“Big Data” Initiative

In a press release yesterday, the Obama Administration announced a “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.”

“To launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies today announced more than $200 million in new commitments that, together, promise to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data.” The Federal departments and agencies involved are:

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • US Geological Survey

Jeff Ubois to speak April 12

As part of the Illinois Research Data Initiative , Jeff Ubois, founder and chair of the Personal Digital Archiving conferences, will speak on April 12 at 4pm in Room 126 Library and Information Science Building.

Presentation abstract:

Ensuring long term access to personal digital archives the sum of an individuals digital information and creative works is an unsolved problem, but the need, and variety of proposed solutions, is growing daily. The early work of the Nobel prize winners of the 2030s and 2040s is likely to be born digital, and is therefore at risk in ways that previous scientific and literary creations were not. Over the last three years, discussions at the Personal Digital Archiving conferences held at the Internet Archive, have helped to develop the beginnings of a research agenda that includes questions such as:

Do libraries, museums, and archives have a new responsibility to collect digital personal materials? What new social norms around preservation, access, and disclosure are emerging? What are the special needs in academia? What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving? What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?

This discussion will summarize some of the suggestions and ideas discussed over the last three years, and some possibilities for future work.

Databib is in beta

Purdue and Penn State Universities have partnered on an IMLS grant to create Databib, an online, community-driven, annotated bibliography of research data repositories. “In addition to being an important reference resource to librarians, data users, data producers, publishers, and research funding agencies, the Databib platform will challenge the concept of the traditional bibliography by serving and integrating bibliographic content in Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 environments in order to help overcome some shortcomings or perceptions of traditional bibliographies.”

Anyone can search or browse (alphabetically or by subject) the records in Databib. To participate in this community-driven bibliography simply create an account.

Myron Gutmann to speak Mar. 15

From UIUC’s Illinois Research Data Initiative blog :

“Dr. Myron Gutmann, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, will be speaking in Room 126 Library and Information Science Building at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 15. Dr. Gutmann is the lead of NSFs Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, and is also professor of history and information and research professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Gutmann has broad interests in interdisciplinary historical research, especially health, population, economy, and the environment. Since 1995 he has led a multi-site research program about population, agriculture and environmental change in the U.S. Great Plains, which has produced important research results that show how demographic and agricultural change both respond to environmental conditions and shape environmental outcomes such as greenhouse gas production. As Director of ICPSR, he was a leader in the archiving and dissemination of electronic research materials related to society, population, and health, with a special interest in the protection of respondent confidentiality.”

In his talk “Data Access for Research and Teaching in the 21st Century,” Dr. Gutmann will be speaking broadly to research data issues, not just data issues in the social sciences.

Data Information Literacy program

From the Data Information Literacy press release :

“In partnership with librarians at the University of Minnesota, the University of Oregon, and Cornell University, the Purdue University Libraries received nearly $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop training programs for the next generation of scientists, to enable them to find, organize, use, and share data efficiently and effectively. The program is intended for graduate students in engineering and science disciplines who are working their way toward careers as research scientists…”

More information is available on the Data Information Literacy site .

DMPTool now supports NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) expect a data sharing plan to be submitted with an application for $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year. The DMPTool now provides support for NIH data sharing plans. The DMPTool is an online application for researchers to generate data management plans. UIUC partnered withseveral other major research institutions to create thisresource.

Dryad receives more NSF funding

As announced on the Dryad blog today:

“The US National Science Foundation,through its Advances in Biological Informatics program, has announced a new award of $2.4M over four years to Duke University (NESCent), the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Metadata Research Center), and North Carolina State University (Digital Library). The award will enable Dryad to scale up its technical infrastructure to support the rapidly expanding user base of journals and researchers, ensure that the repository is meeting the needs of that user base, and to complete the transition to a financially independent non-profit organization.”

Dryad is a repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences.