The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management commemorates Research Data Services co-founder Rebecca Holz, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011. RDS gratefully acknowledges support from Ebling Library.

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.


December 9

Geospatial Data

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

Abstract coming soon.