A Symposium on Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online

Finding the Needle in the Haystack: A Symposium on Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online

Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is pleased to announce that the audio files from the last BRDI Symposium, “Finding the Needle in the Haystack: A Symposium on Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online,” are now available online. The symposium was held in D.C. in February, 2013.


ORCID and Ringgold

ORCID using Ringgold as Registration Agency for ISNI Institutional Identifiers

ORCID has entered into an agreement with Ringgold Inc to provide its
database of institutional entities and associated unique institutional
identifiers, in the form of Ringgold IDs and the forthcoming ISNI numbers.
These unique organizational identifiers will be used to support the accurate
and persistent identification of researcher institutional affiliations in
the ORCID Registry.

ORCID, https://orcid.org, provides researchers with the ability to obtain a
unique ID which distinguishes a researcher from others and allows for
accurate attribution of research output. The new agreement with Ringgold has
numerous benefits to the research community:

  • Researchers can accurately state their institutional affiliations and keep them up to date
  • Research organizations can reduce the time-consuming process of maintaining up-to-date affiliation records and streamline access to institutional resources for their staff
  • Funders will be able to more easily track where the research they support is carried out
  • Publishers will be able to streamline the manuscript submission process and provide vital information for the automation of Article Publication Charges in open access journals.

For more information: http://orcid.org/blog/2013/06/27/orcid-plans-launch-affiliation-module-using-isni-and-ringgold-organization

DH Curation Institute

DH Curation Institute

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, three workshops on humanities data curation will be offered in 2013-14. Calendar of Workshops:

  • Workshop Location Apply By Dates
  • Workshop One Champaign, IL February 15, 2013 June 24-26, 2013
  • Workshop Two College Park, MD August 7, 2013 October 16-18, 2013
  • Workshop Three TBD TBD TBD (Spring 2014)

Note: The content of each workshop will be substantially the same. Case studies and guest lectures will vary by location.

For more information on the attendance to the Institute: DH Curation Institute

W3C Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group

The launch of the W3C Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group  (#rosc) has been announced.

The primary goal of the Community Group is to provide a platform for scholars, librarians, publishers, archivists and policy makers to exchange requirements and expectations for supporting a new form of scholarly communication, i.e. making the actual research assets available as first-class objects to enable better reuse and reproduce of research results and knowledge.

They aim to discuss and produce various documents on use cases, requirements, survey of related work, and best practice guidelines to facilitate the realization of the new form of scholarly communication.

The Community Group is open to all. More details can be found:



Environmental Information Management Institute

Scientists, engineers, and data librarians are working in an increasingly data-intensive research environment. The Environmental Information Management Institute (EIMI) provides graduate students and professionals with the conceptual and practical hands-on training to effectively design, manage, analyze, visualize, and preserve data and information. Participants completing the three-week Institute will gain invaluable experience with all aspects of the data lifecycle: from managing data files and creating databases and web portals, through state-of-the-art analysis and visualization techniques, as well as managing, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data.

  • Who: The Institute is open to UNM and non-UNM students.
  • When: Monday, June 3, 2013 – Friday, June 21, 2013
  • Space: Space is limited and preference will be given to students who register for all three weeks. The Institute is capped at 20 participants.
  • Credit: The Institute is comprised of three one-week graduate courses for two credits each. Students should check with their institution or departments to make sure the courses can be accepted for credit in their majors.
  • Fee: $1,000 for three courses; $350 for individual classes (up to two.) Fee is not covered by tuition or tuition waivers. Not all financial aid packages will cover the fee for this Institute. Please check with your funding agency to determine whether or not they will cover the fee. Fee covers all textbooks and readings.

For more information email Teresa Neely at (neely@unm.edu).

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II: An Action Assembly

This event will assemble digital preservation leaders from a variety of backgrounds (including national libraries, academic libraries and archives, research centres, public libraries, information science/management programs, archives, corporations, and funding agencies) to carry out international alignment activities to support the preservation of our collective digital memory.

This Action Assembly will build upon the successes of the 2011 ANADP Conference in Estonia, in which more than 120 delegates from 24 nations established targeted alignment channels for their future efforts. These alignment channels were documented in the conference volume, Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (Educopia, 2012), this year’s winner of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Preservation Publication award. The first major action outcomes-an international tools/services registry, a framework for applying OAIS to Distributed Digital Preservation methodologies, a catalogue of education and training opportunities, and quantitative data gathering around digital preservation costs-will be delivered to the community at ANADP II this Fall.

Research Data Management Education for Future Curators

Research Data Management Education for Future Curators by Mark Scott, Richard Boardman, Philippa Reed and Simon Cox, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southamptohen

International Journal of Digital Curation. Volume 8, Issue 1 | 2013. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.261. http://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/download/8.1.288/313


Science has progressed by “standing on the shoulders of giants” and for centuries research and knowledge have been shared through the publication and dissemination of books, papers and scholarly communications. Moving forward, much of our understanding builds on (large scale) datasets, which have been collected or generated as part of the scientific process of discovery. How will this be made available for future generations? How will we ensure that, once collected or generated, others can stand on the shoulders of the data we produce? Educating students about the challenges and opportunities of data management is a key part of the solution and helps the researchers of the future to start to think about the problems early on in their careers. We have compiled a set of case studies to show the similarities and differences in data between disciplines, and produced a booklet for students containing the case studies and an introduction to the data lifecycle and other data management practices. This has already been used at the University of Southampton within the Faculty of Engineering and is now being adopted centrally for use in other faculties. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the case studies and the guide, and reflect on the reception the guide has had to date.