We Do Data Management: An Update
Facilitating data sharing among researchers continues to be a priority service that librarians at Mann and other Cornell University Libraries offer to the research community. We're happy to report some recent activities:
- In response to the new policy on data management plans adopted by the National Science Foundation in January 2011, Cornell University Library is offering data help to faculty in formulating robust data management plans through the Research Data Management Service Group. The RDMSG website provides links to specific services, including storage, help with developing metadata, and information on protecting intellectual property and copyright. The RDMSG is also hosting live informational sessions reviewing the new NSF requirements , scheduled for December 5 (12:30-1:30pm, 206 Hollister) and December 6 (12:30-1:30pm, 102 Mann Library). Slides from these sessions are available for online review as well.
- Mann Library’s DataStaR project, designed to help Cornell researchers store, share and work across data sets more easily, is helping support a new language research initiative in Sri Lanka. Cornell professor of human development Barbara Lust is working with language researchers in Sri Lanka to study language acquisition among Sinhalese speaking children of the island nation. As data is gathered from the field, cybertools developed at the Cornell Language Acquisitions Lab will help collaborating researchers share and analyze the information. For more information on the Sinhala language acquisition project, please see the Cornell Chronicle article.
- On November 7, a one-day workshop at Mann introduced librarians from several institutions across New York to the use of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit. The kit is an interviewing tool that helps librarians elicit from researchers the “story” of a data set, which is to say, in describing a dataset’s origin and life cycle throughout the course of a research project.This information can be used to inform the development of data management services to support data sharing—a requirement that many funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, are now attaching to grant proposals. Twenty-six librarians from a dozen institutions, including Columbia, Syracuse, RPI, Hamilton, Colgate, Binghamton, Buffalo and Cornell, attended. For more information about Data Curation Profiles and the tools available to create them, please visit datacurationprofiles.org.