Open Access, Open Data @ UW

Open Access, Open Data @ UW graphicPlease join us for an event about open access publishing and open data:

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Location: DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard
Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sponsors: UW-Madison Libraries, Research Data Services Group
More information:

Description: The libraries of the UW are committed to examining opportunities to engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions of research data management and public access compliance. This forum will explore current and emerging trends in research data and publication access, policy, preservation, management and discovery. We will discuss library efforts to assist faculty and staff in making research data and articles publicly accessible in the hope of accelerating research innovation and enriching the learning process.

Tools for Research Data Management workshop (Holz Series)

Research Data Services is proud to present the second brown bag in its 2013-2014 Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management:

Tools for Research Data Management

October 8, 2013, 12-1pm
Tong Auditorium, Room 1003 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive

Do you want to get the most out of spreadsheets? Do you need to securely store and share data and files with collaborators across campus and beyond? Are you interested in learning more about data visualization? Learn how to be a power user of Excel, Box, and data visualization tools.

Participants include:

  • Jan Cheetham, DoIT Academic Technology and Barry Radler, UW-Madison Institute on Aging – Excel for research data management
  • Emily Utzerath, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence – Box for data storage and collaboration
  • Cid Frietag, DoIT Academic Technology – Data visualization

Please register for this FREE event here. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data is made possible by the generosity of UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, the UW-Madison General Library System, Ebling Library and the UW-Madison Division of Information Technology.

Making Federally-Funded Research Public is on its Way

Note: Links on this page are currently redirecting to an archived version due to the uncertainty around policy at this time. 

On February 22, 2013, John Holdren, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), released a policy memorandum directing all federal agencies with R&D programs in excess of $100 million to develop plans within 6 months that require their federally-funded researchers to make their results freely available to other researchers and the general public within one year of publication. The directive also requires researchers to manage the digital data resulting from their work and make it accessible.

The memo titled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” calls for these plans to:

  • Focus on “the direct results” of funding, including final peer-reviewed manuscripts or final published documents, which would have to be made accessible within a 12-month embargo period
  • Include data that could be used to validate research findings
  • Facilitate “easy” public search, access and analysis to these publications and data on a long-term basis
  • Include public access to the metadata used for both publications and data
  • Support proprietary (IP) or confidential information policies as already proscribed by law.

The list of federal agencies affected by this directive likely includes: the ARHQ, CDC, DoD, Department of Education, Department of Energy, EPA, FAA, FDA, FHWA, NASA, NIH, NIST, NOAA, NSF, USAID, USDA, USGS, VA, and the Smithsonian. This list has not been confirmed by the OSTP.

This move was not a surprise to the many researchers who saw the National Institutes of Health 2008 Public Access Policy as a test-bed that would eventually include other agencies. Still, many observers wonder how the logistics of storing and providing access to a potentially vast amount of information will evolve at a time when many of these funders face possible budget cuts. The current directive does not provide any additional funding for expanding research access. The directive is part of a larger OSTP initiative on Promoting Open Data, Open Science, and Open Government.


Tools: Transana


Description: “Transana is software for professional researchers who want to analyze digital video or audio data. Transana lets you analyze and manage your data in very sophisticated ways. Transcribe it, identify analytically interesting clips, assign keywords to clips, arrange and rearrange clips, create complex collections of interrelated clips, explore relationships between applied keywords, and share your analysis with colleagues. The result is a new way to focus on your data, and a new way to manage large collections of video and audio files and clips.”

Cost/legal restrictions: Transana is licensed under the GNU/GPL license; purchase and licensing details are at the Transana is Open Source page. Source code is available from the Sourceforge Transana project page.

Notes: Developed at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of the Digital Insight project.