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Friday, January 8th, 2016

[Guest post by Elaine Martin]

*Post update: As of January 12, registration is full. You can register for the waiting list. Posters are still being accepted.

Dear Colleagues,

To continue to enhance collaborative New England Region libraries’ support of e-science initiatives for their research institutions, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is hosting the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium. This day-long event will serve as an educational and collaborative opportunity for science and health sciences librarians to discuss e-science resources, in addition to future roles that libraries and librarians might take on to support their institutions.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action.” Focusing on librarians involved in RDS, the broad goal of this symposium is to build off what has been discussed at the pervious symposia in order to give librarians a chance to share their current efforts in supporting scientific research. Discussions will inform how librarians can take action at their own institutions to engage in e-science initiatives, and also look at the roles of librarians in the dynamic field of data science.

The 2016 Symposium is set to focus on data services and the many practicing roles of librarians. Attendees will hear a keynote overview of data services from Kendall Roark. Kendall is an Assistant Professor and Research Data Specialist at Purdue University Libraries, and also a member of the CLIR/DLF eResearch Faculty. She will provide a broad perspective on the research data management services that US and Canadian libraries are implementing.

A new session at the symposium this year will be breakout sessions: participants will be able to attend 2 of 4 planned sessions featuring services that libraries are currently implementing. Options include:

  • Compliance with Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services; and Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
  • Data Information Literacy with Jake Carlson, Research Data Services Manager, University of Michigan
  • Data Repositories with Lisa Johnston, Research Data Management/Curation Lead, Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota
  • Informationist with Leah Honor, Library Fellow, Informationist Liaison to the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative, University of Massachusetts Medical School

In the afternoon, there will be presentations from two panels discussing the future of data science with library school educators and practicing data librarians. Participants on the panels include:

  • Library Educators:
    • Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research, University of Tennesee at Knoxville, Co-investigator of DataONE
    • Matthew Burton, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
    • Jian Qin, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
    • Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
  • Librarians:
    • Christopher Erdmann, Head Librarian, Wolbach Library, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    • Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
    • Andrea Thomer, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Additionally, as with previous symposia, a poster session will be held, to highlight work in e-science that has been accomplished at various libraries in the region while also encouraging discussion and networking among event participants. This year’s symposium will again feature a poster competition with three different competition categories. You are invited to submit a poster abstract; we are still accepting submissions!

The symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in the Faculty Conference Room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required; due to strict space limitations, attendance will be capped at 90 people.

For further details, please visit the symposium website: http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/escience_symposium/2016

I hope that you will consider participating in what should prove to be an informative and thought-provoking experience.

 Please RSVP by completing the registration form.

Thank You,

Elaine Martin, DA
Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Please direct any questions to:

Julie Goldman, MLIS
Library Fellow
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  01655
(508) 856-2229
Julie.Goldman@umassmed.edu
http://works.bepress.com/juliegoldman/

 

 

Poster Submission for the 8th Annual eScience Symposium

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites you to submit a proposal for a poster presentation at the Eighth Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium, to be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action” and will focus on data services and the many practicing roles of librarians. Attendees will hear a keynote overview of data services, participate in breakout sessions featuring services that libraries are currently implementing and discuss the future of data science with practicing librarians and library school educators.

Every year we have a poster session! Participating in the symposium’s poster session is a great way to share news of your related research, projects, or programs with colleagues. This year we want to hear about how you are planning data services or the services you are engaged in. The poster session will feature a poster contest with awards to the Most Informative in Communicating e-Science LibrarianshipBest Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall. All librarians and library school students planning to attend the symposium are invited to submit proposals!

Please refer to poster submission instructions. The deadline for submitting a poster abstract is Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 (just 2 months away!).

Submit your abstract today, save the date for April 6th, and stay tuned for registration opening in January!

Interested in more information? Check out the confirmed agenda at the 2016 symposium conference page!

Best,

Julie Goldman
Library Fellow
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
(508) 856-2229
Julie.Goldman@umassmed.edu
http://works.bepress.com/juliegoldman

Data Science News: Big Data to individualize management of chronic diseases

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Groundbreaking effort for health care to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic diseases more quickly and accurately

Some chronic conditions, such as the autoimmune disease scleroderma, are especially difficult to treat because patients exhibit highly variable symptoms, complications and treatment responses. The process of finding an effective treatment for an individual can be frustrating for doctors, and painful and expensive for patients.

For more information go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/predictivemedicine.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51

 

Two Data Management Events – Both Friday, November 20th, 2015

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

For more information see http://classguides.lib.uconn.edu/RDMR

  • Morning Event:  Data Tools Forum (9:30 am – 12 Noon)
  • Afternoon Event:  The 2nd Research Data Management Roundtable (1:15pm – 4pm)
    Topic:  “Engaging Faculty and Graduate Student Researchers at Our Institutions”

Location for both events:  Faculty Conference Room, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester, MA (map and directions)

Important:  please register for each event if you plan to attend both!

Data Tools Forum 9:30am – 12 noon
The Data Tools Forum will feature a brief introduction on the integration of data science tools in the research landscape and overview presentations of three open-source tools commonly used in working with data extraction, wrangling, analysis, and presentation:  OpenRefine, RStudio, and Jupyter.  The forum will be open to both researchers and librarians. (Librarians are encouraged to forward the attached Data Tool Forum flyer to researchers at their institutions). Space is limited so please register early.  For questions about registration for this event, contact Zac Painter (zpainter@umassd.edu).

Lunch
Participants will have lunch on their own.  Options include the Sherman Cafeteria (in the Sherman Building, adjacent to the Medical School Building) or at another off-campus restaurant (for suggestions).

Research Data Management Roundtable 1:15 – 4pm “Engaging Faculty and Graduate Student Researchers at Our Institutions”
This is the second in a series of informal roundtable discussions on specific research data management topics. It is intended to establish and foster an active Community of Practice network for librarians working in research data management services. In this informal set of roundtable discussions participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other.  Space is limited, so please register early.

For questions about registration for the roundtable event, contact Tom Hohenstein (tah@bu.edu).

Light refreshments will be available at each event.

Both events are sponsored by the New England e-Science Program.

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