The Big Data Challenge – Recommendations by Mercè Crosas – Big Data Value

“Currently, Mercè’s team is in the process of implementing datatags for datasets in the Harvard Dataverse repository. This has been a big task due to legal compliance issues, security requirements and the conditions set by various data agreements. These datasets often contain sensitive information about individuals and therefore safeguards need to be put in place to protect these individuals. Policies on data sharing play a critical role in balancing the benefits and risks. The average citizen wants privacy and safety of his data but has little time for data governance. As the amount of data driven products is only expected to increase, so is the demand of citizens for privacy management. It is important to map the data beforehand because the manner in which relevant regulation is to be attached to the data is dependent on the data itself. When regulation changes, the datatags will have to be adopted as well, for instance by providing an updated version of the tag. For these purposes, they teamed up with lawyers helping them with the verification of the datatags. More recently, Mercè has been involved with the OpenDP project as one of the co-PIs, an open-source platform for differential privacy libraries. This work would allow to mine and analyze sensitive datasets while preserving their privacy and never been accessed directly by the researchers. Dataverse, DataTags, and OpenDP will together provide a privacy-preserving platform for sharing and analyzing sensitive data….”

Open Access Week 2019 | Research Data Management Program

“International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research.

At Harvard, the Library is dedicated to fostering equitable systems of open research and scholarship that serve the needs of our diverse global community.

This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work. Please join us for a variety of workshops on open platforms to help you make your research, data, and scholarship more accessible, collaborative, and reproducible. …”

RDMLA | Research Data Management Librarian Academy: Exploring the need for research data management training for librarians

“The Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) is a free online professional development program for librarians, information professionals, or other professionals who work in a research-intensive environment throughout the world.

RDMLA features a unique partnership between a LIS academic program, academic health sciences and research libraries, and Elsevier. Partner institutions include:
       Harvard Medical School
       Harvard Library
       Simmons University
       Boston University
       Brown University
       Massachusettes College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
       Northeastern University
       Tufts University
       Elsevier….”

Digital Scholarship Librarian | Harvard University

“The individual in this position will assist the Associate Director of Scholarly Communication at the Countway Library in a variety of digital initiatives and open science activities that support students, faculty, and staff at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and collaborative projects with colleagues throughout the Harvard Library system.

 

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide services, support, and instruction to the Harvard Longwood Campus community as part of the Harvard Library’s wide-ranging efforts to advance access and dissemination of scholarship produced and consumed by Harvard University. Understanding and supporting the key digital technologies which are central to current trends in research production, publication, and dissemination, will be required attributes for the incumbent in this role. Furthermore, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will lead the Countway Library’s participation in the Harvard Library’s Institutional Repository (DASH), NIH PubMed Central deposits, open data initiatives, and research assessment tools….”

Digital Scholarship Librarian | Harvard University

“The individual in this position will assist the Associate Director of Scholarly Communication at the Countway Library in a variety of digital initiatives and open science activities that support students, faculty, and staff at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and collaborative projects with colleagues throughout the Harvard Library system.

 

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide services, support, and instruction to the Harvard Longwood Campus community as part of the Harvard Library’s wide-ranging efforts to advance access and dissemination of scholarship produced and consumed by Harvard University. Understanding and supporting the key digital technologies which are central to current trends in research production, publication, and dissemination, will be required attributes for the incumbent in this role. Furthermore, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will lead the Countway Library’s participation in the Harvard Library’s Institutional Repository (DASH), NIH PubMed Central deposits, open data initiatives, and research assessment tools….”

Safe Data Sharing: How Harvard-developed research tools helped Suso Baleato win the 2019 poster prize of the FAS Postdoc Research Symposium | Institute for Quantitative Social Science

“Ask Dr. Suso Baleato about how his past two years working as a postdoctoral fellow at IQSS furthered his research, and he will talk less about the research itself than on the exciting technologies that have enabled it to be analyzed and made public. “Differential privacy,” he said, “is a computational way to safely share statistical analysis of sensitive data. Now you can apply differential privacy to real cases. This is IQSS!”

To understand the importance of differential privacy and two other Harvard-developed tools, DataTags and Dataverse, one need look no farther than Baleato’s work studying the digitalization of society. Personal computers, mobile phones, social media, the internet itself – these have all seen exponential growth in the past two decades, allowing average citizens to answer their doorbells and control the settings on their toasters from halfway across the globe. More importantly, the rise of digitalization has made information more accessible, in some cases beyond what some governments may wish their citizens to have….”

Digital Scores and Libretti – CURIOSity Digital Collections

“The Loeb Music Library digitizes scores and libretti selected for their rare or unique natures and their popularity as objects of research and teaching.

By providing online access to these items, the library makes primary source materials available for use at Harvard and around the world.

This digital collection includes manuscripts, first editions, and early editions of music from the 17th to the early 20th century. Many items, such as variant editions and annotated proofs of 19th-century operas and related libretti, are meant to be seen and used together. As a group, they give scholars a window into the study of historical performance practice….”