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Topic: Digital scholarship and data management

Blog Post
February 2, 2023

Building Campus Strategies for Data Support Services Project Kicks Off

With 2023 coined the “year of data” by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and data-intensive research methods growing across disciplines, campuses throughout the US and Canada are recognizing the strategic need to build a centralized approach to providing data support services to researchers. These services are often provided by the library, in addition to other campus units scattered across the university. Developed over time and with minimal coordination, data support services tend to exist in silos,…
Upcoming Event
March 22, 2023

Journals and Public Access to Research Data

Session at the 2023 NAS Journal Summit

Ithaka S+R’s Dylan Ruediger will present at the 2023 National Academy of Sciences Journal Summit in a session focusing on US OSTP federal policy to require public access to the data underlying published papers. The panel will discuss the implications of the new policy for journals, research infrastructure, and research culture. Other participants include Brian HItson, Jasna Markovac, Jennifer Gibson, Brooks Hanson, Anita de Waard, and Andrew Ewald. See the full agenda to learn more.
Upcoming Event
March 22, 2023

Impact of New Public Access Requirements for US Federally Funded Research

Session at the 2023 NAS Journal Summit

On March 22, Roger Schonfeld will present in a National Academy of Sciences Journal Summit session on the impact of new public access requirements for US federally funded research. The session will focus on the US federal agency implementation plans, the strategies publishers, libraries, and universities are putting in place in anticipation of those plans, as well as the impacts on global equity in scientific publishing, and more. See the agenda to learn more about the event.
Blog Post
December 5, 2022

Coordinating Research Data Support Services Across Campus

Announcing a Second Cohort

This fall, Ithaka S+R announced a new cohort-based research and consulting project to help universities coordinate research data support services across campus. Demand for the first cohort has been overwhelming, making it clear just how timely and important this topic is to university leaders. For this reason, we are pleased to announce that we are organizing a second cohort so that more universities can participate in this project.
Past Event
November 15, 2022

Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions for Virtual Conferencing

Keystone Symposia Reimagining Scientific Conferences

On Tuesday, November 15, Ithaka S+R’s Dylan Ruediger will participate in a panel discussion on Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions for Virtual Conferencing, hosted by Keystone Symposia as part of Reimagining Scientific Conferences. The virtual event will explore lessons learned from the pandemic in how to engage audiences online, the benefits of virtual formats, and the challenges of replicating networking opportunities and catalyzing collaborations. Learn more about the event and register here.
Past Event
October 27, 2022

Perspectives on the Nelson Memo

Mandating Public Access to the Outputs of Federally-Funded Research in the US

On Thursday, October 27 at 11:00am – 12:30pm ET, the Council of Science Editors is hosting a webinar that will bring together experts in scholarly publishing to discuss the possible implications of the Nelson Memo for publishers, authors, and the scientific community more broadly. The panel will be moderated by Brooke LaFlamme, with speakers Jennifer Griffiths, James Butcher, Angela Cochran, and Ithaka S+R’s Dylan Ruediger. Learn more and register here.
Past Event
November 2, 2022

A Tipping Point to OA in the US?

Mapping the Road to Implementing the ‘Nelson Memo’

On November 2 at 4:00 – 4:40 pm ET, Ithaka S+R’s Danielle Miriam Cooper will participate in a session at the 2022 Charleston Conference on the significance of the Nelson Memo and implications for libraries and publishers. The event will feature a mix of policy analysis, debate, and informed forecasting. Other speakers include Daniel Sepulveda and Robert Kiley, and the session will be moderated by Julia Kostova. Learn more about the event here.
Past Event
October 4, 2022

The Growing Importance of Video in Scholarly Publishing

On October 4 at 10 am ET, Dylan Ruediger will participate in a webinar on the use of video content across the scholarly community. Hosted by HighWire as part of the Best Practice Webinar series, the session will include discussion on video and audio metadata guidelines, event streaming and video conference as part of the scholarly record, tagging and taxonomy for video, metadata standards and best practices, as well as an audience Q&A. Learn more and register here.
Blog Post
September 15, 2022

Community Reflections on Ithaka S+R’s report about Digital Preservation and Curation Systems

In July 2022, we shared our findings from a broad examination of the digital preservation and curation systems landscape, drawn in part from deep dives into a number of third-party preservation platforms. Along with this research, we’ve held a series of online forums to gather feedback on the report from the community. Here, we synthesize what we heard during five invitation-only and three open webinars with 253 people, including preservation service providers, curation specialists, technologists, and more.
Blog Post
September 6, 2022

Coordinating Research Data Support Services Across Campus

Announcing the Launch of a New Cohort-Based Research and Consulting Project

Data-intensive research methods are used by researchers in a wide and growing number of disciplines and are now central to the research enterprise. As these methods spread, universities are making significant investments in developing campus services to provide critical support for big data research. We are excited to announce a project that will bring together a select cohort of librarians and campus representatives to develop strategies for coordinating campus data support services.
Past Event
September 22, 2022

New Directions in Data Science and Scholarly Publishing

Society for Scholarly Publishing 2022 Seminar

In a session at the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 2022 Seminar, Ithaka S+R’s Dylan Ruediger will join Rebecca McLeod, Christina Drummond, and Lillian Wang Selonick in a discussion of how organizations can use internal data to improve workflows and staff experience, inform the impact of outputs, activities, and more. The session is scheduled for 11am-12pm on Thursday, September 22 at the seminar, taking place in Washington, DC and virtually. Learn more here.
Past Event
September 29, 2022

Selecting and Implementing Digital Preservation Systems

A Two-Part Workshop Hosted by LYRASIS

In a two-part workshop hosted by LYRASIS and designed for heritage organization staff, Oya Y. Rieger will present strategies for assessing local preservation needs and implementing digital preservation and curation systems and tools, drawing on Ithaka S+R’s recent report, “The Effectiveness and Durability of Digital Preservation and Curation Systems.” The sessions will meet on September 29 at 2-3:30 pm ET and on October 13 at 2-3:30 pm ET. Learn more about the workshop and register here.
Past Event
November 14, 2022

The Effectiveness and Durability of Digital Preservation and Curation Systems

Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Webinar

On November 14 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, Oya Rieger and Roger Schonfeld will share an overview of key findings from a recent Ithaka S+R report on the changing landscape of digital preservation and the sustainability of digital preservation and curation systems, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Learn more about the event, hosted by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.
Blog Post
August 10, 2022

How Can Data Librarians Support Data Communities? Part Two

An Interview with Amanda Rinehart

Data communities provide social and practical incentives for scientists to voluntarily share and reuse data with colleagues. In order for data communities to emerge and grow, they need support. Information professionals, such as data librarians and research computing specialists, can advise data communities on best practices for data sharing and help them create or improve the required infrastructure, such as online repositories and metadata schemas.
Past Event
August 31, 2022

Collaboration Between Researchers and Information Professionals to Promote Data Sharing

Long-term collaborations between research communities and information professionals are relatively rare: yet, the expertise data librarians and other information professionals bring to the table can accelerate FAIR data sharing efforts. Drawing on findings from our recent NSF-funded workshop on promoting data sharing in STEM fields, Ithaka S+R and the Data Curation Network will host "Collaboration Between Researchers and Information Professionals to Promote Data Sharing" on August 31, 2022, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern. The webinar will bring together information…
Blog Post
August 9, 2022

Sustaining Scientific Data Sharing Communities

Findings from an Incubation Workshop

The sharing of research data is essential to open science, and major funders have made significant investments in building an infrastructure of domain and generalist data repositories to support data sharing. While barriers to data sharing remain a challenge, many communities of researchers actively and voluntarily share and reuse data to advance science in areas of mutual interest. Understanding the successes and challenges these “data communities” face is important to providing support for their evolving needs as they grow, and…
Research Report
August 9, 2022

Leveraging Data Communities to Advance Open Science

Findings from an Incubation Workshop Series

Several recent studies have indicated that large numbers of researchers in many STEM fields now accept the value of openly sharing research data. Yet, the actual practice of sharing data—especially in forms that comply with FAIR principles—remains a challenge for many researchers to integrate into their workflows and prioritize among the demands on their time. In many disciplines and subfields, data sharing is still mostly an ideal, honored more in the breach than in practice.
Blog Post
July 19, 2022

Supporting the Future Discovery and Use of Digital Content

New Report

Regardless of their size, location, or the communities they serve, all heritage organizations are involved in curating digital content, whether that content is born-digital or reformatted from physical materials. There are a range of risks involved in managing this content, including technical malfunctions, media obsolescence, and organizational failures—just to name a few. In light of such threats, digital preservation to enable the discovery, access, and use of content by designated user communities over time…
Research Report
July 19, 2022

The Effectiveness and Durability of Digital Preservation and Curation Systems

In August 2020, with funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R launched an 18-month research project to examine and assess the sustainability of these third-party digital preservation systems. In addition to a broad examination of the landscape, we more closely studied eight systems: APTrust, Archivematica, Arkivum, Islandora, LIBNOVA, MetaArchive, Samvera and Preservica.
Research Report
July 14, 2022

Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2021

The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey has tracked the changing research, teaching, and publishing practices of faculty members within higher education triennially since early digital transformation at the turn of the century. This project has aimed to provide actionable findings to help colleges and universities, among other relevant stakeholders such as academic libraries, learned societies, and scholarly publishers, make evidence-based decisions for their planning and strategy.