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.
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.
The fourth post in our series of editorials, which we are excited to announce today, is by Michael J. Stamper of Virginia Tech University Libraries who describes “the benefits of using a holistic, ‘Design Thinking’ approach in the realm of data visualization and information design services.” Read the editorial here.
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.
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.
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.
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
Now that we successfully transitioned to our new home in the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section, we are excited to bring some big changes to ResearchDataQ (formerly known as DataQ)! This fall we will be featuring a series of five editorials written by community members on a wide variety of topics related to research data support in academic libraries. Watch for more details soon!