Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) launches today

Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of SPARC, shared with members today the formal launch of the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG).

“The ORFG is a partnership of eight high-profile funding organizations who will work together on efforts to promote open access to research outputs. Together, they represent nearly $5 billion in combined annual grant funding and have committed to foster efforts in sharing research articles and data. The inaugural ORFG members believe that this collaboration will accelerate the pace of discovery, reduce information-sharing gaps, encourage innovation, and promote better reproducibility in the research environment. ”

For more information on the Open Research Funders Group, please visit their website at www.orfg.org.

 

Drop-in Hours in the Scholars Commons

Drowning in data? Need help with a Data Management Plan? Looking for a “forever home” for your research results?

Drop-in for a free consultation!

Wednesdays 2-4 pm in the Scholars Commons

UT Libraries’ Research Data Services support faculty, staff, and students with data needs throughout the life-cycle of research, from the earliest planning stage to long-term archiving. We can also help with most software available in the Data Lab.

 

 

Workshop: Managing Research Data

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Benson Latin American Collection 2nd Floor, SRH 1.208

Workshop on managing research data, led by Jessica Trelogan, from UT Libraries, with Susan Smythe Kung, from the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.

Make data management a habit instead of a chore! This one-hour workshop will introduce basic data management concepts, offer tips for good practice, and share useful tools and resources available to all UT faculty, staff, and students.
While the session is specifically intended for students and faculty in the LLILAS program, researchers from any discipline are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Training Opportunity in R at TACC

Upcoming training opportunity for people interested in using R within the High Performance Computing environments available at TACC.

R HPC Training
September 30th, 2016 9am-3pm CT
Texas Advanced Computing Center
ACB 1.104
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78758

This training is being offered to provide students information on R and its use here at TACC.

Preliminary Agenda:
Intro to R
Launch Rstudio using the TACC Vis Portal and perform some introductory exercises
R @ TACC
Parallel R
Wrap-up/Questions

This course is available to in-person and webcast participants. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in person. For more information and for access to register for this course, please visit the following link:
https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/training#/user?training=upcoming 


NASA Launches Public Portal for Research Results

NASA-funded research data can now be accessed via their recently unveiled public web portal, PubSpace.  All authors of peer-reviewed papers resulting from research funded by NASA, starting in 2016, will be required to deposit copies of publications and associated data within one year of publication.

This archive of original science results will be available online without a fee. “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”

 

TDL Data Symposium

SAVE THE DATE! The Texas Digital Library will hold its first ever TDL Data Symposium, hosted by Baylor University Libraries on November 15th and 16th, 2016 in Waco, Texas.

This two-day event is designed to support the development of TDL member librarians who provide (or intend to provide) research data services on their campuses. It will include opportunities to gain knowledge and skills, network, and learn more about the Texas data repository to be launched this fall. Sessions and topics include:

  • Merce Crosas, the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) at Harvard University
  • A Data Management 101 workshop on the basic concepts of data management for attendees new to these issues
  • Presentations and discussions on various topics, including data management planning curation of research data
  • A Dataverse training workshop, to familiarize librarians with the new TDL data repository that will launch this fall

Seating is limited, but we will ensure that every TDL member institution has a seat reserved. A small registration fee of $50 will be charged, and more information about the schedule and registration is coming soon.

Updates and details will be posted to the TDL website: https://tdl.org/tdl-data-symposium/

 

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