This is a guest post collectively written by the XFR Collective (pronounced “transfer collective”), a grass-roots digitization and digital-preservation organization. They work with artists and media creators to rescue and preserve digital works, utilizing open, free platforms — such as the Internet Archive — for long-term preservation and access. We featured them in two previous […]
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Software Carpentry (http://software-carpentry.org) and Data Carpentry (http://datacarpentry.org) to offer an open instructor training course on May 4-5, 2017 geared specifically for the Library Carpentry movement. Open call for Instructor Training This course will take place in Portland, OR, in conjunction with csv,conf,v3, a community conference for data […]
Ashley Blewer is an archivist, moving image specialist and developer who works at the New York Public Library. In her spare time she helps develop open source AV file conformance and QC software as well as standards such as Matroska and FFV1. She’s a three time Association of American Moving Image Archivists’ AV Hack […]
This is a guest post by Stefanie Ramsay. How do you capture, preserve and make accessible thousands of born-digital documents produced by state agencies, published to varying websites without any notification or consistency and which are often relocated or removed over time? This is the complex task that the State Library of Massachusetts faces in […]
(guest post by Johannes Otterbach) First Big Data and Data Science, then Data Driven and Data Informed. Even before I changed job titles—from Physicist to Data Scientist—I spent a good bit of time pondering what makes everyone so excited about these things, and whether they have a place in the academy. Data Science is an […]
The following is a guest post by Barrie Howard, IT project manager at the Library of Congress. The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program is pleased to announce the successful completion of another train-the-trainer workshop in 2015. The most recent workshop took place in Sacramento, California, from September 22th–25th. This domestic training event follows […]
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) continues to provide a useful international network for those active in research data-related activities. Last week, DCC attended the most recent plenary in Paris to contribute to a number of relevant working and interest groups. Amongst these was the Interest Group on Education and Training for the Handling of Research Data (IG-ETHRD), which I currently co-chair with Yuri Demchenko of the University of Amsterdam / the EC-funded EDISON project.
We were delighted to have such a good turnout at our IG meeting with 99 seats filled (including by the DCC’s Sarah Jones and ex-DCC staff member Alex Ball along with a number of other big names in research data skills development) and some more people listening from outside. Clearly the training and skills agenda is an important one which connects directly to building capacity and creating jobs across the research data space. Our aim is to support education and training-related activities across the full spectrum of stakeholders including those who identify as researchers, librarians, data scientists, research data managers and any other interested parties. In these ways, the ethos of this group is very much in line with our range of work at DCC; we recognise that increasing capacity and skill levels in research data handling improves practice throughout the lifecycle and as a result, the chances of availability of research data for reuse and impact.
Last week’s meeting provided updates on current IG-ETHRD activities including:
- development of an updated profile of skills and proficiencies for four different research-data handling professions, namely research librarians; research administrators, research infrastructure managers; and researchers. We are gathering suggestions of 1. essential skills for research data handling; 2. desirable skills for research data handling; and 3. relevant literature and projects about aspects of research data handling for each of these four professions. This process will run until 15 Dec 2015.
- participation in the ULCC–DPC-DCC training needs survey available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAPTNS2015DCC until 16 Oct 2015 (we have 207 responses so far!)
- an active call for suggestions of work we can undertake with related working groups (WGs) and IGs at RDA, and other groups.
We also enjoyed short presentations on the GridKA summer school; on the upcoming Data Science Summer School in Trieste this August which will be produced by CODATA, RDA, ICTP and TWAS; and on the EDISON project; before a lively discussion around the room.
Time was short so we’d like to continue the discussion. If you would like to find out more about the group, please visit the group’s webpage (free website login required) – joining the mailing list is the best way to keep up to date with our activities. And if you’re interested in knowing more about any of the activities described above, please get in touch with one of the two co-chairs: laura.molloy AT glasgow.ac.uk, or y.demchenko AT uva.nl. Or let us know what needs to happen next in research data related education and training, in the comments below!
The following is a guest post by Barrie Howard, IT Project Manager at the Library of Congress. This post is part of a series about digital preservation training inspired by the Library’s Digital Preservation Outreach & Education (DPOE) Program. This series focuses on exceptional individuals who have, among other things, completed one of the DPOE […]
Last week Stanford Libraries hosted the third annual Science Boot Camp West (SBCW 2015), “… building on the great Science Boot Camp events held at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013 and at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2014. Started in Massachusetts and spreading throughout the USA, science boot camps for librarians are […]
The 2015 NDSR residents have arrived! The launching of this next class of the NDSR Washington, D.C. residency program (the inaugural class was in 2013-14) began with a week-long orientation for the residents. The centerpiece event was the Opening Conference on June 10th, which took place in one of the historic rooms of the Jefferson […]