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

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.