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Journal of eScience Librarianship is now available!!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On February 17th, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library launched the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSL).  JeSL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

The inaugural issue  features much of the work previously showcased at the 3rd annual eScience Symposium. The issue  includes a review of the DataSpace, the funding and operational model of data preservation employed by Princeton University. In this review, the author Raquel Abad provides an overview of DataSpace and highlights some critical questions facing data preservation projects.

Also available in the journal is an article by Jen Ferguson on the “Description and Annotation of Biomedical Data Sets,” Ferguson describes the workflow and software used in curating data sets and suggests possible roles for librarians in similar data curation projects.

Check it out!

Frameworks for Data Management Curriculum

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Recognizing a pressing need for data management education in the sciences, the Lamar Soutter Library and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) collaborated on a project “Planning a Data Management Curriculum and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository,”. to develop frameworks for a case based data management curriculum for science, health sciences, and engineering students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to identify user needs for repository software for storing data sets.

The purpose of this grant has been to develop:

  • a flexible, case based curriculum that teaches data management best practices to students enrolled in a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • an evaluation of user requirements for open source software for storing data generated by student research projects

The libraries have worked with faculty, curriculum, evaluation, and instructional design consultants to develop Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum , a modular case-based approach for data management instruction.
Included in these frameworks are

  • lesson plans for seven course modules
  • real life research cases
  • readings and assignments
  • a simplified data management plan
  • a prototype of developed content for one module, and
  • assessment questions and answers.

The modular design of the curriculum allows faculty to pick specific course module(s) that are relevant to their courses. The curriculum could be delivered by faculty or librarians in a variety of ways: face-to-face classes, as self-paced online modules, or a hybrid format.

The Research Computing and Academic Support Group at WPI conducted testing of three open source software programs to evaluate user requirements for storing data. A summary of the testing process and a matrix of the results of the software testing are available on the project website.

The Planning a Data Management Curriculum project is collaboratively funded through NER and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Planning Grant.

For further information, contact Donna Kafel, eScience Project Coordinator.

e-Science Boot Camp set for June 13-15th, 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

What happens when you add some great learning with a great time?  That’s right!  A science boot camp for librarians!

 

Flyer for Data Science Boot camp

 

Metadata Day! May 9th, 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Please mark your calendar for this year’s professional development day that will feature a presentation by Diane Hillmann, Director of Metadata Initiatives at the Information Institute of Syracuse.

 

Flyer for Metadata Professional Development Day

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