National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information, has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below:

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility. A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.
Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.
More information is available at Please contact Cheryl Levey ( with any questions.

NDSA Report on Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

NDSA Report on Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has just issued a report on the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data; this should be of interest in a wide range of data curation contexts. You can find some background on the report, and a pointer to the report at the blog site of Library of Congress:

DataONE Scientists Survey

Invitation to Participate in a DataONE Scientists Survey

The DataONE project is inviting participation in a study on how scientists currently create, preserve, manage, and share their data as well as how they are involved in education concerning these topics. Please contact Carol Tenopir ( with any questions.

Click the link below to open the survey or cut and paste it into your browser.

International Digital Curation Conference, San Francisco 24-27 February 2014

IDCC14, SF 24-27 Feb: “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society,” Draft Program and Registration Open

See more about IDCC 2014 at:

The draft program is now available. A workshop program will be published in November. The Call for Papers will close on Monday 28 October.

You can register now for IDCC14.

EC Report From Public Consultation on Open Research Data

The European Commission has published a report of its public consultation on open research data, held in July in Brussels

The report summarizes the views of a wide variety of stakeholders (eg. researchers, industry, research funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers) in response to five key questions: 

  1. How can we define research data and what types of data should be open?
  2. When and how does openness need to be limited?
  3. How should the issue of data re-use be addressed?
  4. Where should research data be stored and made accessible?
  5. How can we enhance data awareness and a culture of sharing?

 In addition to the online report published by the EC, you can read about LIBER’s views on the importance of this work for research libraries.

Report: Data Access Policies Landscape

Data Access Policies Landscape, report written by Dr. Stephanie Wykstra

For anyone working with data and data policies, this is an excellent report prepared by Dr. Stephanie Wykstra.

New technology makes sharing research outputs– not just publications but also raw data, code, software, even lab notebooks – easier than ever before. The benefits from more open science are widely acknowledged. Yet there is still room for improvement: recent studies show that at least in some fields, sharing isn’t yet widespread. There are also a number of questions that remain: what should be shared, how and who should cover the costs? Even where it’s clear that research transparency should become the norm, answering these questions across diverse domains is challenging and will require much work and cooperation.

This landscape has several aims. First, to help inform funders. Funders play an important role in the shift to data-sharing and research transparency more broadly, and we hope that informing them about the policy landscape and available options may be useful. Here we present a range of funder policies, including their basic components, variation among them, and some considerations in favor of the different options. Second, we pull together resources for funders (and researchers that they fund and advise) as they face questions about data access. Third, we briefly survey some initiatives in the “research transparency” field more broadly, with the aim of facilitating collaboration.

To continue reading this report, you can download a full report from Figshare

Call for Papers for 40th Anniversary IASSIST Conference

Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure: IASSIST 2014 Annual Conference Call for Paper and Session Proposals

The international research community is in the midst of building a global data ecosystem that consists of a mixture of domain data repositories, data archives, data libraries, and data services and that seeks ways to facilitate data discovery, integration, access, and preservation. Evidence of this transformation is found in the recently established ICSU World Data System and in the Research Data Alliance. Like IASSIST, these organizations are contributing to the development of a global data ecosystem. Alignment, or unification of strategies, must take place at many levels to achieve this. How do we proceed? What advancements are needed in research data management, research infrastructure, and the development of new expertise?

IASSIST welcomes submissions on the topics described above and encourage conference participants to propose papers and sessions that will be an interest to a diverse audience. To facilitate the formation and scheduling of sessions, three tracks are being offered:

  • Managing research data
  • Providing data services, and
  • Developing data infrastructure tools.

Deadline for submission: 9 December 2013.

More information about the conference and proposal is available here: