Just Launched: Muftiships Web Archive – Libraries Spotlight BLOG

“Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the Muftiships Web Archive. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive preserves the websites of Muftis (Muslim legal experts) and leading jurists from the Islamic world. Included are websites that cover the responses of judicial authorities to current events in their respective countries and beyond, illustrate the manner in which these authorities engage with the public, and illuminate the ways in which Islamic law is administered in the digital age. And though included websites have gained greater visibility in light of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East and Islamic world, the jurists and their institutions have been the focus of interest for decades. Curators of the Muftiships Web Archive are: Gayle Fisher (Harvard University), Roberta Dougherty (Yale University), Peter Magierski (Columbia University), Sean Swanick (Duke University), and Guy Burak (New York University), with additional help from Dr. Adnan Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School), who supplied Fatwas related to the Coronavirus as part of the “Mapping COVID Fatwas“ project in conjunction with Harvard’s Program in Islamic Law. …”

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

Dataverse Community Meeting 2020

“The annual Dataverse Community Meeting is an opportunity to build, grow, and enrich the global community. Like the open-source Dataverse product itself, the activities of the Dataverse Community Meetings are community-driven. Over three days of presentations, workshops, and working group meetings we aim to promote and learn about behavioral and technical solutions and standards for curating, sharing, and preserving data that can be discovered and reused across disciplines to reproduce and advance research.

The Dataverse Community Meeting is hosted by Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Learn more about The Dataverse Project at our dataverse.org site….”

Online Short-Seminar: Research Management with Open Science Framework – Countway LibCal – Harvard Library. Countway Library of Medicine

“The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source project management tool to help scholars manage their workflow, organize their materials, and share all or part of a project with the broader research community. The tool connects to many other tools researchers often use such as: GitHub, Dropbox, ORCID, Zotero, Dataverse, and many more.

This workshop will provide a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into your current workflows. We will demonstrate some of the key functionalities of the tool including how to structure your materials, manage permissions, version content, integrate with third-party tools, share materials, and track usage.

Learning Objectives: 

Learn how OSF facilitates reproducible research practices
Demonstrate some of the key functionalities of OSF
Apply OSF as a tool for best practices in data management
Find out where to get help or assistance …”

Data Manager, Harvard University | HERC Jobs

This is a one-year term position from date of hire, with possibility of extension based on department needs and available funding.

In this role you will support a number of grant-funded research programs that require the organization and public release of primary data and other research products. These include the NCI Pan-Cancer Atlas, the NCI Omic and Multidimensional Spatial Atlas, the NCI Center for Cancer Systems Pharmacology, the DARPA STOP-PAIN program, and the Termeer Program in Systems Pharmacology. You may also be asked to assist with data coordination and management for the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science and the Greater Boston Pandemic Fabrication Team which is organizing information to support the regional response to the coronavirus pandemic. You will report to the HiTS Executive Director, and work closely with the Scientific Program Management team. LSP is a startup activity and we are dependent on individual initiatives by lab members. Defining your duties will be a collaborative exercise within the lab in which you will play an important role. However, your initial duties are expected to include the following:

Contributing to manuscripts and scientific reports and deliver periodic group meetings.
Work with the Clinical Research Coordinator to organize anonomized patient data and associate it to samples used in multiple experiments. Data should be associated with primary data files, including image files.
Organize and curate image data across multiple programs in collaboration with a team of staff scientists.
Organize and integrate data fields and metadata for cyclic immunofluorescence experiments across a reagent data system and an experimental tracking system. Propose software updates to improve usability and data integrity.
Work with LSP platforms to establish and implement best practices for organization and annotation of data for both internal use and eventual release on public repositories (e.g. Synapse, GEO, Pride)
Enable data deposition in federal repositories for DARPA STOP-PAIN
Development of standards for data stored in Synapse by data type, including metadata assignment, experimental protocols, notes and versioning thereof.
Organize and disseminate data collected by PAN-FAB to support the regional response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Help develop a standard LSP data management plan appropriate for inclusion in grant proposals and tailor as needed for individual proposals.
Survey published minimal information standards as well as the requirements of funding agencies, journals, and public data repositories to identify suitable metadata standards for the various types of data produced by the LSP.
Keep abreast of new developments in funding agency requirements, tools for data management, and community standards and disseminate information to LSP community as needed.
Represent (the LSP/HiTS) at relevant special events (e.g. Open Access Week) and regular meetings (e.g. the HMS Data Management Working Group) as needed.
Collaborate with the HiTS admin and finance teams to associate scientific descriptors and documentation of scientific expertise to individual lab member profiles in a personnel data system.
Work with authors to organize, annotate, and release data as required for manuscript submission/publication.

COVID-19 Data Collection

“This is a general collection of COVID-19 data deposited in the Harvard Dataverse repository. The list in this collection is maintained by the Harvard Dataverse data curation team (IQSS and Harvard Library). Researchers who deposit their related data into Harvard Dataverse will have their data linked to this collection, to increase discoverability of their data. Please use the contact link if you have any questions about this collection.”

COVID-19 Data Collection

“This is a general collection of COVID-19 data deposited in the Harvard Dataverse repository. The list in this collection is maintained by the Harvard Dataverse data curation team (IQSS and Harvard Library). Researchers who deposit their related data into Harvard Dataverse will have their data linked to this collection, to increase discoverability of their data. Please use the contact link if you have any questions about this collection.”

Caselaw Access Project Nominated for a Webby: Vote for Us! | Library Innovation Lab

“The Caselaw Access Project has been nominated for one of the 24th Annual Webby Awards. We’re honored to be named alongside this year’s other nominees, including friends and leaders in the field like the Knight First Amendment Institute.

CAP makes 6.7 million cases freely available online from the collections of Harvard Law School Library. We’re creating new ways to access the law, such as our case browser, bulk data and downloads for research scholars, and graphs that show how words are used over time….”

Caselaw Access Project Nominated for a Webby: Vote for Us! | Library Innovation Lab

“The Caselaw Access Project has been nominated for one of the 24th Annual Webby Awards. We’re honored to be named alongside this year’s other nominees, including friends and leaders in the field like the Knight First Amendment Institute.

CAP makes 6.7 million cases freely available online from the collections of Harvard Law School Library. We’re creating new ways to access the law, such as our case browser, bulk data and downloads for research scholars, and graphs that show how words are used over time….”

SCOTUS Rules No Copyright in Official Annotated State Code | Cyberlaw Clinic

“We’re pleased to report that the United States Supreme Court has sided with Public.Resource.org and held that the Official Code of Georgia Annotated is ineligible for copyright protection. The Cyberlaw Clinic worked with the Caselaw Access Project team at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab on an amicus curiae brief (.pdf) advocating this very result. The brief highlighted the significant burden that would be placed on those creating tools to facilitate access to law if legal materials generated by or at the direction of state government officials were subject to copyright protection and the importance of a bright line holding that official government works are not copyrightable….”