The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management commemorates Research Data Services co-founder Rebecca Holz, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011.

Each talk will be held on a Wednesday from noon-1pm in Memorial Library 126. We invite you to bring your lunch!

Like to talk about your data? Have a topic you’d like us to present on? Please contact the RDS Outreach Committee.

To view previous presentations in the Holz series, check out our archive.

Fall 2015

September 23

Recovering the London Stage Information Bank (1970-1978): Data Preservation Lessons from an Early Humanities Computing Project 

Mattie Burkert, PhD student – Department of English   |  UW-Madison

This paper traces the little-known history of the London Stage Information Bank, a digital initiative that ran from 1970 to 1978 under the direction of Professor Ben R. Schneider, Jr. at Lawrence University. With support from the NEH, the ACLS, and the Mellon Foundation, Schneider’s team produced a database from the multi-volume reference work The London Stage, 1660-1800 (Carbondale: SIU Press, 1960). Today, however, many of the project’s outputs have been lost or corrupted — and despite an ongoing need for this resource, few theater researchers know that it ever existed. In detailing my archival and forensic efforts to recover the material artifacts of this nearly decade-long project, I present the London Stage Information Bank as an object lesson in crucial issues of access, preservation, and institutional memory facing digital humanities work today.

October 14

The Role the Chief Data Officer Can Play in Helping the Research Community

Jason Fishbain, Chief Data Officer  |  UW-Madison

As the champion for establishing strategies to effectively manage data in order to support the mission of UW-Madison, the Chief Data Officer is working on establishing our institution’s first Data Governance program.  While the genesis of the program was the need to effectively manage UW-Madison’s administrative data and the systems that contain them, the scope of the program also includes establishing institutional support for managing data within the research enterprise.  One of the goals of the CDO and the Data Governance program is to make the case for and provide the necessary resources to assist researchers in managing the data-lifecycle of their research endeavors.  Jason will speak to the work that has been done to date and what planned efforts are upcoming in this realm.

November 18

Reproducible Research

Karl W Broman, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics | UW-Madison

A minimal standard for data analysis and other scientific computations is that they be reproducible: that the code and data are assembled in a way so that another group can re-create all of the results (e.g., the figures in a paper). I will discuss my personal struggles to make my work reproducible and will present a series of suggested steps on the path towards reproducibility (see

December 9

Geospatial Data Preservation & Management

Jaime Martindale, Map & Geospatial Data Librarian Arthur H. Robinson Map Library – Department of Geography |  UW-Madison

AJ Wortley, State Cartographer’s Office – Department of Geography |  UW-Madison

The Robinson Map Library has been archiving local geospatial data collected from Wisconsin counties and municipalities since 2006.   Much has changed since then with regard to best practices related to management of archived geospatial data.  In partnership with the WI State Cartographer’s Office, the library recently launched an online geoportal to provide access to archived geospatial data collections for educational use. Planning for and implementing the geoportal project meant creating a management plan for metadata, file organization, and preservation.  In this presentation, we will share details on how we acquire, store, manage, and provide access to geospatial data for educational use at UW-Madison, and how we are planning to expand this access to all UW System institutions in the fall of 2015.  In addition, we’ll share preliminary details on how this work might extend to geospatial research data produced at UW-Madison through an inter-campus effort still in its early stages with support from UW Libraries.

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