The University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium was held 2009-2018 and encouraged New England region libraries to collaborate and support escience initiatives at their institutions. Featuring presentations by nationally recognized leaders in the escience arena, the symposium was an educational opportunity for librarians to learn about escience resources and current initiatives. The symposium also provided a forum for librarians to discuss new library roles for engaging research communities and supporting networked science. Symposium sponsors included the Lamar Soutter Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region. This site is a repository of conference materials.


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  • Facilitating Reproducibility and Collaboration with Literate Programming

    Dekker, Harrison (2018-04-05)
    A fundamental challenge for open science is how best to create and share documents containing computational results. Traditional methods involve maintaining the code, generated tables and figures, and text as separate files and manually assembling them into a finished document. As projects grow in complexity, this approach can lead to procedures which are error prone and hard to replicate. Fortunately, new tools are emerging to address this problem and librarians who provide data services are ideally positioned to provide training. In the workshop we’ll use RStudio to demonstrate how to create a “compilable” document containing all the text elements (including bibliography), as well as the code required to create embedded graphs and tables. We’ll demonstrate how the process facilitates making revisions when, for example, a reviewer has suggested a revision or when there has been a change in the underlying data. We’ll also demonstrate the convenience of integrating version control into the workflow using RStudio’s built-in support for git. Slides and exercises are available at https://hdekk.github.io/escience2018/.
  • Agenda: 2018 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

    e-Science Symposium (2018-04-05)
    Agenda for the 10th annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, held Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
  • Data Science in Libraries

    Burton, Matthew (2018-04-05)
    Mathew Burton, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. His presentation was about the Data Science in Libraries project, which explores the challenges associated with implementing data science within diverse library environments. They see data science skills as a way to improve internal data collection and use as well as an extension to research data management services. When they began they were especially interested in the skills gap and training opportunities (both formal and informal) that exist for librarians and ischool students, as well as the the management gap (which they see as the ability of library managers to understand and value the benefits of in-house data science skills and to provide organizational and managerial support). The Data Science in Libraries Project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by Matt Burton and Liz Lyon, School of Computing & Information, University of Pittsburgh; Chris Erdmann, North Carolina State University; and Bonnie Tijerina, Data & Society. A project report is available from a link in the presentation.
  • University of Washington eScience Institute: a Data Science Institute Before "Data Science" Was Cool

    Parker, Micaela; Stone, Sarah (2018-04-05)
    Micaela Parker, PhD, became the Executive Director of the eScience Institute in September 2016, a position she job shares with Dr. Sarah Stone. The mission of the University of Washington eScience Institute is to engage researchers across disciplines in developing and applying advanced computational methods and tools to real-world problems in data-intensive discovery. This presentation provides an overview of the eScience Institute and its data services.
  • Data Rescue

    Janz, Margaret (2018-04-05)
    Margaret M. Janz, MLIS, is Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian, University of Pennsylvania. This presentation is about "rescuing" data and the Data Refuge project she co-founded.
  • An Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

    Nguyen, Tony (2018-04-05)
    Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, is Technology & Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), University of Maryland, Baltimore. This presentation is an introduction to the concepts of visually representing data with the tool Tableau.
  • Data Services in Libraries: Past, Present and Future

    Carlson, Jake R. (2018-04-05)
    Jake Carlson, MLIS, MA, is Director of Research Data Services, University of Michigan Library. He presented an overview and history of data services in libraries, including challenges for the future.
  • The Future Comes One Week at a Time: Data Outreach at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

    Barnett, Lindsay; Brackett, Alexandria; Grimshaw, Alyssa; Nyhan, Kate (2018-04-05)
    OBJECTIVE In 2017 and 2018, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has celebrated data weeks in conjunction with three grassroots projects: Love Your Data Week 2017, Love Data Week 2018, and Endangered Data Week 2018. This poster investigates the costs and benefits of data outreach events, including workshops, tours, panels, user testing sessions, and more; the poster also describes marketing failures and successes. To what extent has this data outreach program achieved its four goals: raising the profile of the medical library as a campus data resource, helping users better document their data, collecting data on users' experience of library data services, and increasing awareness of the importance of Census data for health services research? METHODS Over two years, we have designed, implemented, and assessed data outreach programming targeted specifically at medical campus constituencies. Some events were designed for data weeks, such as a panel on Census data, social justice, and social determinants of health during Endangered Data Week 2018. Other events came from our regular menu of data-related workshops. Some successful 2017 events are being repeated in 2018, such as a data documentation-themed tour of the Cushing Tumor Registry. Less successful 2017 events evolved significantly or disappeared in 2018, and some 2018 events are entirely new, such as user testing sessions for a new research data management services website. To assess this outreach program, we use event participation statistics, surveys, and social media metrics. Web analytics are part of the assessment program in 2018. RESULTS In 2017, two medical library staffers spent ten hours (preparation and contact time), on three successful events, in one week, with more than forty in-person participants. In 2018, four medical librarians have planned ten events, across two weeks, with valuable contributions from external partners, other units at the university, and additional medical library staff. CONCLUSIONS As the two 2018 data weeks fall in February, full results will be reported at the symposium, along with lessons learned about effective marketing and project management for data outreach. Our findings will inform -- and, we hope, inspire -- data outreach programming at medical libraries and academic libraries with similar patron profiles.
  • Following the Trends in eScience: Updating the eScience Thesaurus

    Grynoch, Tess (2018-04-05)
    Objective: With the recent transformation of the eScience Portal for Librarians into the new, nation-wide NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery site, the eScience Thesaurus was updated and renamed the Data Thesaurus. A literature review of library-focused eScience articles was performed to update the term pages of the Thesaurus. Using term mapping, what can these articles tell us about the trends in eScience research? Methods: A comprehensive literature review was performed October 2016 as part of the eScience Thesaurus update. Using the search strategy and resources listed by Kevin et al. (2013) to create the Thesaurus and limiting the date range of the articles from 2013-2016, 714 articles were found and citation information was imported into Mendeley. The citation information was then imported into VOSviewer for visualization and analysis. Results: The central term within the citation information is data, being both the most prevalent and spread across all years. Terms such as information, data curation, and institutional repository appear more often in earlier papers. More recent publications have a higher prevalence of terms such as big data, data quality, and open data. Conclusion: Using term mapping, one can visualize the shift in the publishing trends of a field, even in a small field such as library-focused eScience research, but a larger dataset with a larger date range is recommended for a better understanding of trends. The updated Thesaurus will be available at https://nnlm.gov/data/data-thesaurus coming April 2018.
  • Sex, Lies, and Data

    Swauger, Shea (2017-04-06)
    Objective: The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how current research ethics policies and procedures can fail to achieve meaningful privacy and consent from human subjects in data-related research areas, and additionally, to provide the beginnings of a supplementary framework that researchers can use to define meaningful consent. Methods: I will illustrate failures of current research ethics involving lapses in privacy and/or consent from three case studies of published research based on user data from Facebook, OkCupid and Ashley Madison. Results: The standard mechanisms by which we measure ethical soundness is producing morally questionable research when applied to some data-related research. While the policies and procedures of journals and regulatory bodies need to adapt to meet these new contexts, researchers can take ownership of the ethical ramifications of their work. Conclusions: I submit that researchers need to develop and train in a new subset set of ethics, called Data Ethics, or the applied framework of ethical principles in data-related inquiry, and beginning with a meaningful definition and test for consent is a good start.
  • Agenda: 2017 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

    e-Science Symposium (2017-04-06)
    Agenda for the 9th annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
  • Library support for clinical and translational research: research data management and data science

    Nyhan, Kate; Funaro, Melissa; Hersey, Denise (2017-04-06)
    Objective: Librarians supporting Yale's CTSA grantee, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, found that research data support is needed at multiple stages in the clinical research lifecycle. This poster highlights the research data needs of clinical and translational research staff and resources that medical librarians can leverage to support them. Methods: Through discussions with project managers, we identified some eighteen research support needs which are presented by clinical and translational research projects, and which library resources can meet. Several of these research support needs are related to research data management and data science. - A "sink-or-swim" style of research training, in terms of everything from literature searching to research data management - Confusion about data sharing requirements from funders and journals - Questions about how best to measure certain outcomes, which can be answered, in some cases, with reference to Common Data Elements - Missing or incomplete preregistrations, which are important because preregistration is an important tool to promote transparency - Questions about identifying sites, through Census data and GIS, where diverse study participants could be recruited Results: We are developing cross-training for librarians, and workshops for CTSA staff, to meet these needs. Conclusions: We hope that, after iterating versions of these workshops with CTSA staff, we will be able to share helpful insights about library support for translational research in the context of data management and data science. These findings will also inform our approach to data management training for residents and clinicians, as well as students.
  • A Collaborative Clearinghouse for Data Management Training and Education Resources

    Hou, Chung-Yi; Hoebelheinrich, Nancy; Bassendine, David; Nelson, John C.; Norkin, Tamar; Faundeen, John; Budden, Amber; Mayernik, Matthew S.; Robinson, Erin (2017-04-06)
    Objective: The main objectives of this breakout session are for the Data Management Training (DMT) Clearinghouse team to: 1) introduce the Clearinghouse and its current design and implementation, 2) solicit submissions to its learning resource inventory, and 3) collect feedback upon its web interface and future development. Features of the Clearinghouse that will be demonstrated include how to search and browse its inventory as well as submit a learning resource to the Clearinghouse using the LRMI (Learning Resource Metadata Initiative) metadata format. The team will also share the roadmap for the Clearinghouse’s upcoming features. In order to provide feedback regarding the Clearinghouse’s usability, the team will invite the session attendees to test the Clearinghouse’s services and will encourage comments to guide its future development. Setting/Participants/Resources: Since the DMT Clearinghouse is entirely accessible via the web, in order to demonstrate the Clearinghouse successfully, a reliable (and preferably free of charge) internet connection, and an overhead projecting capability will need to be available to the presenter. It would also be very useful for the attendees of the session to have access to the same internet connection, so that if they desire, the attendees can follow along with the steps of the demonstration, and contribute to the Clearinghouse inventory. The main presenter will plan to bring her own laptop with built-in standard HDMI and USB ports. As a result, it will be helpful if a HDMI or USB cable could also be provided for the presenter to connect her laptop to the projecting equipment. Method: Many research organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions have been developing excellent learning resources in order to support and meet the needs for data management training. However, these learning resources are often hosted on various websites and spread across various scientific domains. Consequently, these resources can be difficult to locate, especially by those who are not already familiar with the creators/authors. This is a barrier to the use and reuse of these resources, and can have significant impact on the promotion and propagation of best practices for data management. To address this need within the Earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI), the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) have collaborated to create a web-based Clearinghouse1 for collecting data management learning resources that are focused on the Earth sciences. The initial seed funding for the effort was provided by a grant received from the USGS CDI earlier in 2016, and ESIP’s Drupal site provided the hosting infrastructure for the Clearinghouse. Members from the USGS, DataONE, ESIP’s Data Stewardship Committee and its Data Management Training Working Group, Knowledge Motifs LLC, as well as Blue Dot Lab met regularly between April and October, 2016 in order to discuss, create, and implement the content structure and infrastructure components necessary to build the current revision of the Clearinghouse. 1. http://dmtclearinghouse.esipfed.org Results: As a registry of information about the educational resources on topics related to research data management (initially focused on Earth sciences), the Clearinghouse serves as a centralized location for searching or browsing an inventory of these learning resources. Currently, the Clearinghouse offers search and browse functionality that is open to all, and submission of information about educational resources by login with a free ESIP account. To assist with discoverability, the learning resources are described using Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) schema. Additionally, the resources may be associated with the steps of data and research life cycles, such as the USGS CDI’s Science Support Framework2 and DataONE’s Data Life Cycle3. Leveraging the team’s collective experience in creating, presenting and distributing data management learning resources, the Clearinghouse included the learning resources from USGS, ESIP, and DataONE as its initial inventory, but is expanding to resources from NASA and others. Crowdsourcing is currently the main mechanism for sustaining the Clearinghouse. Going forward, in addition to the built-in workflow to allow anyone from the public to submit descriptive information about the data management learning resources that s/he wishes to share, future capabilities will be added to enable contributions to review, edit, and rank the submissions, as desired. 2. https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/cdi/CDI+Science+Support+Framework 3. https://www.dataone.org/data-life-cycle Discussion/Conclusion: The DMT Clearinghouse team was successful in completing the initial development phase as scheduled for the first six months of its funding, including some informal usability testing of the interface. The team aims to continue to develop and enhance the Clearinghouse’s capabilities, including the evaluation of its usability, through collaboration with additional communities, and if feasible, adding the capability for bulk-loading of learning resources. Being able to present the Clearinghouse at the eScience Symposium would not only allow those who are involved with or would like to learn about data management to leverage the Clearinghouse’s resources, but also connect those who would like to contribute to the project with the Clearinghouse team. Ultimately, the Clearinghouse is designed so that the resources from its inventory could be used in a variety of data management training and education environments. By exposing the Clearinghouse to diverse users and communities, the Clearinghouse team can better assess how the Clearinghouse can be updated and what technological enhancements to pursue in the future in order to improve our support of research data management training needs.
  • Developing Data Information Literacy with the Institutional Review Board

    Gamble, Alyson (2017-04-06)
    Purpose: This poster examines the initial development and integration of instruction about data information literacy on a small, liberal-arts college campus in collaboration with the Institutional Review Board. Setting/Participants/Resources: The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida has a science librarian serving as a member of the Institutional Review Board. Brief Description: While serving as a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the librarian noticed a lack of campus knowledge and consensus about data management standards. Partnering with fellow IRB members and the Office of Research Programs and Services, the librarian developed instruction for students and faculty about data management. This poster describes the librarian’s analysis of the issue, planning process, selection of methods, design of materials, and review of an in-person workshop. Results/Outcome: Collaborating with other members of the IRB, the librarian analyzed IRB proposals for lack of attention to data management, then developed materials and presented an in-person workshop based on this analysis. To further campus knowledge of data management, the librarian has developed a pre- and post-workshop survey for participants and will be developing an e-learning module for use on campus. Evaluation Method: To determine a need for data information literacy on campus, IRB proposals for twenty projects were evaluated with regard to their data management strategies. Data security, privacy, retention, sharing, and publication were considered. Fourteen of the twenty, or 70%, of the proposals required revisions based on a lack of adequate attention to data management.
  • A Sloth of Gummi Bears: Evaluating effectiveness of research data management instruction

    Reznik-Zellen, Rebecca; Palmer, Lisa A. (2017-04-06)
    Purpose: This poster describes an evaluation of the effectiveness of elective-based, for-credit research data management instruction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Population/Resources: Flexible Clinical Experiences (FCEs) are short (one-week), student-driven or pre-designed for-credit courses available to third-year medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. FCE 3017: Research Data Management Fundamentals is a course offered by the library that provides an overview of the basic principles and best practices for data management, with a focus on data lifecycle planning, security and ethics, organization and documentation, and data sharing. To get credit for participating in this course, students are asked to prepare a data management plan and create a poster for a fictional Gummi Bear Population Study[1] as final deliverables. The data management plans and study posters give students an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in the course. Using these products, we are able to assess how well students have integrated the learning objectives of the course. Results: Six students have successfully completed this course. Although these deliverables tend to be brief and have a heavy tongue-in-cheek component to them, they do demonstrate that the basic concepts of research data management are understood. Data management plans show a basic understanding of the role of and different components of data management throughout the research lifecycle. Posters demonstrate a basic understanding of the importance of data documentation. At the same time, the brevity of the content for both the data management plans and the posters indicates areas where our curriculum could provide more detail. Discussion: After examining both the posters and the data management plans created by the students of FCE 3017, we are able to identify areas where our curriculum is effective, as well as areas where our instruction can be updated and more detailed. [1] This approach was inspired by Vasilevsky, Nicole; Wirz, Jackie; Champieux, Robin; Hannon, Todd; Laraway, Bryan; Banerjee, Kyle; Shaffer, Chris; and Haendel, Melissa, "Lions, Tigers, and Gummi Bears: Springing Towards Effective Engagement with Research Data Management" (2014). Scholar Archive. Paper 3571.
  • eScience Thesaurus 2.0

    Grynoch, Tess (2017-04-06)
    Objective: The eScience Thesaurus (http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/professional-educ/escience-thesaurus) is an online resource which connects and defines concepts, services, and tools relevant to librarians supporting eScience research. A Thesaurus’ term’s record also showcases relevant literature, resources, and video interviews with librarians working in the field of eScience. The original eScience Thesaurus was created by Kevin Read in 2013 and there have been many developments in eScience which prompted a revision of this valuable resource. To update the eScience Thesaurus, one of the current Library Fellows at the Lamar Soutter Library revised the methodology employed by Read, Creamer, Kafel, Vander Hart, & Martin (2013) to review the eScience literature and develop a list of new terms for the Thesaurus. Methods: To identify new terms, the Fellow replicated the search strategy used by Read et al. (2013) and limited the search to articles since 2013 and subsequently tagged relevant articles with their prominent topics. The prominent topics outside of the current terms in the thesaurus were suggested as possible new thesaurus topics. On top of identifying new terms, the Library Fellow suggested current terms that could be merged with other terms in the thesaurus. Both the current thesaurus terms and new proposed thesaurus terms were evaluated by the eScience Portal Editorial Board for inter-coder reliability. Results: Of the 55 terms currently in the eScience Thesaurus, 10 were identified for merging. After reviewing the eScience literature, the Library Fellow suggested 47 terms for the Editorial Board to review and members of the Editorial Board added 12 terms to the list which were reviewed by the whole group as well. Of the 59 total terms suggested, 23 were chosen as new terms to be added to the eScience Thesaurus. Conclusion: The next steps in the eScience Thesaurus’ revitalization are creating records for the new terms, including literature citations, resources, and interviews with subject experts; and sending out groups of the revised and new term records to the Editorial Board and additional eScience subject experts for review. Look for the new and updated eScience Thesaurus coming soon! Read, K., Creamer, A., Kafel, D., Vander Hart, R.J., & Martin, E.R. (2013). Building an escience thesaurus for librarians: A collaboration between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2(2), 53-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2013.1049
  • Managing data management: building a RDM service at MIT Libraries

    Malinowski, Christine; Ayers, Phoebe (2017-04-06)
    The MIT Libraries’ Data Management Services Program (DMS) provides services in research data management (RDM) – including assistance with creating data management plans, individual RDM consultations for individuals and labs, and workshops on RDM best practices and technologies. DMS assists researchers from across campus on projects ranging from in-depth, multi-week consultations to quick, one-off advice and feedback. Questions and referrals come to DMS from the library’s reference service and subject specialists, as well as directly from researchers. DMS is currently comprised of one full-time research data librarian and six additional team members (3 new in the last six months) that have split appointments between DMS and other library departments. Additionally, DMS collaborates with groups within and external to the Libraries who have related areas of expertise. Managing a team with varying levels of bandwidth and many competing duties has led to many challenges in maintaining consistent and up-to-date knowledge of RDM across all team members, coordinating and completing new projects to expand our services, and tracking and maintaining researcher contact for future outreach. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of how the MIT Libraries DMS team works, some examples of our recent projects and consultations, our specific (but certainly generalizable) challenges of providing and expanding RDM services, and the tools that we use to meet those challenges and ensure speedy and accurate service. These include a wiki-based knowledgebase, dynamic project plans using Tableau software, a rotating on-call list, and biweekly RDM updates emails. Participants will get a chance to share their own organizational solutions or brainstorm how to tackle unresolved challenges with the benefit of tapping the experiences and lessons learned from the presenters and other attendees.
  • Adapting the Library Repository to Accommodate Research Data, Publications, and Partnering with Researchers

    Creamer, Andrew T.; Lappen, Hope; Sarkar, Indra Neil; Sevetson, Erika (2017-04-06)
    Brown University Library originally created the Brown Digital Repository (BDR) in 2011 to serve the digital content storage and dissemination needs of its Special Collections and Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). Since then, the BDR has evolved to serve a broader group of stakeholders, including the science librarians, who deposit researchers’ data along with the supplementary materials underlying their publications, collections of data to comply with a grant-funder’s requirements for data sharing, and faculty publications. Some university library systems have created separate repositories for data, such as the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota. However, for libraries at smaller institutions, having a separate system for images, publications, and data may not be the most-feasible or affordable short-term solution. Over the last year, Brown’s science librarians and developers have been planning to make enhancements and changes to the BDR to improve its ingest, dissemination, and overall capabilities for preserving the long-term access of research data as well as make the necessary adaptations to the way that the BDR collects faculty publications, with the aim of it being a resource to help researchers with retaining their final approved manuscripts and complying with their funders’ public access policies. These shifts, from a focus on ingesting and displaying images to a focus on data and publications have exposed many issues and challenges that librarians considering adapting their existing repositories to accommodate data and public access mandates should hear. At the same time, the Library has been working with the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics to integrate its science librarians and repository infrastructure into grant-funded projects, such as an NLM Administrative Supplement for Informationist Services. In the second half of the session, Dr. Neil Sarkar, the Director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, and Principal Investigator on the NLM Administrative Supplement, will provide a keynote address, which will cover: (1) faculty perspectives academic libraries should have in mind while adapting their repositories for tracking and making available their faculty’s scholarly output; (2) ways libraries can develop infrastructure to partner with their faculty on research projects and grant-funded initiatives, such as clinical and translational science; (3) ways that libraries could integrate their repositories into existing systems for recording scholarly output, such as My NCBI’s My Bibliography as well as systems for displaying researcher and scholarship ontologies such as VIVO; and (4) ways that libraries can adapt their repositories to provide meaningful analytics and metrics for measuring the impact of their researcher communities.
  • Event Brochure: 2017 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

    e-Science Symposium (2017-04-06)
    Event brochure for the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, held Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The brochure includes the symposium event schedule, speaker biographies, and additional resources.
  • Creating Connections With Your Community

    Gore, Sally A.; Bouquin, Daina; Mickle, Audrey; Woell, Yvette N. (2017-04-06)
    In this moderated panel discussion on "Creating Connections With Your Community," librarians discuss their unique libraries and the populations they serve. The panel also addresses building professional networks, and challenges and discoveries related to data and data management. Moderator: Sally Gore, MS, MSLIS Research Evaluation Analyst UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science University of Massachusetts Medical School Panelists: Daina Bouquin, MLIS, CAS Head Librarian, John G. Wolbach Library Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Audrey Mickle, MLIS Data Librarian, MBLWHOI Library Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Yvette Woell, MLIS, MSMOB Library Manager, Argonne Research Library Argonne National Laboratory

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