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ICPSR Summer Program on Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use

The ICPSR Summer Program is offering a five-day workshop on Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use, July 27-31, 2015.  This workshop is for individuals interested or actively engaged in the curation and management of research data for sharing and reuse, particularly data librarians, data archivists, and data producers and stewards with responsibilities for data management.

Instructors Louise Corti (UK Data Archive), Jared Lyle (ICPSR), and Veerle Van den Eynden (UK Data Archive) will discuss best practices and tools for data curation, from selecting and preparing data for archiving to optimizing and promoting data for reuse. ICPSR social science quantitative datasets and UK Data Archive qualitative and cross-disciplinary data collections will serve as case studies and participants will track the datasets as they make their way through the data assessment, review, processing and curation pipeline. 

Participants will learn about and gain proficiency in the full range of life cycle activities: data review and preparation; confidential data management; effective documentation practices; how to create, comply with, and evaluate required data management plans; digital repository requirements and assessment; and running user support and promotional activities for data. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on discussion for sharing local experiences and learning from others. Additional context and expertise will be provided through invited keynote lectures by research data experts.

Participants will leave with knowledge and experience of how to review, assess, curate, and promote data collections for long-term preservation and access. 

Enrolment is limited to 25 participants. Registration is available through the ICPSR Summer Program Web site.

For more information, contact the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu


2015 Dryad Community Meeting, 27 May, Washington. DC

The 2015 Dryad Community Meeting will be taking place at 8:30am-4:00pm on 27 May in Washington, DC at the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009.

The Dryad Community Meeting is an annual event for researchers, journal editors, librarians, data managers, publishers, funders and other individuals or organizations with a stake in the preservation and availability of the scientific and medical data associated with the published literature.

The theme of this year’s meeting is "Taking a closer look at data," featuring a keynote presentation from Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science and an Emerging Issues panel discussion about data review.

The Program includes:

  • Dryad101, an introduction to the Dryad Digital Repository, including an overview of recent and upcoming developments
  • A Community Perspectives Forum with partner journals and member organizations sharing their experiences with data publishing
  • The annual Dryad Business Meeting
  • An Emerging Issues panel discussion all about the concept of “data review."

Dr. Brian Nosek is Director of the Center for Open Science and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. The Center for Open Science is a nonprofit technology startup that aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. Nosek is also a co-founder the influential Project Implicit.

There is no cost for registration, but space is limited, so please register early to ensure availability.

For inquiries, please contact Meredith Morovati (mmorovati@datadryad.org), Executive Director.


Science Journalists Learn about the Data Revolution for the Sustainable Development Goals


See the CODATA Blog for a new post from Alex de Sherbinin, Chair, CODATA Task Group on Global Roads Data Development and Associate Director for Science Applications, CIESIN, Columbia University who spoke recently on about Big Data, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda as a foundation upon which to build an argument on the importance of the Data Revolution for sustainable development.

Read more on the CODATA blog here.


International Partnership to Increase the Benefit of Research Data for Society

CODATA, the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance today announce the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding which makes formal their collaboration.

Coordination of effort is important since each organisation focuses on different but complementary aspects of research data: CODATA on advocacy, policy, and process; WDS on data provision and stewardship; and RDA on bottom-up implementation of data sharing tools and practices.  

The three organisations already benefit from extensive collaboration: the new Memorandum of Understanding will clarify our respective strengths, with the result that we will be able to accomplish more, and advance data practices and science faster and further in this newly defined partnership.

The announcement is available here.


Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (v.1.0) Published

The CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials has released version 1.0 of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS). This document, including a downloadable version and background information, is publically available at www.codata.org/nanomaterials. A tabular version of the technical dictionary will be available shortly.

This work is the result of the efforts of many people from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives. Over time, as new nanomaterials are developed and more nanoinformatics tools are released, the UDS will of course be expanded to include new knowledge.

We encourage you to submit your comments, corrections, and suggestions for improvement to udsnano@udsnano.org. Feel free to circulate this message to other interested parties.

If you wish to cite this work in a publication or digital resource, the suggested citation is given on the inside of the front cover.

We want to thank everyone who worked on this version as well as acknowledge the financial support of ICSU (the International Council for Science), CODATA (the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology) and VAMAS (the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards).

John Rumble: rumble@udsnano.org

Steve Freiman: freeiman@udsnano.org

Clayton Teague: teague@udsnano.org


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