|April 28 , 2011 http://www.lib.virginia.edu/education/news/archive.shtml||Vol. 4, No. 15|
BAGELS & COFFEE
The Research Information Network is developing a series of case studies to provide a detailed analysis of how researchers discover, use, create and manage their information resources. The first report, Patterns of Information Use and Exchange: Case Studies of Researchers in the Life Sciences, came out in Novermber 2009.
This new RIN report, Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities, is the second in the series. It focuses on the behaviours and needs of researchers working in a number of subject or disciplinary areas in the humanities. To view only the report, click here.
BUILD AN ONLINE CLASS
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, and other fields.
ICPSR welcomes and encourages deposits of digital data in their data repository. Their Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving, 4th Edition is an excellent source for best practice no matter where you deposit your data.
FREE 2-DAY TRAINING
April 30 is the deadline for applications for the Special Session of the NAEP/NIES Database Training Seminars for Research on American Indian/Alaska Native Students, June 28–30, 2011. For full information, on this seminar, click this link, For more information on the National Indian Education Study (NIES) click here.
May 11 is the deadline for applications for the HSTS Database Training Seminar: Use of the NAEP High School Transcript Study (HSTS) 2009 Data, June 22–24, 2011. Click this link for full information on this HTTS seminar, For more information about the NAEP HSTS, see the survey website
NAEP is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.
The scientific community is facing new opportunities and new requirements in the ways that data are managed and made available for future research. The biggest change that we see is the dramatic increase in the volume of data produced by observations, experiments, and simulations, which has turned what was already a steady stream of data into a flood. That rising tide of data is being shared by research networks that span the globe, calling for new infrastructure and new architectures that will allow researchers to make use of data from around the world and engage in new long-distance collaborations. These new collaborations now mostly involve researchers, but the availability of new forms of data and the creation of new mechanisms for sharing those data make it possible to expand access in a meaningful way to students and citizen scientists. At the same time, policy makers are moving forward rapidly to require that data from publicly-financed research projects be shared with other researchers, while they simultaneously concern themselves with protecting the privacy and confidentiality of human research subjects. This presentation will discuss these changes in the data preservation and sharing environment, especially as they relate to data for the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and suggest ways that all the potential stakeholders in the process -- funding agencies, universities, data archives, libraries, researchers, teachers, and students can work together in the future to get the most out of our data investments.
JENNIFER LOPEZ PEARIS
The CLIC librarians want to thank Jennifer Lopez Pearis for volunteering to staff the front desk in the CLIC this school year. She graciously has answered many of your questions and calls for help during her shifts in the CLIC. As we all know, Jennifer is a knowledgeable, positive, and enthusiastic young woman, but who knew a chemistry major would know so much about libraries and