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A Love Note for #LYD17: Love Your Data Week

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:30

Posted on behalf of the LYD Week Planning Committee:
Thea Atwood, Michelle Bass, Heather Coates, Patti Condon, Erin Foster, Carla Graebner, Cinthya Ippoliti, Renaine Julian, Sebastian Karcher, Inna Kouper, Amy Neeser, Melissa Ratajeski

Love Your Data Week is right around the corner on February 13-17, 2017!

This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career.  Visit our website: https://loveyourdata.wordpress.com/ or follow us on Twitter #LYD17 or #loveyourdata to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond!

Please tell us if you plan to participate and we will list your institution’s name on the site so we can continue to grow the community of data lovers.

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Webinar Series Continues!

e-Science Portal blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 12:30

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program is pleased to announce the spring semester of The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

This semester will cover computing, data modeling, and overarching topics. The series will run through May, meeting once per week at 12noon-1pm Eastern Time/9am-10am Pacific Time.

To join the lecture: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/341938597813942273 

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center, the BD2K Centers Coordination Center, and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.

The following topics will be covered in January through May of 2017:

1/6/17:   Computing Overview (Patricia Kovatch, Mount Sinai)
1/13/17: Workflows/pipelines (Rommie Amaro, UCSD)
1/20/17: Running a Data Science Lab (Trey Ideker, UCSD)
1/27/17: Modern Computing: Cloud, Parallel, Distributed, HPC (Umit Catalyurek, GA Tech)
2/3/17:   Commons: lessons learned, current state (Vivien Bonazzi, NIH)

2/10/17: Data Modeling Overview (Rafael Irizarry, Harvard)
2/17/17: Supervised Learning (Daniela Witten, U Washington)
2/24/17: Unsupervised Learning (Ali Shojaie, U Washington)
3/3/17:   Algorithms, incl. Optimization (Pavel Pevzner, UCSD)
3/10/17: Bayesian inference (Mike Newton, U Wisconsin)
3/17/17: Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data (Lance Waller, Emory)
3/24/17: Causal inference (Joe Hogan, Brown)
3/31/17: Data Visualization tools and communication (Nils Gehlenborg, Harvard)
4/7/17:   Modeling Synthesis (John Harer, Duke)

4/14/17: Open science (Brian Nosek, UVa)
4/21/17: Data sharing (Christine Borgman and Irene Pasquetto, UCLA)
4/28/17: Ethical Issues (Bartha Knoppers, McGill)
5/5/17:   Reproducible Research (John Ionnaidis, Stanford)
5/12/17: Additional considerations for clinical data (Zak Kohane, Harvard)
5/19/17: BD2K Guide Summary & NIH Context (Phil Bourne, National Institutes of Health)

The first semester of the series covered Data Management and Data Representation. To see archived presentations, go to: http://www.bigdatau.org/data-science-seminars.

Notes from the November 2016 New England RDM Roundtable Discussion

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:30

The fourth New England Research Data Management Roundtable was held November 15, 2016 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. This roundtable was the fourth 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.

Coupled with the afternoon roundtable discussions, the morning session focused on ‘data visualization.’ Featured were two presentations from visualization experts from the area speaking about data visualization and connections to and collaborations with the library from the perspective of non-librarians:

Steven Braun, Data Analytics and Visualization Specialist
Northeastern University Libraries Digital Scholarship Group
Steven shared insights about his work with data visualizations, the services he supports at Snell Library, and also some challenges he has encountered with data visualization. One main challenge Steven voiced is how to provide general support for data visualization which is very interdisciplinary and includes many broad subject disciplines. Steven also proposed several questions for librarians to think about: why should the library offer data viz services; how do you measure the impact of your services; how do you provide that broad support; and how can you collaborate within & outside the library?

Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator
Brown University Library
Patrick started his presentation a ‘tour’ of the Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) at Brown University and spoke about the types of services his is offering. Patrick went on to highlight the many different types of visualizations that exist, and coupled those with the types of skills one needs for different visualization types and services. We must think about what “data visualization” means, and also what a data visualization “specialist” is. Related to Steven’s presentation point about data viz being an interdisciplinary subject, a data viz specialist must also, therefore, have a wide variety of skills in order to support a wide range of services. Patrick points out that while he works with people specifically on creating data visualizations through coding and design, he must also take on roles of a manager or coordinator to run the DSL at Brown.

After the presentations, participants also had the opportunity to tour the UNH’s Data Visualization Research Lab, located in the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab. The DVRL is collaborating with many departments on campus to convey research results in ways that are easy to understand and comprehend. They are using interactive and cutting-edge technology, such as virtual reality, to create data visualizations that do just that! Check out some of the work they are producing on their website: http://ccom.unh.edu/vislab

In the afternoon roundtable discussions, librarians from multiple New England institutions discussed the topic “Event Planning and Outreach.” Members of the planning group moderated the discussion and prompted the group with multiple questions related to planning and marketing events.

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

Topic 1: Event Planning

Question 1: What events have you planned in the past, and how did you determine what the event would cover?

  • Events that targeted at librarians
  • Review what to cover, the scope, and the learning objectives by surveying the environment.
  • Used surveys, evaluations from previous sessions, local network, and from advisory groups to determine event topics
    More experience with one-on-one consultations
  • 3-credit class instruction with lots of guest speakers
  • Currently working with grants—about grant searching and trying to get involved at the start of the grant process
  • Scholarly communications class on data management—did not have a lot of attendance but thought the class was good
  • OA Week: multiple no show events
  • Just getting started, no events yet
  • Poorly attended workshops but students were very excited by them—urged them to “tell your friends,” but still very low attendance
  • Liberal Arts free lunch for faculty, with Provost in attendance—good turnout, but they expected more specific instruction on how to manage their data
  • LibGuide on RDM, presented using it to Teaching, Learning & Research (liaison librarians and a few others)
  • Planning a workshop for liaison librarians—what they should be doing to get up to speed
  • PPT for DM tweaked for different audiences around campus
  • Brought in a guest speaker that taught librarians about data management and being a liaison, worked with a data committee to include the library and connected and then offered him as a speaker to the whole university community
  • While there’s interest, the library is still struggling with skills and how to obtain them
  • Student need/Faulty need spurred in how they need help tackling data

Question 2: What components of your events were successful or unsuccessful?

  • Classes need student and faculty feedback—but it’s a great way for libraries to learn about the classes they are offering
  • Short topics and short events seemed to garner more interest and more attendance “library pop-up sessions”
  • Used button maker with success
  • Use 3 x 5 format—3 slides and 5 minutes
  • Food, raffles, contests, working with faculty
  • How to connect workshops to the curriculum of the faculty you support—try to add value to the classes
  • Good lures can be food, wine, and cheese (if possible!)
  • Have the right pitch for what the library is—we need to think about what we are communicating to faculty about our efforts and how to communicate the library’s mission
  • For faculty research is a process—try to use mind mapping or scaffolding tools to try to understand their process
  • We need to avoid being a “tool bag”—how to brand our workshops and services to be more than a bag of tools
  • Communicate transferable skills—connect skills to other skills in real life such as tasks on information management

Question 3: How would you adapt what you offer now based on what you’ve learned?

  • Need to limit it to specifics and make the title more specific
  • Really important to have a great title or your workshop.
  • Better marketing & better timing
  • What can we do other than workshops?
  • One on one is terrific, but not scalable
  • If faculty encourage their students to attend, they attend. How to get faculty to do this?
  • Much better buy-in with certain departments/areas where you may have an especially good liaison relationship
  • Have students give you appointment times that work for them, and then trick them into coming to a group session!
  • Possible to incorporate some DM training into subject area training
  • Talk about data management as “workflow management” or “project management”
  • Make faculty understand that it is important for their students to learn DM best practices as part of their overall education
  • Working with data services to see how they can connect, connecting with each digital aspects of campus

Question 4: Who did you collaborate with to plan your events?

  • “New Blood”—new librarians that inspire and bring energy
  • Talking to other librarians and seeing how data literacy and data visualization
  • Office of compliance helped advertise event
  • Trying to collaborate with IT
  • Office of Professional Development—very successful

Question 5: Were your events evaluated? What were the responses?

  • Try to capture the learning objects for review (take pictures)
  • Currently working with grants—about grant searching and trying to get involved at the start of the grant process (mixed reception about workshops)

Question 6: What other sources have inspired you when planning your events?

  • Information literature pedagogy
  • Problems in data management
  • Tools, methodology and pedagogy
  • Receive output, for example minute papers at the end of the session
  • Use the techniques done at software carpentry sessions
  • Links and surveys at the end of the session
  • Communicate with faculty to determine what information is needed
  • Get questions from Faculty about using R—more and more questions
Topic 2: Marketing and Advertising Events

Question 1: Are there campus partnerships established for promoting and incentivizing events?

  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • First year orientation at the beginning of the year
  • Diversity and Inclusion Office—market to support and assist groups
  • Think about language around hack-a-thons
  • Connecting the library with other groups at institutions for space in new buildings
  • Public services
  • Book talks
  • Graduate students through liaisons to each department
  • Use outside speakers like the Center for Open Science to help connect with new audiences
  • Grad students come when it’s rewarded with credit or grades
  • Good turnout when partnering with grad programs

Question 2: When are your events more popular? Are certain events more popular than others?

  • Successful events have been after 5pm
  • When faculty require that students attend
  • Location on campus is important to attendance

Question 3: Do you have a marketing plan at your library? Do you have an established group that facilitates marketing?

  • Many libraries with no marketing plan
  • Library with a marketing plan—it’s gone nowhere
  • Marketing can be a tough aspect for the event—but faculty liaisons can partner with departments and create well attended events and interests
  • Ideally, it’s a necessary thing for a team
  • One campus has social media people to help form tweets that connect with students and talking points for library services
  • Using student staff workers for social media has helped
  • Wish there was an intern program—like a grad student in marketing to help with marketing and outreach
  • Tweeting, emails, creating visuals
  • Facebook presence only—recommended using Buffer to schedule social media events throughout the week
  • You can create a Snapchat filter for the library’s spaces—every time a student posts they can choose the library as a geotag filter!
  • Not just posting library events, but also posting interesting information

Question 4: How do you target a particular audience?

  • Event coordination checklist—use from another partner on campus
  • Communicating campus-wide
  • Emailing groups
  • Have events list and list for tracking outreach
  • Talk to students while engaging in another activity
  • Tech talk—had a tech talk on mass catalog

Question 5: Have you ever marketed an event to a particular audience, only to have another one show up?

  • Trying to get graduate students to events, but more undergraduate seem to be attending
  • Some problems with only librarians showing up to events that are for faculty or graduate students

Question 6: How are your marketing efforts evaluated?

  • Social media stats
  • Using internal registration to see who’s coming
  • It’s important to find what’s more interesting with students—remove the disconnect and remember to connect with students

Upcoming NEASIST Event: Service Design

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

Posted on behalf of Kate Nyhan, Research and Education Librarian – Public Health,
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, kate.nyhan@yale.edu

Are you planning to rethink your library’s services, spaces, or systems in 2017?

Get a good start towards an ecosystem tailored for great user experience by participating in Service Design: The Holistic Experience.

Three Keynote Speakers
Six Participatory Breakout Sessions
Five Student Lightning Talks

With participatory breakout sessions and thoughtful keynotes, this one-day conference will give you the concepts you need to talk to stakeholders in your organization about service design. It will give you tools you can use to gather the data that will inform your organization’s service design discussions. It will give you a platform to share your ideas and experiences designing better services.

The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to participate in Service Design: The Holistic Experience.

Where: Simmons College in Boston
When: Thursday, 1/12/17, starting post-rush hour at 9:30 AM
Cost: $35-$75

Details and registration

Questions? Ask kate.nyhan@yale.edu or LChoy@wheelock.edu

Broken link? Try http://tinyurl.com/2017servicedesign

RDAP Registration and Call for proposals for posters, lightning talks, and more, now open!

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 15:00
The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, to be held April 19-21, 2017, in Seattle, WA, invites applications from managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers, for poster presentations, lightning talks, and “institutional snapshots” as described below.   Also, new this year, we invite attendees to “bring your current data challenge” to RDAP and discuss with other attendees to address, or begin to address, your challenge! This is described in more detail in the form.   Please submit proposals via https://goo.gl/forms/lf1kFcC2eIj6Ft4H2 by January 13th. All submissions will receive notification by January 27th.   To view proposal submission form questions prior to submission go to https://goo.gl/7Lz1JH      Questions can be directed to the RDAP Program Chairs, Brianna Marshall (brianna.marshall@wisc.edu ) and Yasmeen Shorish (shorisyl@jmu.edu).  

New Issue: Journal of eScience Librarianship

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:30
Volume 5, Issue 1 of the Journal of eScience Librarianship is now available!

The latest issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has been published! Volume 5, issue 1 looks at the evolution of JeSLIB in providing a variety of types of scholarship and asks the readership, among other questions, “What areas of focus would you like to see us pursue during the next four years?” The issue’s articles highlight the importance of gathering feedback and practicing assessment prior to implementing changes to established data services, investing in new data initiatives or developing librarian roles. The video articles and commentary provide insights into the future of data science and librarians professional development from an educator’s and practicing librarians points-of-view.

Table of Contents
Volume 5, Issue 1 (2016)

Charting a New Path:
The Evolution of the Journal of eScience Librarianship

Elaine R. Martin

A Librarian Out of the Library
T. Scott Plutchak

Full-Length Papers
Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions:
Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach

Andrew M. Johnson and Shelley Knuth

Assessment of and Response to Data Needs of Clinical and Translational Science Researchers and Beyond
Hannah F. Norton, Michele R. Tennant, Cecilia Botero, and Rolando Garcia-Milian

Discovery and Reuse of Open Datasets: An Exploratory Study
Sara Mannheimer, Leila Belle Sterman, and Susan Borda

From Plan to Action:
Successful Data Management Plan Implementation in a Multidisciplinary Project

Margaret H. Burnette, Sarah C. Williams, and Heidi J. Imker

Assessing the National Library of Medicine’s Informationist Awards
Ariel Deardorff MLIS, Valerie Florance Ph.D., and Alan VanBiervliet Ph.D.

Video Articles
eScience Symposium Reflections from Jian Qin:
Finding Inspiration for Librarians in Data Science

Jian Qin

eScience Symposium Reflections from Christopher Erdmann:
Redefining the Librarian’s Role in eScience

Christopher Erdmann

The full issue is available at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/vol5/iss1

Are you interested in submitting to JeSLIB? Please refer to the Author Guidelines at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html 

The Editorial Team, Journal of eScience Librarianship

Follow us on Twitter @JeSLIBJournal

2017 Science Boot Camp — Save the Date!

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:30
Save the Date for the 2017 New England Science Boot Camp!

It may be cold outside and the holiday lights are up, but it is already time to look forward to summer time and the annual Science Boot Camp for Librarians!

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 14-16, 2017 on the campus of University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 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 ninth 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 has inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field and a second scientist discussing their research applications within the field.

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions are still TBD!

For up-to-date information, visit http://guides.library.umass.edu/BootCamp2017

Please Save the Date for 2017 New England Science Boot Camp June 14-16, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!


The New England Science Boot Camp Planning Group

Data Reproducibility- Open Access Week Recap

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:36

Submitted by Portal Editor Ahlam Saleh (saleh1@email.arizona.edu), Research Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, on behalf of Chris Kollen.

Thank you to Chris Kollen for being our guest blogger for this post. Chris Kollen is the Data Curation Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries.

The University of Arizona (UA) Libraries has sponsored various programs during International Open Access Week for the past several years. The theme for this year’s Open Access week is “Open in Action” – encourages all researchers, students, and others to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same.
Transparency, integrity, and reproducibility are defining aspects of the scientific method. According to a survey conducted by Nature in 2016, 52% of the respondents agreed there is a “significant crisis of reproducibility”. During International Open Access Week this year, the UA Libraries sponsored a program, Data Reproducibility: Integrity and Transparency, an issue of prime interest to UA researchers.
The first speaker, Ivan Oransky, M.D., co-founded Retraction Watch in 2010 with Adam Marcus.
Dr. Oransky’s presentation, Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific
Publishing’s Wild West, discussed the increase in retractions, the reasons for the increase, whether or not fraud is on the increase, the growth of post-publication peer review, and other trends.
The second speaker was Anita Bandrowski from the University of California San Diego and lead for the Resource Reproducibility Initiative. Dr. Bandrowski presentation, To authenticate or Not to Authenticate? addressed the National Institute of Health requirement to authenticate Key Biological Resources for most grant proposals. She discussed what Key Biological Resources are, ongoing efforts to understand how to authenticate them, the journal response, practical steps to improve reporting of research in journal publications, and resources available.
Our third speaker was Christian Collberg, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the UA. Dr. Collberg’s presentation, Repeatability in Computer Systems Research described a study conducted with Dr. Todd Proebsting on the extent to which Computer Systems researchers share their code and data. They examined papers with results backed by code to see what fraction they would be able to obtain and build the code.
The program was one of the most successful Open Access programs the UA Libraries has sponsored! We are planning on making the recording of the program and the speaker’s slides
available at the University of Arizona’s Campus Repository

2017 eScience Symposium Call for Proposals!

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:30

Call for Proposals: Breakout Session and Poster Presentation Abstracts

The e-Science Symposium Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for participation at the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium, to be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

This year’s symposium theme “Libraries in Data Science: Addressing Gaps and Bridges” focuses on collaborations and opportunities for librarians becoming involved in data science at their institutions. Check out the confirmed agenda at the 2017 symposium conference page!

We are interested in receiving proposals for presentations, interactive workshops and posters that highlight librarians involved in collaborations with a research group, department, center, or lab on or off their respective academic campus.

Proposals should be tied to one of these four categories:

  1. Data Repositories (example: developing data repositories; advising researchers on discipline-specific repositories)
  2. Education/Training (example: data information literacy)
  3. Funding Agencies (example: writing data management plan templates for NIH)
  4. Institutional Models (example: solo data librarian vs center/team)

Breakout Sessions: 60 minute presentation or interactive workshop. Selected presenters will receive an honorarium and all travel expenses paid for by the NN/LM NER. All sessions will be video recorded and featured on the e-Science Symposium website. Because there are a limited number of breakout sessions, all presentation and interactive workshop proposals will be considered for a poster presentation.

The deadline for submitting a Breakout Session abstract is Wednesday, December 21st, 2016.
Proposal decisions will be made by Friday, January 20th, 2017

Poster Session: Awards to the Most Informative Poster in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Poster for Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall.

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session abstract is Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
Proposal decisions will be made by Friday, February 24th, 2017

Abstracts must follow the Medical Library Association guidelines for creating a structured abstract, as outlined at http://research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html.

Submission Process: Click on Submit Proposal in the left navigation pane to submit your proposal. The submitting/corresponding author will need to log in or create a free eScholarship@UMMS account. Follow the entry instructions for each field.  Before you begin the online submission process, please be sure you have the following items ready:

  • The submission’s title
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors
  • The abstract
  • A list of keywords

Electronic presentation materials (PowerPoints, PDFs, etc) will be required to be submitted by Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 to be posted on the e-Science Symposium website and stored permanently with a Creative Commons License in the eScholarship@UMMS Open Access Repository following the symposium.

To submit a proposal, please refer to the submission instructions.

Questions should be directed to Julie Goldman: Julie.Goldman@umassmed.edu.

Open Data: Keeping Up and Looking Forward

e-Science Portal blog - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 09:24

Submitted by Portal Editor Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, hmiller5@vcu.edu

Policies around data sharing have been quickly developing and changing, and much is still unclear. Below you’ll find three recently released resources to help you understand the current state of open data and anticipate the developments that are ahead.

SPARC Article and Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a new resource for understanding, comparing, and tracking federal agency policies on article and data sharing. A wide range of policy requirements are covered: implementation timelines, exclusions on sharing certain types of data, when and how data are to be shared, data management planning, data preservation, compliance enforcement, and more. In addition to providing information on the current agency requirements, the resource is also “looking forward” by providing any known information about anticipated policy developments. The tool will be updated when new policies are released and when current plans are revised. This is an excellent resource for librarians and one that can easily be shared with researchers and other stakeholders.

The State of Open Data Report

Figshare has shared the results of a survey of 2,000 researchers that aimed to assess the global landscape around open data and sharing practices. “The State of Open Data” highlights researchers’ awareness of open data and their perspective on making their own research data open. The report also includes contributed articles from leading professionals in the open data space that cover the state of open data across the globe. While awareness, use, and sharing of open data among researchers were high, the report identifies areas for improvement in researcher knowledge that librarians can help to fill, including understanding data licensing, compliance with funder policies, and data citation. See this accompanying blog post for all of the key findings of the report.

Open Data Transition Report: An Action Plan for the Next Administration

“Open Data Transition Report: An Action Plan for the Next Administration,” written under the leadership of the Center for Open Data Enterprise, outlines 27 recommendations for the incoming Presidential Administration to consider to keep the momentum of open data moving forward to the benefit of the government, its citizens, researchers, and businesses. The report presents the administration with priority goals and concrete recommendations to achieve these goals. Goal three of the report (beginning on page 46) is to “share scientific research data to spur innovation and scientific discovery.” The recommendations within this section include establishing a new “Federal Research Data Council” to serve as a support structure for increased collaboration in government and research institutions around open data, open science, and open research; developing an Annual Research Data Census for federally funded research; and working with stakeholders across the research enterprise to establish new incentives for data sharing. This is an exciting development for open data, as it is the very first time an incoming Administration has been presented with government-wide recommendations on open data.

Enabling Data Science in Biology

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 22:49

Submitted by Laura Palumbo (laura.palumbo@rutgers.edu), Chemistry & Physics Librarian and Science Data Specialist at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, NJ, on behalf of Dr. Cathy Lawson.

Thank you to Cathy Lawson for being our guest blogger for this post. Dr. Lawson is an Associate Professor in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In her research she “explores the diverse landscape of biological structure-function relationships, with the goal of improving our fundamental understanding of life processes.” I had the good fortune to audit the course she describes below.


In late 2014 the NIH Big Data 2K (BD2K) initiative put out a call for proposals to create open educational resources for sharing, annotating, and curating Biomedical Big Data. My colleagues and I at the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (rcsb.org) realized that the call presented a unique and exciting opportunity to educate people about the work that we do with passion every single day: enabling public, worldwide availability and re-use of the thousands of complex and beautiful molecular structures produced every year by the structural biology community. The RCSB, along with international partners, manages the Protein Data Bank (PDB), the now 45-year old worldwide repository for experimentally determined 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids and macromolecular complexes, and also manages or co-manages several related archives.

Our proposal was well received and the two-year curriculum development project “Enabling Data Science in Biology” was born (edsb.rcsb.org).  We thus began synthesizing an eight module course centered around our “data pipeline” (data creation, deposition, curation, archiving, distribution), drawing on the expertise and many years of experience of our assembled faculty team. The lectures, exercises, and assignments were first delivered as a Spring 2016 graduate course at Rutgers. Professor Helen Berman, who directed the RCSB PDB between 1999 and 2014 and is now Director Emerita, took the lead in the curriculum development and first pilot delivery.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create a set of openly accessible curricular materials that can be repurposed by other scientists, information scientists/librarians, and educators.  This effort supports the BD2K mission, enabling training of a new cadre of scientists with knowledge and skills in data archive management and data sharing.  We are currently refining the content and will be producing videos in preparation for our second “pilot” in Spring 2017.   We also plan to create and deliver these materials in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by the end of next summer.

Conference Recap: Imagine! Innovate! Inspire! @NAHSL2016

e-Science Portal blog - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:30

Posted by Portal Editor Julie Goldman, eScience Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, julie.goldman@umassmed.edu

Conference Recap: Imagine! Innovate! Inspire! at NAHSL 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and see the greatest show on Earth!

If you were looking for a show with all the bells and whistles, NAHSL 2016 had you covered. From ring masters to magicians, flying trapeze artists to lion tamers, there were main events and sideshows for all! And if you weren’t inspired yet, you could create a portrait and imagine another time in the old-fashioned photo booth.

NAHSL 2016 was held in New Haven, at the distinguished Omni Hotel at Yale University.

Lightning rounds, posters, and spotlight sessions highlighted the work of library performers from the New England region. Their work shared imaginative and innovative ideas for transforming the library space and library instruction. Hopefully other conference attendees were inspired to try new things and seek new collaborations.

Here is a recap on the Main Events: The 3-Ringed Circus

​Jack Hughes, M.D.
Biomedical Ethics, Yale University​
Access, Costs, and Quality: The Iron Triangle of Healthcare

Jack had attendees interacting and imagining a world where healthcare was universally available. He broken down healthcare coverage in the US, which is mostly subsidized private group insurance, and also shared Anti-Obamacare Ads, which were an early Halloween surprise!

Susan Keane Baker, M.H.A.

Patient and Customer Experience Expert & Consultant
Speed Stuns and Other Customer Service Tactics to Differentiate your Library

Susan made attendees think about our interactions and inspired us to “be nice first!” Susan shared real life examples of how libraries can interact positively online with social media, and also how librarians constantly need to refine our customer service skills!

“If you’re gonna do it anyway, be nice about it” – Susan Keane Baker

Check out her pocket guide: Split-Second Kindness: making a difference when time is limited

William Powers

MIT Laboratory for Social Machines
Data for Humans: A Healthier Revolution

William shared innovative technologies to solve social problems and encouraged attendees to do regular “digital detox.” William makes the case that although print publications and paper are falling out of favor with the rise of digital technology, paper does still perform some tasks better. Powers predicts that paper will not be entirely given up as a medium, and even argues that even novel technologies are striving to be more, not less, like paper.

Read his paper Hamlet’s Blackberry: Why Paper is Eternal

And read the follow up book: Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age


In the end, the conference attendees were left inspired, ready to imagine and do something innovative! Thank you NAHSL 2016!

Want to see other highlights from the conference? Check out this storify from UMass Medical School Library Fellow Matthew Noe: “#NAHSL2016 – A Conference in Tweets

NAHSL 2017 will be in Waltham, MA.
Be sure to follow the NAHSL 2017 twitter account to stay up to date.

ACRL RDM Roadshow: Building your Research Data Management Toolkit

e-Science Portal blog - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:30

We are very excited to bring the ACRL RDM Roadshow one-day workshop, “Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work,” to the New England area!

Where: Boston University, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room, Boston, MA 02215

When: Friday, January 13th 2017

Program Description

Research data management has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.

Guest Speakers

Abigail Goben, MLS, Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
Abigail is an Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, where she serves as liaison to the College of Dentistry and collaborates with faculty on research data management. Her research focuses on institutional data policies; educational needs in research data management; and open access. Goben is engaged with efforts on campus surrounding research data management and data governance for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Beyond UIC, Goben is active with the Library Information Technology Association and Association for College and Research Libraries.

Megan Sapp Nelson, MLS, Associate Professor of Library Science and Liaison Librarian, Purdue University
Megan is an Associate Professor of Library Sciences and Liaison Librarian at Purdue University, where she serves as liaison to Civil Engineering and related engineering and technology disciplines and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on data information literacy; teaching professional skills to engineering students; and integration of information literacy and data information literacy within the disciplinary curricula. Sapp Nelson is involved in campus efforts surrounding data information literacy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Beyond Purdue, Sapp Nelson is active in American Society of Engineering Education’s Engineering Libraries Division. Learn more about Megan in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify data within the research process and lifecycle in order to articulate the role of the libraries in the management of data to researchers
  • Learn how to develop expertise in the nuances of disciplinary requirements for data management in order to educate their faculty and students about data best practices for their discipline
  • Articulate specific existing skills that they already possess as librarians which transfer to data services in order to begin building a toolkit of research data management skills
  • Identify campus partners in research data management in order to create an environment of research data management support for their faculty
  • Articulate the parts of a data management plan in order to describe its role as a living document within a research project
  • Apply their relevant prior knowledge of their disciplines in order to create a research data management interview plan in order to facilitate faculty engagement

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.

For more information about the ACRL RDM Roadshow, please visit:

In addition to designing and presenting the workshop, Abigail and Megan have designed a research project using surveys to investigate future innovations in professional development for research data management. Participants of the workshop will also have the opportunity to participate in a survey as part of their research on further professional development needs.

Registration is capped at 100 participants, so please register now!


OpenCon 2016 Boston

e-Science Portal blog - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:30

Posted on behalf of Anna Newman, Open Access Specialist, Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University, newmanaa@bu.edu

On November 9, the BU Libraries will be hosting OpenCon 2016 Boston, a satellite event of OpenCon 2016, a global conference about open access, open data, and open education.

OpenCon Boston will feature an update on Open Data to Open Knowledge, a partnership between the City of Boston and the Boston Public Library to make open government data an accessible public resource. Other sessions will include a discussion of information justice and lightning talks on open research tools and approaches. We’re also partnering with the BU Study Group to offer an evening open science/data presentation.

OpenCon Boston is open to all; if you are interested in attending any or all of the sessions, please register at is.gd/openconboston. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the Boston area who are interested in open access and to learn more about open access issues.


Wednesday, November 9, 1:00-4:00pm, Mugar Memorial Library

Tentative Agenda

Welcome & Intro / 1:00-1:15pm

From “Open” to Justice / 1:15-2:00pm
Screening of a presentation by Audrey Watters from OpenCon 2014, followed by a discussion of information justice.

Update on the City of Boston’s Open Data to Open Knowledge Project / 2-2:45pm
An update on Open Data to Open Knowledge, the City of Boston’s Knight Foundation-funded initiative to make open government data an accessible resource.

Open Research Lightning Talks / 3:00-4:00pm
Tentatively scheduled talks include an introduction to ORCID, how and why to make your work available in an institutional repository, a case study of open research, and an overview of open access mandates for grant funding.

BU Study Group Open Science/Data Presentation / 6-7:30pm

With the BU Study Group, we’ll be sponsoring an optional evening presentation/demonstration on an open science/data topic TBD.


Questions about the event can be directed to Anna Newman:
newmanaa@bu.edu or 617-358-8563.

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.

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