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: 

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 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.

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. 

 “Research Data Services in US Higher Education: A Web-Based Inventory,” Ithaka S+R, Nov. 2020, 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.

Editorial: “Generating Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A Book Discussion to Consider the Place of Data Visualization in the Classroom”

We are excited to announce a new editorial today by Shannon Sheridan and Rick Fisher of the University of Wyoming. Their editorial is titled “Generating Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A Book Discussion to Consider the Place of Data Visualization in the Classroom,” and it discusses a collaboration between the University of Wyoming’s Data Management Librarian and Director of Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) to use a book discussion group on data visualization “to challenge and extend faculty’s views about what counts as academic and disciplinary ‘communication,’ a concept that is often quite narrowly defined in classroom settings.” Read the editorial here.

Editorial: “Give Them What They Want: Graduate Student Workshops Focused on Skills, Not Theory”

The fifth and final post for 2019 in our editorial series, by Clara Llebot Lorente and Hannah Rempel of Oregon State University, shares lessons learned about tailoring workshops for graduate students to skills rather than theory. The authors “learned that offering content that is initially abstract, but which is based in practice better aligns with our audience’s learning preferences and results in more successful workshops for both attendees and librarians.” They provide best practices for designing library workshops based on their experiences and registration data, including specific recommendations for data management-focused workshops. Read the editorial here.

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: