Editorial: “Radical Collaboration: Making the Computational Turn in Special Collections and Archives”

We are excited to announce that the third post in our series of editorials has been published. This editorial, by Justin D. Shanks, Sara Mannheimer, and Jason Clark of Montana State University, presents a case study of “radical collaboration” at their institution. They discuss the process of bringing together library employees working in data, digital scholarship, archives, and special collections so that “new ideas can be incubated and library and archives projects can be strengthened in a unified, co-located, cross-domain environment.” The editorial includes “thoughts regarding the potential of radical collaboration and the future of academic libraries, research data, and digital scholarship.” Read the editorial here.

Editorial: “What About the Little Guys?: How to Approach Supporting Research Data Management at a Small Liberal Arts College”

We are excited to announce that the second post in our series of editorials has been published. This editorial, by Rachel Walton and Patti McCall-Wright of Rollins College, explores issues with research data management support at a small liberal arts college. The authors challenge the narrative “that real research and datasets are not components of a liberal arts college”, and share what they learned from documenting and examining the many “data stories” they heard from people at their institution. Read the editorial here.

First editorial published: “The Boilerplate Problem in Data Management Plans”

We are very excited to announce that we have published the first of five editorials we received in response to our open call for proposals last spring. The first editorial, authored by Spencer D. C. Keralis, Elizabeth Grumbach, and Sarah Potvin, describes their “discovery of the prevalence of boilerplate language describing institutional repositories or digital libraries infrastructure and metadata schemas” from their research examining successful grant proposals from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities (NEH-ODH). Read the editorial here.

What happened to DataQ?

When we moved the (initially IMLS-funded) DataQ project to the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section in 2018, we decided that it was time for a new name to better reflect our mission and make ourselves more easily discoverable and identifiable. We obviously chose ResearchDataQ, which already happened to be part of our URL and our Twitter handle. For anyone not familiar with the earlier DataQ project, it operated primarily as a question and answer service. In the interest of documenting and preserving the history of that first phase of this project, a data set containing all of the questions we received from the community as well as the answers provided by our editors can be found here: https://doi.org/10.25810/8ST3-AN76