Stacie Williams (2016) speak about our professional labors being mentality steeped in neoliberalism at odds with its core values, such as democracy, diversity, the public good and social responsibility. Neoliberalism forces IR librarians and archivists to be purely information technology centric who value storage and output metrics instead of professional digital special collections stewards with abilities to oversee active and long-term digital curation work. The institutional view that IT skills will be “the” infrastructure solutions pushing aside professional IR managers ethical values.

It brings hard realities and questions to face like what does a librarian do and what historically has been the value of the library professional? What is the correlation to the transition of Library & Information Science schools to Information schools?  What are we taking about when we remove “Library”? Who will be in charge of teaching information literacy, outreach, preservation, and advocacy?

Notes from the June New England RDM Roundtable Discussion

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:30

The third New England Research Data Management Roundtable was held this summer on June 8th, at the Theology and Ministry Library at Boston College, Brighton Campus. This roundtable was the third in a planned series of roundtable discussions targeted for New England librarians who are engaged in research data management services or who want to learn more about data librarianship. Sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, the NE RDM Roundtables provide opportunities for New England librarians to compare notes, ask questions, share lessons learned, explore new working models, acquire fresh ideas for their workplaces and develop new partnerships.

Prior to the roundtable discussions, April Clyburne-Sherin from the Center for Open Science presented on the Open Science Framework (OSF). April is the Reproducible Research Evangelist at the Center for Open Science where she conducts workshops on open and reproducible research practices for scientists and students. She opened her presentation talking about reproducibility of research, and advocated for the role of librarians in open research. April walked through a demonstration of the OSF, an open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. The attending librarians were very happy to share their thoughts and suggestions for improving the OSF, particularly tools for the platform to integrate with.

In the afternoon roundtable discussions, librarians from multiple New England institutions discussed the topic “One-Shot Workshop Skills & Stories.” For something new at this event, the program was divided into two parts: the first part allowed participants to address discussion questions in small groups; the second part featured a group discussion in which attendees were able to share anecdotes and tools they are using in their research data management instruction.

For the small table discussions, members of the planning group moderated the discussion and prompted the group with multiple questions related to one-shot workshop instruction. The open forum during the second part of the day provided many different teaching stories, experiences, models and materials librarians are using in their RDM instruction.

The following is a summary of discussion questions, attendee responses and comments from the June Roundtable Discussion and Sharing:



One Shot Instruction: Discussion Questions

  • What has your experience been in teaching one-shot data management instruction?
  • How does the topic of one-shot instruction impact how you teach?
  • How does the audience (faculty vs. student; general vs. subject-specific) impact how you teach one-shots?
  • How do you publicize one-shot sessions?
  • What makes a one-shot instruction session successful?
  • How could one-shot instruction efforts be improved?

Question 1: What has your experience been in teaching one-shot data management instruction?

Comments on the experience of doing RDM instruction:

  • Needs ideas of RDM, Small liberal arts school, no graduates, students and faculty still need this; IR needs data deposits; faculty asking – don’t’ want to push something people aren’t asking for
  • Getting up to speed
  • Getting library colleagues up to speed
  • Still fact finding
  • Just me, have to try to get volunteers
  • Having trouble catching up because of all the new info
  • Every outreach effort has gotten follow-up in some form (repetition)
  • Have done surveys periodically [what about having a pool of shared surveys/survey questions?]
  • It’s been helpful to meet with faculty for orientation, trying to work more with sponsored programs office
  • Interest from those who never come to library sessions
  • There is some reluctance/fear
  • Merge infrastructure – no library director
  • Surprised how people were alarmed by how little they new

Types of one-shot instruction:

  • Generally organizes workshops, but recently starting to do small things with 20 minute one-shots, e.g., file-naming
  • Includes DM in her instructional sessions, within the classes she’s already teaching.
  • 1 hour to 1.5 hours
  • A few times a year
  • Did basic libguide on it
  • Responsible Conduct of Research – 3 mentions; 1 includes medical center
  • Library workshops
  • Lab meetings
  • Orientations
  • Class invites
  • Grants – training grants
  • OSP
  • One on one’s
  • Presenting for Faculty
  • Data management team
  • 4 classes, 1 symposium, & 1 workshop for staff
  • 2 undergrad, 3 grad (2 of which included faculty)
  • Got into classes
  • 1, 1-shot workshop, so at very beginning
  • Part of required grad student responsible conduct certificate
  • Soup to nuts, what is data management session
  • Part of larger series of research sessions

Disciplines and/or Topics:

  • Teaches DM to grad students in chemistry, ties it into safety training, one–shot, one hour
  • Chemistry has need
  • Integrated in on-boarding process with labs
  • Data management best practices
  • DMP Tool as topic/tool
  • Services software – LabArchives & Agelient
  • Best practices to people adopting RDM lab notebooks
  • Data discovery
  • Find data on social media/web/databases
  • Religion/sociology students
  • Storytelling for data workshop
  • Best practices for file management/naming/etc.
  • Talked to undergrads about images/digital media
  • For grads was part of research ethics class (open data discussion)
  • Mostly overviews but one on metadata & documentation
  • Reached out to different depts., biggest success was chemistry
  • Lifecycle, best practices, data citation, are all covered (iterative process)

Potential partners for one-shot instruction: 

  • Have partnered with subject specialists (co-teaching with libraries liaison when possible)
  • Academic Research Council
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Institutional Advancement
  • IRB
  • Lots of partnerships/collaborations

Question 2: How does the topic of one-shot instruction impact how you teach?

  • Try to create hands-on activities.
  • Often just striving for awareness, perhaps the overview, moving from granularity to overview
  • We get just one chance… a-z in an hour… focus on examples in their discipline… e.g., chemistry … relevant repositories or chemical structures
  • Fit in time restraint
  • Get into to assets, be aware of who can help then don’t have to get 100% of content; see a face, a name, make connection
  • One-shot = “their own small flow”
  • Impact – fabric of expertise intra/extra
  • Keep things simple
  • Visual/verbal
  • Handouts
  • Websites
  • Research guides/libguides

Question 3: How does the audience (faculty vs. student; general vs. subject-specific) impact how you teach one-shots?

  • Grad student seminars / UG design/methods
  • Heterogeneous audiences, physicians, residents, grad students, it’s difficult putting together workshops when you don’t know your audience
  • Different audiences have different outcomes… e.g., masters students going off to be internships… come back with data for your thesis
  • Clinicians may take calls, important to consider cognitive load… i.e., exam tomorrow. i.e., grand rounds simultaneously going on
  • Different follow-up materials prepared for different audiences. As I tailor the content, I tailor the follow-up. Annotates the follow-up especially if it doesn’t work.
  • Faculty are different scenario
  • Doctoral students – basic info, then more
  • International students – ESL – different ways to interpret information
  • Tailor it to that group – examples/repos/databases/topics (discipline specific)
  • Something people can get excited about

Question 4: What makes a one-shot instruction session successful?

  • When the light bulb goes off, when I get follow-up questions, when they send students to me… when they come to office hours. I hand out an evaluation.
  • Open workshops. Largely grad students and post docs show up. Very basic topics. Uses clickers to avoid embarrassment, no one is worse than anyone else. Sell on benefits of good practice.
  • Not flooding
  • You come away with 3: who I am; where to find me; help we can give
  • Number of attendees doesn’t matter – each connection can grow into relationship

Question 5: What kind of help would you want? How could one-shot instruction efforts be improved?

  • Programmatic requirements
  • Competencies: if we had them in place, easier to get entry into the classes
  • Mandates are helpful. U. Mass Med collaborative curriculum fabulous. Sessions like todays are very helpful. We librarians need to put our research out there
  • How do we start doing research if we haven’t done it yet?
  • Does it need to be scholarly research? Is program evaluation good enough? Elaine Martin’s research class most useful.
  • Would like more basic skill sets / info for data management workshop content
  • Difficult workshop history, not a lot of buy-in, so have been going more into classes
  • Vice provost for research
  • IT – security
  • Need the “cream in the OREO” to bring halves together
  • We should be on top of this when people come running

Question 6: For those offering one-shot workshops, what advise can you give to those who are just getting started/planning one-shot workshop instruction?

  • If not involved in research, get involved
  • Show up
  • Getting help from colleagues from IT, RB, grants, office of research, etc.
  • Communicate as much as possible; what outcome would the faculty like?
  • Office of sponsored research – talk to them about what they are doing
  • Address specific needs
  • Shadow someone else, who is teaching the workshops
  • Work directly with a researcher to see how they get it done
  • NECDMC & eScience Portal
  • Look at funding guidelines
  • Good marketing for workshops is really helpful
  • Tapping into a system already in place is really helpful
  • Sometimes take individual to lunch, get a better idea of their research
  • Targeting is very important
  • Focus on solving problems, finding partners on campus & making people aware of it. Try to do pre-workshop surveys to see what people are looking for. A lot of times people are unaware of services on campus that might address data management

General Comments:

  • Need plan that makes sense for organization
  • It should be compatible with info lit classes
  • Uses research data lifecycle
  • Not as targeted as they would like
  • DMP tool currently not being used

Big Follow-Up Questions:

  • Do we know they want to learn this?
  • Barrier between bench sciences vs. arts/humanities?
  • Compliance – becoming more robust?
  • Why isn’t RDM more integrated into scholarly communications?


Another New England Science Bootcamp Experience from MAHSLIN Member Nathan Norris

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:30

Post by Nathan Norris, Information Specialist Manager Circulation, Agoos Medical Library, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Affiliated Libraries

Originally posted on The blog of the Massachusetts Health Science Libraries Network

MAHSLIN Professional Development Award – Thank you!

Hi everyone,

I am pleased to be supported by the MAHSLIN Professional Development award – much appreciated!

And, I was fortunate enough to use this to attend a day of the New England Science Bootcamp for librarians – The 2016 conference took place on the UMass Dartmouth campus in Dartmouth, MA from Wednesday, June 15th – Friday, June 17th, 2016. I attended sessions on Thursday, June 16th.

Nathan Norris, MLS, AHIP

What is the Science Bootcamp?

From the program organizers:

“Science Boot Camp is a 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its eighth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond—and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada! Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.”

The planning committee for the program consisted of science librarians from a number of institutions including University of Massachusetts -Amherst, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, and College of the Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts –Boston, Worcester Polytechnic and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In addition to the main programming, the planning committee does a great job providing fun, local activities such as campus, library and museum tours. This time, the festivities included a trip to the New Bedford Whaling museum. I must also give kudos to the organizers for offering single day registrations which included meals, as well as the multiple day option which included meals and lodging – all very flexible and at a very reasonable cost!

The 3 science topics for this years’ conference were Nursing, Physics and Engineering.  Following the main presentations, there was a capstone program on science literacy which focused on finding, reading and understanding primary literature.

Each of the 3 main topic areas were covered by at least 2 speakers – the first speaker providing an overview of the field followed by a speaker presenting specific research.

While I attended a portion of the presentations on Physics, I will focus on the Nursing content of the program, which is the reason I attended this year.  For the Nursing segment, there were 3 speakers.

The first speaker presented a history of nursing. The second speaker discussed nurse training, the nature of the nursing field and broad areas of nursing research. The third presented specific nursing research.  I will provide an overview of each presentation.

Science Bootcamp Nursing Segment Overview:

Speaker: Sharon Keating

The first presentation was done by Sharon Keating. Sharon is a lecturer in the Department of Community Nursing at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Sharon provided attendees with a nursing timeline and historical milestones which marked specific nursing “eras”. In doing this, she provided us with background on a number of nursing luminaries such as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton (American Red Cross Founder) and Lilian Walt (Considered the first “Public Health” Nurse).  Additionally, she provided attendees with context for the evolution of nursing roles care and how major events and legislation such as Medicare & Medicaid, the Vietnam War, the HIV/ AIDS epidemic and the effect of the Accountable Care Act (ACA) have changed the nursing field.

Sharon’s presentation has been posted to YouTube.

While Sharon didn’t discuss much of this in her talk, her research interest is in the use of technology and social media to improve adolescent/emerging adult health and healthcare.  You can read one of her articles on text messaging as a health intervention for adolescents here (free):

Systematic review of text messaging as an intervention for adolescent obesity
Keating, Sharon R., McCurry, Mary K. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Volume 27, Issue 12, pages 714–720, December 2015.

Keep reading — there’s more! Nathan’s entire post:



Job Opportunity: Engineering Research & Instruction Librarian @TischLibrary

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 16:30

Posted on behalf of Megan Bresnahan, Team Lead for Sciences, Social Sciences & Engineering, Tisch Library, Tufts University

Position Opening: Engineering Research & Instruction Librarian
Tufts University, Medford MA
Applications received by August 29, 2016 will be given priority review

Tufts University is recruiting a new Engineering Librarian! This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of creative and collaborative librarians as part of the Sciences, Social Sciences & Engineering Team in the Tisch Library.  Educational or professional experience in engineering is NOT required; we are most interested in candidates who will bring a commitment to our users, a passion for teaching, and an interest in creating new partnerships that support research and scholarship in STEM disciplines. 

This position explores ways for engineering learners to ethically use and contribute to science and technology information in order to improve sustainability and well-being in our society. Reporting to the Team Lead for Sciences, Social Sciences & Engineering, the successful candidate will design, teach, and assess information literacy instruction, including digital, data, and scholarly communication literacies, primarily for the School of Engineering at Tufts University. The position will work to enhance connections with engineering learning communities to support student self-sufficiency and academic success. 

For a full description or to apply, see:

Upcoming Webinar: TIND (@TINDTech)

e-Science Portal blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:30

Announcement from Chris Erdmann:

Upcoming webinar Tind.io is offering on August 25th at 12pm EDT:

TIND is an official CERN spin-off providing cloud-based ILS and repository systems, powered by CERN open source technology.

TIND’s newest application is a research data repository. The platform is based on CERN’s data management platforms Zenodo and CERN Open Data (managing over 300TB of data). The TIND data repository has the ability to manage, visualize and preserve all research data and software, as well as generate and assign DOIs to new uploads.

The TIND ILS is a next-generation library management system designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized academic and research libraries. One year ago, Caltech opted for TIND as their next-generation ILS. If your current ILS has too much legacy functionality (you’re not using but paying for), feels outdated and does not offer modern workflows, the TINDILS might be of interest to you.

Curious about TIND? Join our webinar to learn more about:

  • Our next-gen ILS based on CERN technology
  • Our new application for RDM based on Zenodo & CERN Open Data
  • Examples of existing installations/customers and why they chose TIND

When: August 25th, 12:00 pm EDT
Where: WebEx (invite will be sent out)
Length: 45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes Q&A

Sign up here: http://info.tind.io/webinar

The Virtuous Cycle—Using SHARE and Contributing Open Data to the Community

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 16:30

Submitted by Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Data Services Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis Libraries & Visiting Program Officer, SHARE, Association of Research Libraries

The Virtuous Cycle—Using SHARE and Contributing Open Data to the Community

How fortuitous that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) released The Open Data Imperative: How the Cultural Heritage Community Can Address the Federal Mandate at the end of July. Many of the recommendations suggested in the document were common messages throughout the SHARE Hackathon & Community Meeting, which took place Monday, July 11–Thursday, July 14, 2016.

As the CLIR report highlights, open source infrastructure and open data are integral to the accessibility of research data and necessary to fully support the recent federal mandates. SHARE is building a free and open dataset of scholarly activities throughout their lifecycle, developed with open source technology and featuring open tools (such as an API and an alerting system). The theme of this year’s meeting focused on the virtuous cycle of community contributions to an open project that also supports and advances local needs.

A two-day Hackathon began the SHARE festivities. Approximately 40 people gathered from the Charlottesville, Virginia area, Johns Hopkins University, Iowa State University, the University of Virginia, and the University of California, San Diego, among others, to work collaboratively on improving the SHARE data set and advancing projects. Outcomes of the hackathon included prototyping the transformation of SHARE JSON into JSON-LD, a functional mock-up of a SHARE institutional dashboard, the development of a SHARE metadata data dictionary for the new SHARE schema, bug fixes, and more.

The SHARE Community Meeting included 26 working and discussion sessions, workshops, project updates, and presentations. Many of these centered around open data, service-learning pedagogy, and use cases of the SHARE dataset.

The meeting kicked off on Wednesday, July 13, with a keynote by UVA Media Studies and Law Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, who spoke on “The Operating System of Our Lives: How Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple Plan to Manage Everything”. In this talk, Vaidhyanathan encouraged the audience to think critically of how proprietary, commercial organizations (such as Google, Facebook, and others) know very personal details about all of us, including where we are playing Pokemon Go! and our routes and travel times to work. This information is also often collected without much regulation or governance, which is what Vaidhyanathan recommends must be the next discussion. The closed nature of all of these systems and Vaidhyanathan’s keynote, laid a strong foundation for the open scholarly infrastructure discussed throughout the community meeting.

This type of infrastructure is important because it builds and leverages applications that are community driven and open for contribution. The session “Related Projects across the Ecosystem” included a facilitated talk by Gary Price of InfoDocket who provided an overview of search tools for open data and two brief talks by Karen Hanson of Portico and Lisa Johnston from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Hanson reported on the RMap project, specifically the RMap DiSCO, or Distribution Scholarly Compound Object. In brief, this project is developing open infrastructure to visualize and link scholarly outputs, such as data, articles, citations, and code as linked data. Currently, RMap is using SHARE to find related outputs and connect them in a RMap DiSCO. Johnston reported on a new initiative for a shared staffing model for curation services, called the Data Curation Network. This project is building capacity and models for data curation services that support institutional missions to preserve and disseminate the local scholarly record. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and Rebecca Kennison, Principal of K|N Consultants, also provided project updates on Humanities CORE and SocArXiv. These two projects give humanists and social scientists new, open platforms for scholarly communication. They are also both platforms that feed into the SHARE data set.

One discussion that also garnered many attendees, was the use of the SHARE data set for research data discovery. This session, also led by Lisa Johnston, focused on how SHARE may support public access to research data sets and what steps would be required to build capacity in this area. While the CLIR report mentioned the development of a Research Data Commons to support the FAIR principles, this is complicated given the many subject data repositories, general data repositories, institutional data repositories, and funder data repositories already in use by researchers. Given this, using the SHARE API to aggregate metadata from these disparate data repositories and facilitate the searching across it, is a reasonable approach. To do this, the group developed a number of strategies, the first of which is to assess the availability of metadata from the data repositories listed in re3data.org and those who have received the Data Seal of Approval.

The CLIR report also included a number of recommendations for curriculum, education, and training around curation and data handling. Jeff Spies, co-founder and CTO of the Center for Open Science (COS) and co-lead of SHARE, led a session on how to implement a “Service-Learning Pedagogy at Your Institution”. This session provided attendees with an overview of how real-world, meaningful projects, such as the Open Science Framework and SHARE, can be used to develop technical and critical thinking skills in interns and student assistants. Using the service-learning pedagogical approach, students build things they can put on their resume, they learn how to learn, and they contribute to important projects.

An additional session on pedagogy, led by University of Missouri, Columbia Assistant Professor Heather Moulaison Sandy, focused on modularizing curation and technical skills to create open educational resources. Building upon work previously piloted, these reusable modules would enhance technical confidence, while contributing to the SHARE initiative.

A program highlight from the meeting included a two hour hands-on IPython workshop, led by SHARE developer, Erin Braswell. This workshop taught attendees how to access the SHARE API, run complex queries, and export the SHARE data into different formats for analysis or integration into local systems, all while using open source tools and open data.

Metadata was also a significant topic in the CLIR report and the SHARE meeting. As a critical component to public access, the quality and completeness of metadata cannot be undervalued. The Community Meeting was an opportunity for SHARE to release its new metadata schema. Given the flexibility of SHARE’s technical infrastructure, it is not necessary for providers to strictly conform to the SHARE schema, rather, by simply having the values of similar elements open and available for harvesting, the metadata can be crosswalked by COS developers.

Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia Libraries, and Prue Adler, Associate Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, led a discussion on “Community Needs for Open Metadata Legal Guidance”. Fueled by questions over the copyright status of many metadata element values, such as subject terms or abstracts, session attendees recommended: (1) more education for librarians around these rights, (2) advice on how to negotiate any terms of agreement, and (3) the development of a community statement on metadata rights and sharing that could be signed off on by institutions and organizations.

The SHARE Community Meeting was a jam-packed and energizing few days of community work around the SHARE dataset and open infrastructure and data in general. Above is just a sample of the many engaging sessions, but all of the Community Meeting notes and many of the presentations are available through the Open Science Framework. If you are interested in be part of the SHARE community or working on any of these projects, get in touch at: info@share-research.org.


2016 New England Science Boot Camp Videos Live!

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 16:30

The video recordings of the presentations from the Summer New England Science Boot Camp are now available on the New England Region eScience Program YouTube page

If you didn’t get to attend the 2016 New England Science Boot Camp that was held June 15-17th at UMass Dartmouth, no worries.  And if you did attend boot camp, but would like the opportunity to review the interesting presentations, you can do that too!

The 2016 SBC Science Sessions and Capstone Program are now available on the Science Boot Camp 2016 YouTube playlist.


Check them out!  And if you’d like to find out more about New England Science Boot Camp, check out the 2016 Science Boot Camp LibGuide or all past SBC events!

A Field Day (or Three) for an Aspiring Science Librarian

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:30

Three library school students won scholarships to attend New England Science Boot Camp 2016, hosted at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth June 15-17. Over the next few weeks we will feature blog posts written by our award recipients describing their SBC experiences.

Our final blog post is from winner Tyler Kroon, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University

A Field Day (or Three) for an Aspiring Science Librarian

As a first year M.L.I.S. student from Kent State University in Ohio, I was overjoyed to discover I had earned a scholarship to attend the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians this summer. Three days and two nights nerding-out over science with fellow librarians, while learning more about the career I’m pursuing? How can you beat that?

Not only was this conference an amazing opportunity for me to network with my future coworkers, but I got to hear some fascinating talks from well-known experts in their fields. Dr. Chris Swan from Tufts University talked to us about civil and environmental engineering, through sharing the history of civil engineering and busting the myth that it’s all about bridges and roads. That same night we got to hear from Dr. Richard Connor from UMass Dartmouth, who gave an immensely entertaining talk about the complex social behavior of dolphins (did you know they’re opportunists and form alliances just to use the other members to their advantage?).

The next day we were lucky enough to hear from Dr. Kristen Sethares, who shared her research with us on using mobile devices to promote self-care in patients diagnosed with heart failure. Another myth busted: heart failure is not synonymous with heart attack. We also heard a hilarious overview of physics from Dr. Guy Blaylock of UMass Amherst, who shared many insights into the subject, such as how to tell the difference between experimental and theoretical physicists! We ended that day on a cosmically-massive note, hearing Dr. Gaurav Khanna of UMass Dartmouth explain the work he does with the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Project, and how this achievement completely revolutionizes the way we study the final frontier. This project is a shoe-in for a Nobel Prize, and as such it was incredibly fascinating to hear from someone so intimately involved in such an epic venture.

We wrapped up the conference on Friday with Dr. Marja Bakermans of Worcester Polytechnic Institute giving a short talk on the topic of science literacy before we split up into small groups and discussed how to promote science literacy among our students. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a more eye-opening, educational, and genuinely fun conference to go to, and the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians definitely helped me solidify my decision to pursue science librarianship as a career.

Be sure to read the other blog posts from winners Sarah and Christina.

Congratulations again to our three student scholarship winners! Thank you for sharing your experiences, and we wish you the best of luck in your studies! Maybe we will see you at another New England Science Boot Camp when you graduate!


2016 New England Science Boot Camp Blog Post

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:30

Three library school students won scholarships to attend New England Science Boot Camp 2016, hosted at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth June 15-17. Over the next few weeks we will feature blog posts written by our award recipients describing their SBC experiences.

Our next blog post is from winner Christina Flood, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College.

2016 New England Science Boot Camp Blog Post

Being able to participate in the 2016 New England Science Boot Camp for Librarian’s at UMass Dartmouth was a wonderful and eye opening experience.  The conference from start to finish was comprised of lectures in a wide variety of the medical, physical and biological sciences. Each lecture began with a brief overview of the scientific field being presented and was followed by an example of original research by an expert in the field. I felt this format was an excellent way to present the different science disciplines. Everyone has a different area of expertise and through this format everyone can be on the same page and enjoy the presentations. This year’s lectures covered Civil Engineering and introduced many of us to the fact that this field is more than building bridges and roadways. Civil Engineering involves the study of the population and its complex culture, natural resources, hazards and numerous other factors. The information gathered from this research can help engineers develop resolutions on how to prevent the destruction of communities from natural and manmade disasters.

In the field of Marine Biology we heard a fascinating lecture on the social patterns of Dolphins in Shark Bay in Australia.  Through this lecture we learned about the intricate social groups that develop in the dolphin communities providing alliances and protection to its members.

One of my favorite lectures from this year’s boot camp was on physics. In this presentation we were introduced to the current research on gravitational waves and how just recently Albert Einstein’s prediction of their existence was proven factual. According to the expert, gravitational waves can be picked up from the solar system by equipment at the different LIGO centers and can provide us with a glimpse into the solar system’s history. Gravitational waves have recently shown scientists the merging of black holes in the solar system which happened millions of years ago. Over time I am sure this science will be perfected even more and provide us with even more information on the history of the solar system.

The Science Boot Camp for Librarians covered a wide array of subject matter in the sciences. These lectures provided the librarians and future librarians in attendance with a wealth of knowledge and resources that they will be able to use to help patrons find materials in the different disciplines. I highly recommend attending the next science boot camp as it will connect you with professionals in the field of library science and provide you with valuable resources that you can take to your job and for your own personal enjoyment.

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