Universities Must Encourage Research to Share Data | CHE

In an effort to understand why data don’t seem to make them out of the lab, Thomson Reuters assembled a panel of experts to address the issue. The complete article can be found on the Chronicle of Education Website under the Wired Campus blog and at this URL:



How to Share Scientific Data | NYT / Science Article

The New York Times reported on an interview with Vinton Cerf, the Vice President of Google, about “the costs in making scientific data widely available”. The NYT article can be found here:


The article focuses on an article, “Who Will pay for Public Access to Research Data” co-written by Cerf and Francine Berman (a computer scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). The complete article can be found here:


BRDI Big Data Symposium in DC (w/simultaneous webcast!)

The Board on Research Data and Information (in Washington D.C.) is holding a 2 1/2 hour symposium on Monday, September 23rd. Registration is free and open to the public. See below for more information:

“Big data” describes the phenomenon of an explosion in quantities of scientific data available for research. The term is also used to describe the vast increase in personal data available in a digital world. The enormous quantities of data are requiring new terms such as exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes, new methods of processing and storage, such as cloud computing, and additional broadband. Big data also implies new ways of thinking about data that emphasize their reuse and repurposing, and the recombination and aggregation of data from multiple sources; these are practices that are often in tension with traditional ideas about privacy and anonymity. Such developments offer unprecedented opportunities to realize scientific advances and economic growth – if we can sort out the right balances with privacy, and if legal and regulatory constraints do not become intractable barriers.

Data flow across boundaries for both scientific and commercial uses. There are several international and national efforts to enhance data privacy in a big data world, including revisions in the United States to the OECD 1980 Privacy Guidelines, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and proposed revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects. These activities impact access and use of data for a wide variety of research purposes. How can we provide adequate privacy protection for individuals without impeding research and innovation? How do these different regulatory approaches to privacy impact national and transnational research? Has society’s perspective on privacy evolved in a digital world, and how may it have to change further in the future?

This Symposium will explore current developments in these areas. The co-chair of the Board on Research Data and Information, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition on Networked Information, will lead the symposium discussion, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 23. The event will continue for 2 ½ hours in a mix of short presentations and discussion. The entire proceedings will be recorded and an audio-tape will be archived on the Board’s website. The meeting will be followed by a reception outside the Lecture Room.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration by no later than noon on September 20 is required (contact: Cheryl Levey, clevey@nas.edu or call 202-334-1531).

Big Data and the Humanities Workshop

A workshop on Big Data and the Humanities will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2013), which takes place between 6-9 October 2013 in Silicon Valley, California, USA.

The workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts and culture, the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas, and interpretative issues raised by applying such “hard” methods for answering subjective questions in the humanities.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference online submission system. The submission deadline is 30 July 2013. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which will be made available at the conference. For more information, see the workshop website at http://bighumanities.net/, and the main conference website at http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/bigdata/bigdata2013/.

The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research

Just something to keep in mind as you think about data-related projects and working with those who are doing work with data…

The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) provides  statistical consulting to all UM faculty, staff, and graduate students with the design, planning, analysis, and presentation of research studies.

CSCAR also presents workshops on statistical methods, statistical software, and qualitative data analysis. Fall, Winter and Spring workshop offerings include Statistics Review, SAS, SPSS, Stata, SEM and Analysis with R.

Visit the CSCAR web page for current offerings http://cscar.research.umich.edu/workshops for additional information.

Research Data Rights & Responsibilities: COGR Publication

The Council on Governmental Relations produced this document about research data and related rights and responsibilities:

“Access to, Sharing and Retention of Research Data: Rights & Responsibilities”

by Carol Blum

published March 1, 2012


Digital Curation Centre: How to Develop DMS Services

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has posted this publication on their website for higher education institutions:

“How to Develop Research Data Management Services – a guide for HEIs”

by Sarah Jone, Graham Pryor and Angus Whyte

Published March, 2013

The publication is available here: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/how-guides/how-develop-rdm-services

According to the DCC website:

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community. – See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/about-us#sthash.heJ3yhxR.dpuf