Research Data Management and FAIR data: importance, challenges and opportunities. | Zenodo

“On Thursday, 28 May, the INOS project: Integrating Open and Citizen Science into active learning approaches in Higher Education organised a virtual Learning and Train-the-Trainer Activity (LTTA) targeting the project partner team. The main goal of the activity was to enhance the project partners’ skills in order for them to be able to deliver other Open Knowledge and Open Innovation Activities later in the project. LIBER, taking the lead on the training, organized a virtual training session on  Research Data Management entitled ‘Research Data Management (RDM) and FAIR data: importance, challenges and opportunities’. Our two trainers who led the session with lectures, discussions and an interactive game, were:

Dr Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library

Dr Heather Andrews, Data Steward, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,TU Delft …”

Research Data Management and FAIR data: importance, challenges and opportunities. | Zenodo

“On Thursday, 28 May, the INOS project: Integrating Open and Citizen Science into active learning approaches in Higher Education organised a virtual Learning and Train-the-Trainer Activity (LTTA) targeting the project partner team. The main goal of the activity was to enhance the project partners’ skills in order for them to be able to deliver other Open Knowledge and Open Innovation Activities later in the project. LIBER, taking the lead on the training, organized a virtual training session on  Research Data Management entitled ‘Research Data Management (RDM) and FAIR data: importance, challenges and opportunities’. Our two trainers who led the session with lectures, discussions and an interactive game, were:

Dr Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library

Dr Heather Andrews, Data Steward, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,TU Delft …”

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.

Statement by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) on combatting COVID-19: the importance of sharing knowledge to create a comprehensive and publicly available evidence-base

The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting everyone worldwide, and policymakers, scientists and practitioners are exploring uncharted territory while trying to get to grips with this new virus. Especially in such times of great uncertainty, building on up-to-date and accurate information is crucial. Robust systems of epidemic intelligence that can provide solid national and regional-level epidemiological data to inform modelling of disease transmission at the population level, and ultimately offer effective guidance on public health action, are needed. Sharing data, research outcomes and experiences in order to build a common, growing body of intelligence is key when battling the outbreak and saving lives. Indeed, we see many examples of information being shared, across disciplinary, sectoral and geographical borders, contributing to new insights and accelerated generation of knowledge. EUPHA, as a science-based organisation, commends this open attitude, and calls upon all relevant authorities, organisations and experts to share evidence to the maximum extent possible.

Research Data Management Services and Strategic Planning in Libraries Today: A Longitudinal Study

Abstract:  INTRODUCTION Research data services have been adopted by many academic libraries. This study tracked the changes in research data management services and staffing among Association of American Universities (AAU) libraries over the past 5 years and compared them to the libraries’ goals for research data management (RDM) in their strategic plan. METHODS This quantitative study examined libraries at the 60 U.S. AAU institutions. In order to examine longitudinal changes, portions of Briney et.al. (2015a) were used as a basis for measuring data librarian staffing and services. These trends were compared to the contemporary strategic priorities of libraries interviewed by Meier (2016), as well as against strategic plans of 2014 and 2019 available online. RESULTS & DISCUSSION While there have been modest increases in libraries in the sample population offering data services, most of those gains have been among the libraries that did not consider RDM a priority in 2014. Interestingly, some of the libraries that mentioned RDM as a priority in 2014 have lost data librarian positions. Over half of the libraries in this study now provide or support a data repository. Many library strategic plans that mentioned RDM as an explicit goal 5 years ago now no longer mention it. CONCLUSION Data librarian positions, data services, and data repositories have now become common features of large research university libraries. However, research data services are no longer as prominent in many library strategic plans at institutions where such services are more established, and libraries instead seem to be moving on to the work of rethinking the nature of the services or expanding them.

 

First virtual meeting of the SSHOC Training Community | SSHOPENCLOUD

“Training scholars and assisting them in the development of training activities is one of the goals SSHOC set out for the Training Community. We will invite community members to contribute to the SSHOC Training Toolkit that will be released in April. The toolkit will be a searchable inventory covering different topics, such as RDM and Open Science, and various materials, including modules, slides, didactics, videos, and games that trainers can re-use and apply in their own training activities. 

We will organize targeted (online) train-the-trainer bootcamps this year to further co-create and expand the toolkit. Bootcamps will also facilitate the exchange of best practices and help trainers to develop and improve their training activities. …”

Sorbonne declaration on research data rights

Signed by nine major university consortia. 

(The file is an image scan that doesn’t support cutting and pasting. Otherwise, this description would be longer and more useful.)

The declaration is undated, but was officially released on January 27, 2020.

 

Sorbonne declaration on research data rights

Signed by nine major university consortia. 

(The file is an image scan that doesn’t support cutting and pasting. Otherwise, this description would be longer and more useful.)

The declaration is undated, but was officially released on January 27, 2020.

 

ARL Comments on Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing – Association of Research Libraries

“On November 6, 2019, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for public comments on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental DRAFT guidance. NIH has a long history of promoting public access to the research it funds, including policies for sharing scientific data generated from large awards, genomic data, and data from clinical trials.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) welcomes the opportunity to comment on these new draft policies, expanding the guidance on data sharing to all extramural awards, contracts, intramural research projects, and other funding agreements. ARL offers these comments in consultation with member representatives, experts in the data librarian community, and through consultation with a wider group of institutional stakeholders who recently met to draft implementation guidelines for effective data practices recommended by the US National Science Foundation….”

New Landscapes on the Road of Open Science: 6 key issues to address for research data management in the Netherlands | Open Working

“The road to Open Science is not a short one. As the chairman of the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud, Karel Luyben, is keen to point out, it will take at least 10 or 15 years of travel until we reach a point where Open Science is simply absorbed into ordinary, everyday science.

Within the Netherlands, and for research data in particular, we have made many strides towards that final point. We have knowledge networks such as LCRDM, a suite of archives covered by the Research Data Netherlands umbrella, and the groundbreaking work done by the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences.

But there is still much travel to be done; many new landscapes to be traversed. Data sharing is still far from being the norm (see here for a visualisation of these results).

The authors of this blog post have put together six areas that, in their opinion, deserve attention on our Open Science journey….”