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Discussion Welcome to DIG

by Jennifer Darragh on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 01:06 pm

Welcome to the Numeric and Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group's home on ALA Connect.  For short, I thought we could call this DIG (for Data Interest Group).  Our purpose is:

Welcome to the Numeric and Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group's home on ALA Connect.  For short, I thought we could call this DIG (for Data Interest Group).  Our purpose is:

To bring together ACRL members who are actively engaged in the planning for, oversight of, and/or provision of data services within academic libraries. Providing patron support in the acquisition, storage and use of numeric and geospatial data is fast becoming an expected add-on to public and technical services in academic and research libraries. The responsibility of this group to provide a forum by which librarians and academic library staff engaged in these services can provide/receive insight into, examples of, and training on how data services are developed and delivered. This group may also serve as a bridge between other professional associations dedicated to the provision of data services in research environments (e.g. IASSIST and APDU).

This will be our official communication space.   As we are brand new, we are not yet listed on the ACRL Interest Groups to choose from when requesting membership in ACRL.  I anticipate this will happen soon.  In the interim, I invite you to "Watch This Space" by subscribing (see right-hand menu).

Sincerely,

Jennifer Darragh
Convener

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Discussion DIG Google Group

by Jennifer Darragh on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hello!  In order for us to work more efficiently on two projects we discussed at ALA Annual 2010 (Data 101 and Numeric Data Literacy) we developed a Google Group for content management and collaboration (avoids the need for listserv).  To join this group, please see this site and request an invitation:

http://groups.google.com/group/digdata

Discussion DIG/DCIG Webinar on “Data Publishing with Dataverse”

by Minglu Wang on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 03:03 pm

ACRL Numeric and Geospatial Data Services & Digital Curation Interest Group invite you to attend our next webinar “Data Publishing with Dataverse”

Speaker:

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University, http://iq.harvard.edu/merce-crosas

Description: 

ACRL Numeric and Geospatial Data Services & Digital Curation Interest Group invite you to attend our next webinar “Data Publishing with Dataverse”

Speaker:

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University, http://iq.harvard.edu/merce-crosas

Description: 

Over the last decade, our Data Science team at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science has been iteratively developing Dataverse, a data repository framework to facilitate and enhance data sharing, preservation, citation, reuse and analysis. The open source Dataverse software has been installed as a research data repository at multiple institutions worldwide. The Dataverse repository hosted at Harvard University is open to all researchers, and currently has over 53,000 data sets containing 734,000 files. During the last two years, based on user feedback and community practices, we have implemented extensible data publishing workflows and effective ways to link publications to data. In this talk, I'll present what we have learned in the process, and how it has helped us define data publishing.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

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Discussion DIG 2014 Virtual Meeting Report

by Minglu Wang on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

Nine of DIG members attended our virtual meeting on February 19, 2014.

Nine of DIG members attended our virtual meeting on February 19, 2014.

We introduced ourselves to each other with detail information about the data services and programs that we are involved with. Each of us is providing different types of data services, for example, data reference services, data collection services, data analysis software packages and GIS training workshops, and GIS project assistance. We also had the opportunities to ask each other some questions. There are two libraries have statistical consulting services within the library to which data librarians could refer students for questions about statistical methodologies. In one library, subject specialists with solid statistical methodology background and well-trained graduate students are serving as consultants. In another library, the consulting team is composed of undergraduate students with solid statistical trainings.

Our members shared upcoming program/conference/events information, and experienced data librarians suggested organizations for new data librarians to participate:

  • 2014 ICPSR Summer Program course: “Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation” [https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0041]: This year, the course will be taught by Bobray Bordelon, Princeton University; Jane Fry, Carleton University; and Ron Nakao, Stanford University. Many of us have been students of this course in  previous years and had a great experience.
  • IASSIST (International Association of Social Science Information Services & Technology) is a good organization for data librarians to join and participate. The website [http://www.iassistdata.org/] of the organization has resources on various data related topics, and the organization also has a peer reviewed OA journal: IASSIST Quarterly. The listserve discussion of the organization has been very active with members frequently raising questions and eagerly answering each other’s questions. Sometimes interests groups are formed directly as a result of good discussions or identified similar interests among members around a topic. 
  • APDU (Association of Public Data Users) is another social science data related organization with only institutional membership, but they offer very good informational webinars frequently.
  • NCLA (North Carolina Library Association) Government Resources Section has a great webinar series “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian”, which offered monthly free webinars on government resources. 

We then discussed how we are going to organize our 2014 ALA Annual Meeting, and possible 2015 ACRL program.

Members suggested that for ALA Annual this year, we could have speaker(s) talk briefly and then engage all our members to have discussions. It’s not going to be a formal program, just a more focused discussion around a topic. One topic that has been identified for this year is, “how to market data management services.” The speaker(s) need not talk only about successful strategies, lessons and experiences are all valuable to share.  Please let us know if you would like to be the speaker or you have someone to suggest that we could invite.

Considering the possibility of proposing a program for 2015 ACRL Meeting, members suggested that we might want to co-sponsor a program with other ALA/ACRL sections/groups that have similar interests, for example, LPSS and BRASS. The strategy of co-sponsoring might be that we plan the session and then have other sections/groups simply endorse it. Member suggested that for this kind of bigger/formal program, we could focus more on data content, for example, international comparative of data products/collections/libraries, or some focused small data archives/libraries, for example, unique topical data archives from ICPSR, and we could even invite some vendors/producers to talk about their products. Other topics that members are interested in are established data management/curation services, for example, UCSD’s Data Curation Services and University of Virginia’s Scholar Lab. Please let us know if you have any further suggestions or ideas.

Current and future conveners could start planning now, and attend the upcoming free webinar, “Tips for ACRL 2015 Proposals,” on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (11:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central time | 2:00 p.m. Eastern (60 minutes)).  The due date for submitting a proposal is May 9, 2014. 

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Discussion DIG Virtual Meeting on February 19th, 2014

by Minglu Wang on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 08:23 am

Dear DIG Members,

Our virtual group meeting has been set up on 02/19/2014 at 11:30am - 1:00pm CST.

The meeting URL is:  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r4phbntdxt6/  (Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room). Please review detail instructions about the Adobe Connect at the end of this message.

Dear DIG Members,

Our virtual group meeting has been set up on 02/19/2014 at 11:30am - 1:00pm CST.

The meeting URL is:  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r4phbntdxt6/  (Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room). Please review detail instructions about the Adobe Connect at the end of this message.

I have a tentative agenda listed below, and I hope that we could at least get to know each other more and the services that we are providing; maybe we could identify some speakers for future webinars/programs among ourselves. So please prepare some content to share with the group, and you can use PowerPoint too. Let me know what you think and any additional agenda items that we could discuss during the meeting.

  1. Update from group members: library and position background, you recent data services activities, program development, outreach and collaboration within and outside of your library.
  2. Share information about recent and upcoming publication/conferences/meetings.
  3. ALA Annual Meeting program suggestion: speakers to invite and topics for engaging group members to discuss.
  4. Future webinar themes and speakers suggestion.

Look forward to a great meeting.

 


 

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Discussion Slides and Recording (link corrected) of DIG Webinar Available: Social Science Data Management and Curation

by Minglu Wang on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

Dear Data Interest Group Colleagues,

 

Thank you for your participation. The slides and recording of the webinar are available now.

 


 

Dear Data Interest Group Colleagues,

 

Thank you for your participation. The slides and recording of the webinar are available now.

 


 

**Please note that the webinar participation/registration link has been updated. If you were not able to register before because the registration was full at the time, now the webinar is open again with the new participation/registration link, and please feel free to attend. You do not need to re-register if you have already registered.**

 

I am very happy to announce our webinar on January 13th, 2014. We invited experienced data archivists from ICPSR to present about resources and tools that are good for social science data management and resources. 

 

Webinar on Social Science Data Management and Curation

Date: January 13, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30pm Central

 

Speakers:

Jared Lyle, Director of Curation Services, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Jared Lyle directs the Curation Services Unit, which is responsible for MetadataBibliography of Data-Related Literature, and Digital Preservation. His work includes developing and maintaininga comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation policy at ICPSR.

Amy Pienta, Director of Data Acquisitions, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Amy Mehraban Pienta is Acquisitions Director at ICPSR. She is also a research affiliate of the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging and the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. At ICPSR, she oversees new data acquisitions. Major responsibilities include identifying new data collections in the social sciences, negotiating with potential data depositors, strategic planning for new data acquisitions, and developing appraisal standards for data.

Description: The speakers will discuss resources and tools for social science data management and curation, including data management planning, preparing data for sharing and preservation, and supporting access. They will highlight examples from ICPSR.

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Discussion DIG Virtual Meeting in February 2014

by Minglu Wang on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 04:04 pm

Dear DIG Members,

As mentioned in our ALA MidWinter meeting report, let’s plan to have a virtual meeting in February, to have more group members come together and have a further discussion about our ALA Annual Meeting program, future webinar themes and speakers, and other topics.

I have created a Doodle Pool to help us identify a better time for most of us to participate. Please put in your available time slots in the following page by February 5th:

http://doodle.com/6eab79zpq2gxhg3a

Dear DIG Members,

As mentioned in our ALA MidWinter meeting report, let’s plan to have a virtual meeting in February, to have more group members come together and have a further discussion about our ALA Annual Meeting program, future webinar themes and speakers, and other topics.

I have created a Doodle Pool to help us identify a better time for most of us to participate. Please put in your available time slots in the following page by February 5th:

http://doodle.com/6eab79zpq2gxhg3a

Below is a tentative agenda for the meeting, please let me know if you have other items or suggestions that we could add to the list:

  1. Update from group members: you recent data services activities, program development, outreach and collaboration within and outside of your library, and recent and upcoming conferences/meetings.
  2. ALA Annual Meeting program suggestion: speakers to invite and topics for engaging group members to discuss.
  3. Future webinar themes and speakers suggestion.

Look forward to meeting all of you virtually in February.

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Discussion DIG @ 2014 ALA Midwinter Coffee Gathering Report

by Minglu Wang on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 03:21 pm

Eleven of DIG members attended our informal coffee gathering at Ray’s Café & Tea House during 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. We exchanged some updates from the sessions we attended during the conference and some members talked about the data resources they recently reviewed. Upcoming ICPSR’s Summer Program on Data Services and IASSIST conference are also discussed. Members suggested that we need to think about some themes for future webinar topics so that we could invite appropriate speakers.

Eleven of DIG members attended our informal coffee gathering at Ray’s Café & Tea House during 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. We exchanged some updates from the sessions we attended during the conference and some members talked about the data resources they recently reviewed. Upcoming ICPSR’s Summer Program on Data Services and IASSIST conference are also discussed. Members suggested that we need to think about some themes for future webinar topics so that we could invite appropriate speakers. Members also suggested that we could invite speakers to our Interest Group Meeting during ALA 2014 Annual Conference, and engage more members into discussion of research data services.

There will be a virtual meeting in February for all members to participate. Please feel free to comment on this post with any additional notes from the meeting or any suggestions for our future meeting discussion topics.

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Discussion DIG Coffee Gathering @ ALA Midwinter 2014

by Minglu Wang on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 08:36 am

Dear Data Interest Group Colleagues,

For those of you are going to ALA MidWinter Meeting, let’s have our traditional coffee gathering, on our usual time and day at Midwinter, Saturday, 1/25 at 4:30 pm.

I have identified the Ray’s Café & Tea House as a closer place for 8-10 people to get together, please see the address below. Please also let me know if you have other suggestions or preferences, and we still have time to make the arrangement.

Dear Data Interest Group Colleagues,

For those of you are going to ALA MidWinter Meeting, let’s have our traditional coffee gathering, on our usual time and day at Midwinter, Saturday, 1/25 at 4:30 pm.

I have identified the Ray’s Café & Tea House as a closer place for 8-10 people to get together, please see the address below. Please also let me know if you have other suggestions or preferences, and we still have time to make the arrangement.

Ray's Cafe & Tea House (rayscafe.com‎)

141 North 9th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 922-5122

 

Here are some topics we could discuss and let me know if you have additional items to add:

 

1. Review of our interest group’s first webinar: “Social Science Data Management and Curation” and discuss future webinar topics and speakers

2. Discuss time and agenda for our virtual meeting

4. Discuss thoughts about two new publications: CLIR Report on “Research Data Management Principles, Practices, and Prospects” & ARL SPEC Kit on “Research Data Management Services”

5. Other?

Following is a list of data related meetings at the Midwinter. Let us know if you hear about any other sessions.

Enjoy the Holiday Season and see you in Philly.

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GIS Discussion Group

Time: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Marriott Franklin 04

Description: The GIS Discussion Group hosted jointly with MAGIRT and GODORT. Topics of discussion will include geospatial data from both federal agencies and private sources.

 

Map Collection Management Discussion Group

Time: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Marriott Franklin 04

Description: We look forward to a good discussion of the issues, new developments, and problems in the selection, acquisition and management of map collections.

 

Program Planning 2014 and 2015 Committee Meeting and other Committee Workgroups

Time: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Marriott Room 407

Description: All are welcome to participate in planning upcoming MAGIRT sponsored programs. Other MAGIRT Committees are welcome to share the space for other meetings.

 

Digital Curation Interest Group

Time: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center 104 B

Speaker: Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian, Haverford College.
Speaker: Richard Ball, Associate Professor of Economics, Haverford College.

Description: Join the Digital Curation Interest Group for "Teaching Students to Document Empirical Research: A Protocol for Documenting Data Management and Analysis", a presentation by Richard Ball, Associate Professor of Economics and Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian, Haverford College.
Abstract: "This presentation will describe a protocol we have developed for teaching students conducting empirical research to document their work in such a way that their results are completely reproducible and verifiable. The protocol prescribes the creation and organization of a set of data, command, and metadata files, and is guided by the principle that an independent researcher, using only the data and information contained in these files, should be able to replicate every step of the data management and analysis. We will demonstrate how these files are described, preserved, and made accessible for replication by third-parties."
This 60 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute business meeting.

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