Looking forward to RDAP 2017

Save the Date!

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 will be in Seattle, WA. The two-day conference will be held at the Seattle Renaissance on April 19-20, 2017. Plans for a workshop on the 21st are currently in development.

RDAP is relevant to the interests and needs of data managers and curators, librarians who work with research data, and researchers and data scientists. A wide range of disciplines from the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities will be represented. The Summit aims to bring together practitioners and researchers from a diverse range of academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry.

More details will be forthcoming at https://www.asis.org/rdap/ Expect a call for proposals in the late fall!

Chairs: Brianna Marshall (brianna.marshall[at]wisc.edu) or Yasmeen Shorish (shorisyl[at]jmu.edu).

White House Announces Strategic Plan for Big Data

The Obama administration issued an important report earlier in the week announcing its strategic plan for big data research and development. You can read the announcement from the OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) blog here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/05/23/administration-issues-strategic-plan-big-data-research-and-development

And download the full report, titled “The Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan” here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/bigdatardstrategicplan-nitrd_final-051916.pdf

Open Data Button is here!

The Open Data Button has been launched in a beta release. This browser-based* application helps people find, request, and share research data with the click of a button. Following on from the Open Access Button, this experimental tool makes it easy to get at the data behind published research (even if it’s behind a paywall). If the data can’t be found online, the Button contacts the author and invites them to make it available via the Open Science Framework. Every request is tracked and the status made available, allowing researchers to see–and tell stories about–how their research is making an impact.

Read more and download here: www.opendatabutton.org

*Currently available only for Chrome; Firefox will be supported soon.

Welcome Jessica Trelogan!

I’m pleased to announce that the UT Libraries now has a Data Management Coordinator, Jessica Trelogan, on staff. Jessica comes to us with a strong background in managing very large archaeological data sets and has extensive experience with GIS. Jessica will be working with faculty, staff, and students on data management best practices, compliance with funder mandates, and education and outreach on UT Austin data management resources.

PHOIBOS2 Workshop – call for applications

Practical Hacking On Identifiers at BiOSphere 2 (PHOIBOS2), Feb. 17-19, 2015, Oracle, Arizona, USA – call for applications.

In the era of big data and informatics, there is growing awareness among scientists and scientific data managers of the need for permanent, globally unique identifiers for both physical specimens and digital data, leading to the development of new systems for minting, tracking, resolving, and querying identifiers. However, existing identifier systems have not yet been put to the test with the types of very large, multidisciplinary datasets that loom on the horizon, and developing an identifier infrastructure for really big data (pre- and post-publication) is crucial next step.

During the three day PHOIBOS2 workshop at the world-renowned Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, identifier practitioners and data generators will come together to summarize the current state of the field, identify and elucidate the technical issues, and develop solutions. PHOIBOS2 will incorporate elements of a hackathon, but outputs may also include non-technical products like a draft proposal, a survey, or educational materials. During the workshop, groups of participants will be asked to identify a problem and articulate what a system that solved the problem would look like, including technologies, support material, and a business model. We aim to develop a vision of an identifier infrastructure that spans the entire data lifecycle in the context of very large, complex, multi-disciplinary, research-oriented datasets.

If you are a scientist, or user or developer of identifier systems, and would like to take part in this innovative experience, please complete the online application available here by November 30, 2015.  The meeting is open to all, with room and board covered for up to 30 participants, and limited funding available to support travel costs, particularly for early career or under-represented participants. Funding requests will be considered in early December, after all applications are received.

This workshop is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, with logistical support provided by the iPlant Collaborative.

UT Austin researchers receive NSF grant

UT PGE Assistant Professor Maša Prodanović and a team of leading UT Austin scientists are looking to change the way researchers distribute data.

On Sept. 1, 2015, Prodanović, Dr. Maria Esteva (Texas Advanced Computing Center) and Dr. Richard Ketcham (Jackson School of Geological Sciences) received a two-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build a Digital Rocks Portal utilizing the latest technologies in data storage.

Full article: http://www.pge.utexas.edu/news/features/300-nsf-rock-grant

DataQ is live

DataQ, a collaborative way to ask and answer questions about research data support in libraries, is now live. Library staff at universities and colleges may submit questions to the site. Those questions are reviewed by an editorial team and by project volunteers. Answers to the questions are then posted to the site so that everyone may benefit.

For more information, please visit the DataQ site: http://researchdataq.org/

TACC using algorithms to assess video quality

Maria Esteva, data curator at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), is working with Alan Bovik, director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE) at UT,  Todd Goodall, also from LIVE, and Zach Abel from the College of Natural Sciences at UT, to use algorithms to assess the quality of video archives. That assessment can help inform decisions about what to keep long-term. For more information about this project: http://www.isgtw.org/feature/hpc-your-visual-library-how-algorithms-and-supercomputers-assess-video-quality