Call for Editorial Proposals by June 30th

The ResearchDataQ Editorial Board (part of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section) is seeking proposals for editorials that describe services, support, or related activities around research data at your institution. Topics could include privacy, ethical data sharing, replication/reproducibility, or anything else you want to share with the ResearchDataQ audience! 

Proposals (up to 250 words) should clearly describe:

1. The services, support, or related activities you intend to address;

2. How you implemented this and/or what would be required to implement it elsewhere;

3. How this relates to relevant existing recommendations, policies, or standards (if applicable).

Please submit proposals here by June 30, 2021: https://goo.gl/forms/oxqIaoQ3tlGmfhil2. We expect to notify authors of accepted proposals in mid-July, and we will ask authors to expand accepted proposal topics into approximately 1000-1500 word editorials (ideally by mid-September with the possibility to extend if needed). The editorials will be featured on the ResearchDataQ website.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Johnson (andrew.m.johnson@colorado.edu).

Editorial: “The Evolution of Data Literacy Education at Florida State University Libraries”


We are excited to announce a new editorial today by Nick Ruhs of Florida State University. The editorial is titled “The Evolution of Data Literacy Education at Florida State University Libraries,” and it describes the growth of data literacy instruction at the author’s institution from “a handful of one-shot workshops focused on research data management” to “a mature series of multi-disciplinary training opportunities focused on data analysis and visualization software.” Read the editorial here.

Editorial: “The Pokémon has Four Arms: Research Data Management Education through Popular Culture”

We are excited to announce a new editorial today by Hannah Gunderman of Carnegie Mellon University. The editorial is titled “The Pokémon has Four Arms: Research Data Management Education through Popular Culture,” and it provides a case study describing a fun and engaging approach to teaching research data management by “using Pokémon to teach how to write detailed, reproducible documentation for research data in a project.” Read the editorial here.

Editorial: “Historical Analog Data: Valuable Asset at Risk on Your Campus”


We are excited to announce a new editorial today by Lois G. Hendrickson, Kristen L. Mastel, Shannon L. Farrell, and Julia A. Kelly of the University of Minnesota Libraries – Twin Cities. Their editorial is titled “Historical Analog Data: Valuable Asset at Risk on Your Campus,” and it discusses their work and lessons learned from helping researchers with analog data as well as a survey of the research literature where scientists used analog data. Read the editorial here.

Editorial: “Quantitative Data Skills for Undergraduates: Training Social Science Students to Work with Data”

We are excited to announce a new editorial today by Amelia Kallaher and Whitney Kramer of Cornell University. Their editorial is titled “Quantitative Data Skills for Undergraduates: Training Social Science Students to Work with Data,” and it describes the development and assessment of “a virtual seminar for undergraduates consisting of six 60-minute data-focused sessions with an accompanying Canvas course” that they developed to address a gap they identified in training for undergraduates on how to find existing data for projects. Read the editorial here.

Monthly Data Resources: February 2021

Every month, the ResearchDataQ editorial board will collect and share info on data-related events, publications, and other resources that may be of interest to the DSS community. 

Have an appropriate item to share in a future Data Resources email? Submit your suggestions here: https://researchdataq.org/suggest-a-topic/ 

Volunteer for the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board:

Do you have data expertise you would like to share with the ACRL DSS community and beyond? If so, consider volunteering to serve on the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board. We are currently seeking new members to join the Editorial Board for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2021. Recent Editorial Board activities included recruiting and reviewing editorials as well as creating other types of content for the ResearchDataQ website. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board, please fill out the ACRL committee volunteer form by February 12, 2021, and select “ACRL/DSS ResearchDataQ Editorial Board” from the list of DSS committees.

Spotlight on Black History Month:

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to highlight a few of the great projects and organizations that are led by Black scholars and data scientists and that focus on issues of data and racial equity and justice. 

The Algorithmic Justice League, founded by Poet of Code Joy Buolamwini (@jovialjoy), aims to “to raise public awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research to bolster campaigns, build the voice and choice of most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI bias and harms.”  Twitter: @AJLUnited 

Black Girls Code, founded by Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems), aims “to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.” Twitter: @BlackGirlsCode 

Black in Data, founded by Dr. Ruth Agbakoba (@RuthAgbakoba) and Simone Webb (@SimSci9), “represents a community of academics, professionals, and students working in various areas of data. We gather to support, learn from, and share opportunities with one another, and ultimately increase representation of Black people in data fields.” Twitter: @BlkInData

COVID Black, founded by Dr. Kim Gallon (@BlackDigitalHum), is “a Black Health data organization that uses data to tell stories about the Black lived experience to advocate for health equity. ” Twitter: @COVIDBLK 

The COVID Racial Data Tracker, initiated by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram), “advocates for, collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic across the United States. It’s a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.” Twitter: @COVID19Tracking and @AntiracismCtr 

Data For Black Lives, founded by Yeshimabeit Milner (@YESHICAN), is “a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.” Twitter: @Data4BlackLives

Love Data Week 

It is once again time for the annual international Love Data Week celebration (Feb. 8 – 12). The ICPSR is now the official home for Love Data Week! In addition to hosting their Adopt a Dataset event and a series of webinars, ICPSR is also maintaining a list of events from around the world.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is celebrating Love Data Week with a Spotlight on “Open” event – a series of 30 minute chats with experts on a number of questions related to openness and data. The week will be rounded out with a panel discussion featuring the week’s speakers. 

Follow Love Data Week on Twitter #LoveData21. 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship and Department of Information at University of Colorado Boulder is hosting a talk by Dr. Lauren Klein (Emory University), co-author with Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT) of the book, Data Feminism on Wednesday, February 10 at 2pm MST (GMT-7). Advance Registration Required.

Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual summit of the Research Data Access & Preservation Association (RDAP). This year’s theme is Radical Change and Data. The summit will be held March 10-12, 2021 on Zoom. Registration for the summit is $30 and additional workshops are $10. Scholarships are available with preference given to students, early career professionals, and individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups. Scholarship applications are due February 19. For more on the summit and summit scholarships visit the RDAP website.

The LIS Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) is now accepting applications for its 2021 virtual fellowship program – open to early-to-mid career library professionals and doctoral students in iSchool or ALA-accredited LIS programs. Fellows will study a preparatory curriculum and take part in a six-month data science project sponsored by a Member Node site. Application deadline: March 15th, 2021, 11:59pm EST

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has released a call for submissions for a special issue entitled “Data Curation in Practice”, which will be guest edited by members of the Data Curation Network. Submissions are encouraged which address “how information professionals are implementing data curation practices, workflows for institutions and repositories, ideas and sparks for improving data curation practices, and more.”  The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2021. 

IASSIST Quarterly has issued a call for proposals for a Special Issue on Systemic Racism in Data Practices. They invite proposals “that discusses anti-Blackness, antiindigeneity, white supremacy, and racism against minoritized and marginalized communities in data,research, tools, and practices.” The issue will be co-edited by Jonathan Cain, Columbia University, and Trevor Watkins, George Mason University. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2021. 

Recent Publications

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has published their yearly Special Issue highlighting works related to the Research Data and Preservation (RDAP) Summit 2020. the guest editors of this issue are Sara Mannheimer (Montana State University), Heather Coates (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Sawyer Newman (Yale University), and Amanda Rinehart (The Ohio State University). Read the full issue here.

Monthly Data Resources: December 2020

ResearchDataQ Monthly Data Resources

Every month, the ResearchDataQ editorial board will collect and share info on data-related events, publications, and other resources that may be of interest to the DSS community. 

Have an appropriate item to share in a future Data Resources email? Submit your suggestions here: https://researchdataq.org/suggest-a-topic/ 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Library Carpentry Advisory Group Call for New Members – applications are due by 18 January 2021. “The Library Carpentry Advisory Group acts as a key friend to The Carpentries governance and staff and advises on ways to foster greater participation in the Library Carpentry community. The Advisory Group discusses, plans, and pursues strategies for involving new and current members in Library Carpentry. Members of the Group volunteer to serve three year terms, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership each year.”

Call for Papers: 16th International Digital Curation Conference (19-20 April 2021) – The conference theme is “Data quality and data limitations: working towards equality through data curation”

Call for Proposals: The 16th International Conference on Open Repositories – The conference theme is “Open for All” and the proposal deadline is 25 January 2021.

Researcher Perspectives on Open Data & Open Scholarship – “Join us online Thursday, January 14, 2021 for the 13th Research Data Management Roundtable, sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services and Scholarly Communication SIGs. This event will feature a panel of researchers talking about their perspectives on and experiences with open scholarship with an emphasis on sharing data, mentoring students, and open science. The panel will be followed by a roundtable discussion during which attendees can explore their experiences, including opportunities, challenges, and surprises, pleasant or otherwise, engaging with researchers around open scholarship.”

Data & Society Workshop Call for Applications: Trust and Doubt in Public-Sector Data Infrastructures – Deadline to apply is Friday, January 8, 2021. “The event will take place online on Thursday, March 25, 2021, currently scheduled from 10 a.m. ET through 5 p.m. ET (exact timing to be confirmed). Participants will be offered a $150 stipend, contingent upon tax laws and acceptance. Unlike a conference, this workshop focuses on reading and offering interdisciplinary responses to in-progress draft papers. We strongly encourage participation from scholars outside of the United States. That said, we recognize that some constraints may be burdensome to certain participants. This event will be held in English and in the Eastern Standard Timezone.”

Recent Publications:

The latest issue of The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy contains an article reporting on the findings of the IMLS-funded “Visualizing the Future” grant and a forum on “Data and Computational Pedagogy:”

Monthly Data Resources: November 2020

Every month, the ResearchDataQ editorial board will collect and share info on data-related events, publications, and other resources that may be of interest to the DSS community. 

Thanks to Joan Lippincott (Coalition for Networked Information) for resource suggestions this month.

Have an appropriate item to share in a future Data Resources email? Submit your suggestions here: https://researchdataq.org/suggest-a-topic/ 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

The Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP) extended their call for proposals a month. New deadline is November 30, 2020. They are also having a free membership drive

Call for proposals for Outlier, a conference organized by the Data Visualization Society. Deadline December 1st 2020. 

The American Geophysical Union is looking for volunteers to staff their Data Help Desk at their Fall meeting. Contact megancarter@esipfed.org with questions. 

Recent Publications:

NIH published its new data sharing policy. Read reactions to the policy by Stuart Buck in Arnold Ventures, Kristin Briney in Data Ab Initio and Abigail Goben in Hedgehog Librarian

ACRL publishes “Interviews on Implementing Effective Data Practices”, part I, part II, and part III. Written by Natalie Meyers, Judy Ruttenberg, and Cynthia Hudson-Vitale

Roark, K. (2020). Data Management and Curation for Qualitative Research: Collaborative Curriculum Development and Implementation. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 9(1), 6. https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/vol9/iss1/6/

Check out the rest of the articles of the most recent issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Pisa, M. , Dixon, P. , Ndulu, B. and Nwankwo, U. (2020). Governing Data for Development: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities. CGD Policy Paper 190. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. https://www.cgdev.org/publication/governing-data-development-trends-challenges-and-opportunities 

 “Research Data Services in US Higher Education: A Web-Based Inventory,” Ithaka S+R, Nov. 2020, https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.314397. The dataset for the study is available as well.

Other Resources

    9-part Coalition for Networked Information’s (CNI) Digital Scholarship Planning webinar series
  • Recordings and presentations linked from each session here. Recordings are also accessible via Youtube and Vimeo. Presentations include these topics:
    • The Case for Developing Digital Scholarship Programs
    • Supporting Digital Scholarship During the Pandemic
    • Assessment
    • Staffing
    • Supporting Research
    • Initiatives in Teaching & Learning
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Space and Place
    • Reflections on Libraries and Digital Scholarship and Looking Ahead
  • Set of discussion questions developed for each session accessible from the same link.  If you have a digital scholarship planning group at your institution, these questions can be used to frame some of your planning meetings.

Monthly Data Resources: October 2020

Every month, the ResearchDataQ editorial board will collect and share info on data-related events, publications, and other resources that may be of interest to the DSS community. 

Thanks to Jean-Paul Courneya, MS (Bioinformationist, University of Maryland, Baltimore) for his resource suggestions this month.

Have an appropriate item to share in a future Data Resources email? Submit your suggestions here: https://researchdataq.org/suggest-a-topic/ 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

The Artificial Intelligence for Data Discovery and Reuse (AIDR) virtual conference Monday, October 19, held in conjunction with the Open Science Symposium, Tuesday, October 20, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and Department of Computer Science. Register here for both conferences.

Open Access Week is October 19-25. The theme for this year is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” Check out these ACRL resources to help you celebrate the week, including a free webinar Wednesday, October 21, 2pm Eastern time.

The Research Data Management Webinar Series offered by the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is back. Find details here for their October webinar on ethics and data visualization with presenters Nicole Contaxis and Fred LaPolla, taking place Thursday, October 22, 2pm-3pm Eastern time.

Open peer review call for the Open Data Section (edited by Brianna Marshall) of the upcoming open textbook Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture (ACRL, forthcoming 2021). The review period will end on October 25.

The Call for Proposals is open for the 2021 Summit of the Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP). The theme for this year’s summit is “Radical Change and Data”. Please submit your proposals for presentations, lightning talks, or workshops by November 1.

Recent Publications:

Chodacki, John, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Natalie Meyers, Jennifer Muilenburg, Maria Praetzellis, Kacy Redd, Judy Ruttenberg, Katie Steen, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and Maria Gould. Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, September 2020. https://doi.org/10.29242/report.effectivedatapractices2020.

Kim Gallon, A Review of COVID-19 Intersectional Data Decision-Making: A Call for Black Feminist Data Analytics, Part I.  Kim Gallon is the director and co-founder of COVID Black.

Max Kuhn and Julia Silge, Tidy Modeling with R, (October 2020), a free guide from the creators of the tidymodels framework – “a collection of R packages for modeling and machine learning using tidyverse principles.”

Danny Lämmerhirt, Ana Brandusescu, Natalia Domagala & Patrick Enaholo, eds. Situating Open Data: Global Trends in Local Contexts (Sept 2020) from African Minds an open access, not-for-profit, publisher of scholarly books.

Yongming Wang, ed., Special Issue (Vol. 5 No.1, 2020) of the International Journal of Librarianship on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and Libraries.    

Other Resources:

RJ Andrews, guest curator, in collaboration with the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination, (digital exhibit focusing on historical innovations in data visualization.) 

National Institutes of Health, National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave (secure data portal hosted by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) which “aims to improve the efficiency and accessibility of analyses with COVID-19 clinical data, expand our ability to analyze and understand COVID, and demonstrate a novel approach for collaborative pandemic data sharing.”)

National Institutes of Health, NCBI Datasets (a collection of experimental tools aiming to provide access to genome sequence and annotation data from the National Center for Bioinformation Technology).

Call for Editorial Proposals: Due October 30th

The ResearchDataQ Editorial Board is seeking proposals for editorials that describe services, support, or related activities around research data at your institution. Check out our past editorials for examples!

Proposals (up to 250 words) should clearly describe:

1. The services, support, or related activities you intend to address;

2. How you implemented this and/or what would be required to implement it elsewhere;

3. How this relates to relevant existing recommendations, policies, or standards (if applicable).

Please submit proposals here by October 30, 2020: https://goo.gl/forms/oxqIaoQ3tlGmfhil2.

We expect to notify authors of accepted proposals in mid-November, and we will ask authors to expand accepted proposal topics into approximately 1000-1500 word editorials (ideally by the end of December with the possibility to extend if needed). The editorials will be featured on the ResearchDataQ website.