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RDAP14: Building a data management and curation program on a shoestring budget


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Research Data Access and Preservation Summit, 2014
San Diego, CA

Margaret Henderson
Director, Research Data Management
Virginia Commonwealth University

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RDAP14: Building a data management and curation program on a shoestring budget

  1. 1. RDAP Panel: Building a data management and curation program on a shoestring budget Margaret Henderson Director, Research Data Management
  2. 2. photo by Jasmata
  3. 3. Tompkins-McCaw Library
  4. 4. Cabell Library
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  6. 6. Research Success
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  8. 8. The PLAN 1. Create a web presence with mission, services, and current resources, such as DMP Tool (need to customize interface for VCU), GIS, current data sets, e.g. Social Science Electronic Data Library, open data sets, e.g., data repositories outside VCU. 2. Develop open classes and curriculum-based instruction on DMP Tool for RDM plans necessary for grants, RDM basics for novice researchers, finding data from open repositories, maybe even an elective on good research practices. 3. Survey other groups on campus who are interested in or working with data and data management. 4. Develop a database of VCU data resources. This can be added to the VIVO database with eagle-i. 5. Conduct data interviews with groups and individual researchers. Start with heavy data users identified in initial survey. 6. Analyze the collected data and work with stakeholders to develop policies and services for VCU. – Is there a need for a data repository at VCU? – What are the best practices that have been developed at other institutions? 7. Develop programs within VCU and with other institutions to educate librarians and other staff about data and the research enterprise. 8. Set up an Assessment Plan for services, resources, and educational efforts. • All of these will be done in collaboration with any interested liaisons, librarians, departments, or other VCU groups. • My goal will be to create a flexible infrastructure that can adapt to the future needs of the research enterprise at VCU.
  9. 9. Supervisor’s PLAN 1. Developing a framework for knowledge-based research data services for the lifespan of research data to the VCU community. 2. Serving as a consultant to researchers on research data issues, providing access to research data, and working with digital research tools such as DMPTool to manage, curate and archive research data. 3. Leading the ongoing assessment of researcher data support needs across VCU in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the VCU Office of Research, and VCU Libraries colleagues. 4. Identifying new data management tools and initiatives; maintaining and promoting existing tools to the VCU research community. 5. Monitoring trends in e-research and data stewardship to inform the design of innovative services and knowledge creation tools. 6. Representing the library and participating in forging an infrastructure to support e-science. 7. Training subject liaison librarians in the use of emerging technologies and best practices for research services to engage research faculty and students across the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses.
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  11. 11. photo by Ali Eminov strategic-adoption-of-new-technology-under-uncertainty.pdf
  12. 12. Reality
  13. 13. Why Libraries? 1. Experience in Change Management 2. A Strong Set of Campus Relationships 3. A Physical Presence
  14. 14. Why Librarians? Library and information professionals: • need to become more involved with semantic web or users will reinvent wheel (i.e. ontologies) • have the interpersonal and subject specialization for reference/consultation that IT doesn't have • continue to help users find the information they need. Stuart, David.(2011) Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: a Guide for Librarians. Facet Publishing.
  15. 15. "Mars Mission" by GDS Infographics
  16. 16. Impact on Library Missions “I don’t see it impacting our fundamental mission at all. Our job is to advance discovery and support our faculty and their work, and insure student success…” John Ulmschneider, University Librarian VCU Libraries
  17. 17. Astronauts Joan E. Higginbotham (foreground), STS-116 mission specialist, and Sunita L. Williams, Expedition 14 flight engineer,
  18. 18. Revised Plan 1. Create a web presence.
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  20. 20. Store and Share
  21. 21. 2. Conduct an environmental scan of VCU for data and data management resources that are available for researchers of all levels at the university.
  22. 22. 3. "Low-Hanging Fruit" by mookitty
  23. 23. Regulations and DMPs
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  25. 25. 5. National Archives
  26. 26. Data Education Sites • DataONE • MANTRA • New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum(NECDMC) • RDMRose • UK Data Archive
  27. 27. "My Log Cabin 1985" by anoldent
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