Data Management with ACRL

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How are you saving your data?

There are several options for those who want to learn more about data management through ACRL. I am listing them below to clarify how they relate to each other.

At ACRL 2015 in Portland there is a workshop about developing data management services:

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Practical Approaches for Developing Data Management Services

This preconference will address the data management education needs of the library community. Through a sequence of modules, attendees will leave this session with knowledge of the diverse data management landscape, strategies to engage their campus communities, and a plan for starting or enhancing data management services. It is the intention that feedback from this session could be used to inform future ACRL educational and training opportunities for data management/curation. A basic understanding of the research lifecycle, scholarly communication, and the broad concepts of data management is preferred. Prior to the preconference, registrants will receive an email of suggested readings.

Online there is the ACRL eLearning Online eCourse which is about writing data management plans for grant proposals:
What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans

April 27-May 15, 2015

Description: Demand for data management plan consultants is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Most presentations concerning data management do not provide practical advice on how to consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission. This course teaches participants about the elements of a successful data management plan, and provides practice critiquing data management plans in a supportive learning environment where no grant funding is at stake.  Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on data management plan. Each week will include assigned readings, a written lecture, discussion questions, weekly assignments, and live chats with the instructors.

Participants will examine how data and metadata are defined, open data formats, dark archives, and secure repositories as well as addressing specialty concerns such as how securely preserve information related to at risk populations, etc. Selection of effective long term data preservation and sharing strategies will also be examined. Lastly, participants will evaluate sample data management plans from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities as a final project for the course. Critiques of each plan will be presented to the class during the final chat session at the end of the course.

The materials used for the above course are also being used in ACRL 2015 Annual Conference preconference in San Francisco. Please do not attend both the online eCourse and the below preconference, they are essentially the same program in different formats:

Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.

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Crowd Sourcing Design

Earlier this week I asked about iconic images in Chemistry on Twitter. Below if the storify of the results:

While many of these images come to mind for me I wanted to ask others what they thought. I’m working with a graphic designer to create some promotional materials for graduate students and wanted to gather more than just my personal opinion on what stood out as iconic. So often we skip the ask others stage in design, which is fine if we’re making something for ourselves. Even if you don’t have time to do a huge study you can usually find some people on one or more social media sites who are happy to weigh in and help you crowd source ideas.

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A Tribute to Jean-Claude Bradley, Chemist, Open Science Proponent, A True Gentleman

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Open Notebook Science

Tomorrow is the memorial service for Jean-Claude Bradley. If you are in the area it will be held Saturday June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Boulevard SDA Church, 8441 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

If you are in science or librarianship and haven’t heard of him Jean-Claude Bradley was a gifted chemist best know for his commitment to doing Open Notebook Science. Others have written eloquent posts about his skills as a mentor and his devotion to open science.

I first met Jean-Claude in 2011 when I attended the annual Science Online unconference. It was one of the first professional events I attended after leaving industry as a chemist and becoming a chemistry librarian. Although I only met him a few times his courage to take a stand and do what he thought should be done in the face of opposition has inspired me to do the same. Like many who attend Science Online he was a maverick; a rock star of the open science movement, consistently sharing his work and advocating for others to do the same. Chemist might be interested in his open melting point data set in which his team determined melting points for 27,000 substances. Serious scholars may wonder how all this impacted his work as a chemist.  According to Google Scholar he has received approximately 1500+ citations, 766 of which occurred from 2009 through the present. At the time of his death his Google Plus page indicated his research interests to be:

Currents projects focus on open collections and open modeling of solubility and melting point data.  Applications include drug and reaction discovery, the and the creation of an app to recommend solvents for recrystallization, created in collaboration with Andrew Lang.

While all of these things are great, I will always remember him best for his kindness to others. He was always willing to talk to anyone regardless of how old they were, or their status as a student or professional. His accomplishments as a researcher, open science proponent, easy manner and approachability made him one of the scientists that I admire the most. May we all be more open in memory of Jean-Claude.

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