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23 Things: Libraries for Research Data

Presentation for "The Research Data Alliance and IFLA: Building Bridges for Research Data", August 17, 2015, at IFLA 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Created by Michael Witt, Purdue University Libraries. Handout: http://bit.ly/1IoYnlg

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Transcript of 23 Things: Libraries for Research Data

An overview of practical, free, online resources and tools that you can begin using
to incorporate research data into your practice of librarianship
23 Things: Libraries for Research Data

Learning Resources
Data Reference and Outreach
Data Management Plans
Data Literacy
Citing Data
Data Licensing and Privacy
Digital Preservation
Data Repositories
and Communities of Practice
Librarians are including data in their information literacy instruction, to recognize when they have a need for data and have the ability to properly locate, evaluate, and use data.
Data Literacy
12) The
Data Information Literacy
project and book developed a curriculum to help librarians and other teachers incorporate data into information literacy outreach and instruction,
Librarians are answering questions about data from patrons and conducting outreach to assess the data needs of their researchers and students.
Data Reference and Outreach
7) Begin a conversation with a researcher about data by
Conducting a Data Interview

8) Learn more about a researchers' needs by reading or creating your own
Data Curation Profile

9) Develop engagement materials to help your librarians such as the
DataONE Librarian Outreach Kit

10) Questions about data answered by experts on the
Librarians are becoming familiar with funder requirements and consulting with researchers to help them write and implement effective data management plans.
Data Management Plans
11) One example is the
that lists funder requirements in the United States and builds a plan by asking the researcher to answer a series of questions. Other countries such as the U.K. and Canada have similar tools,
Librarians are learning how to apply the principles of library science to solve problems and to provide new services related to research data management.
Learning Resources
1) A
"top ten" list of recommendations
for libraries to get started with research data management from LIBER,

2) Relevant concepts are presented and mapped in the
e-Science Thesaurus

3) Understanding the life of research data with the
DCC Curation Lifecycle Model

online training modules for librarians,

5) Read the most current literature in the
Digital Curation Bibliography

6) Dozens of examples of resource guides created by librarians for patrons to learn more about data on the
SpringShare LibGuide Community Site
23) Join the Research Data Alliance
IFLA 2015, Cape Town, South Africa - August 17, 2015
Building Bridges for Research Data
IFLA 2015 Cape Town, South Africa
August 17, 2015
..to help librarians engage
in research data!
Michael Witt, mwitt@purdue.edu Kay Raseroka, hk.raseroka@gmail.com
Purdue University, USA Botswana, Africa

Librarians are helping to organize, classify, and describe research data and developing standards for metadata to help make data more easily discovered, understood, and preserved.
13) Determine what metadata format is appropriate and standard to recommend or apply by using the
Metadata Standards Directory
Librarians are helping to promote the scholarship of data by encouraging and enabling data citation, assigning identifiers to datasets, creating links between documents and data, and helping users properly attribute credit to data producers.
Citing Data
has resources to help researchers make their datasets citable to help users give attribution and to begin measuring impact by issuing Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for datasets,
Librarians are helping researchers share their data using appropriate licenses and while protecting confidential information about subjects or other sensitive data.
Data Licensing & Privacy
How to License Research Data
from the Digital Curation Centre can help librarians work with researchers to choose a license for the data they share,

16) JISC manages the
with discussions on issues related to sensitive data,
Librarians are working with the archival community to develop and implement infrastructure and practices to ensure that data collections are accessible and usable in five, twenty, fifty, or a hundred years or longer.
Digital Preservation
17) Understand vocabularies and standards for digital archives using the Open Archival Information System (
) reference model and trustworthy digital repository certifications such as
ISO 16363
and the
Data Seal of Approval
Many libraries are providing institutional repositories to enable their users to publish and archive datasets or helping researchers identify other, appropriate repositories for specific funders, discipline, or other domains.
Data Repositories
18) Find an appropriate repository by searching the
registry of research data repositories,

at the University of Cape Town is an example of a repository of African survey data,

20) Publish and share data now using free, online data repositories such as
Open Science Framework
, or
Librarians are connecting with each other and a larger community of researchers, technologists, funders, publishers, and others to develop solutions and share best practices for research data management.
Community of Practice
21) An example of a federal approach to research data management community-building at a federal level is the
Australian National Data Service

22) Some annual conferences that address research data and involve librarians include the International Digital Curation Conference (
, Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (
), International Association for Social Science and Information Services & Technology (
), and Research Data Alliance (
Belong to an international community who builds social and technical bridges to enable data sharing. It's free to join by visiting the website, then subscribe to the
Libraries for Research Data
Interest Group
Link to handout: http://bit.ly/1IoYnlg
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