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Research Data Services at the University of Utah

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Presented for a lunchtime lecture at UC Irvine. Discussed how we are building data services at the University of Utah Marriott Library.

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Research Data Services at the University of Utah

  1. 1. RESEARCH DATA SERVICES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH REBEKAH CUMMINGS, RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT LIBRARIAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE JUNE 24, 2016
  2. 2. WHAT ARE LIBRARY DATA SERVICES? Services that a library offers to researchers in relation to managing research data. UK Data Services Research Data Lifecycle https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage- data/lifecycle • Planning • Organizing • Security • Description • Storing • Sharing • Archiving • Intellectual Property
  3. 3. LEVELS OF DATA SERVICES
  4. 4. Sayeed Choudhury’s Data Stack Model https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MD7KjZF34Y
  5. 5. MY JOB DESCRIPTION • Develop and provide consultation services on data- related issues. • Develop instructional programming and documentation. • Explore and pilot baseline data services. • Provide professional development opportunities for subject liasions • Maintain expertise on copyright, open access, data management, and preservation. • Participate in University-wide initiatives related to data.
  6. 6. FIRST STEPS: LAY OF THE LAND
  7. 7. FIRST STEPS: WEB PRESENCE
  8. 8. FIRST STEPS: OUTREACH & RELATIONSHIP BUILDING • Subject liaisons • The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute • The College of Architecture and Planning • The College of Humanities • The Alzheimer’s Institute • Research Administration Training • Entertainment, Arts, and Engineering • Office of Undergraduate Research • Grant development services • VP for Research • Center for High Performance Computing • Health Science and Law Libraries • Individual Researchers
  9. 9. FIRST STEPS: PROVIDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES • Library workshops • Research Administration Training Series • Undergraduate Research Workshop Series • Graduate student workshop series • Research and Learning Services Forum • Spring Research Series • All Staff – “How to organize digital files” • 1:1 Consultations • Zotero workshops • ICPSR workshops (this fall) • Subject liaison training (this fall) • Monthly Data Journal Club
  10. 10. FIRST STEPS: PROJECTS / USE CASES • EAE Archiving Task Force • Data Curation Pilot Project • Digital Humanities Working Group • U of U Living Laboratory • Pioneer Diary Project
  11. 11. FIRST STEPS: NEEDS ASSESSMENT • Campus survey – May / June 2016 • 203 responses • 70% of responses came from faculty • Captured demographics, types of data, data storage and backup, data description, data management plans, data sharing, legacy data, data management issues and services. • Ended survey by asking if they would like to participate in focus groups this fall.
  12. 12. DIGITAL HUMANITIES WORKING GROUP • Partnership between Marriott Library, College of Humanities, College of Fine Arts, and College of Architecture and Planning. • Interviewed leaders in DH – Miriam Posner, Dan Cohen, Bethany Nowviskie, and John Unsworth. • Discussion topics: space, funding, identity, staffing, and initial projects. • Created a mission statement • Cluster hires / DH Symposium
  13. 13. NEXT STEPS • Digital Matters Lab – “pop-up” space this fall • Continued assessment of data needs including focus groups • Enhanced suite of data services • Refining workflows and processes • Keep learning…
  14. 14. LESSONS LEARNED 1. What I can do is dictated by my strengths and weaknesses. 2. Collaboration is key – but it takes for-ev-er. 3. Pick a few key projects on which to focus. 4. Learn from the gold standard of RDM, but do what’s right for your institution.
  15. 15. THANK YOU! LET’S TALK! Rebekah Cummings Rebekah.cummings@utah.edu 801-581-7701 @RebekahCummings
  16. 16. QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION • What data services should Research 1 institutions such as the University of Utah and UCI offer to their faculty and graduate students? • What data management activities has UCI engaged in? Are data services local to your campus or provided via CDL? • When should data live at an institutional repository as opposed to a subject based repository? • What impediments have you experienced developing data services? • How are you developing services, pedagogy, and/or research opportunities for digital humanities scholars?

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