Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management


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 the School of Library and Information Science’s newly renovated Bunge Room.

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, go here.

Spring 2015

January 28

Data Management in Biological Microscopy: A Librarian’s Approach

Elliott Shuppy, SLIS Graduate Student  |  UW-Madison

A growing demand for convenient sharing of research image data between the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Imaging (LOCI) and partner laboratories stimulated the need for enhanced data management processes and accompanying documentation. SLIS graduate student Elliott Shuppy began working with scientists as a researcher at LOCI in Fall 2014 to meet these current needs. During his talk he will discuss his involvement augmenting one scientist’s data management workflow, including reflections on current practices, positioned and proposed tactics, and next steps in the process.

View Elliott’s slides here.

February 25

Zero to Sixty: Establishing Research Data Services from Scratch

Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian  |  UW-Milwaukee Libraries

What does it take to create research data services where none existed before? Kristin Briney will discuss establishing Data Services at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her talk will include strategy and lessons learned 18 months into the process.

View Kristin’s slides here.

March 18

Open Access, Open Data, and Open Ed Updates

Doug Way, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services  | General Library System

Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator  |  General Library System

Carrie Nelson, Public Services/Instructional Content Librarian  |  General Library System

Jim Jonas, Information and Instructional Services Librarian  |  MERIT Library

In this talk, the presenters will introduce the concepts of open access, data, and educational resources. They will share recent updates in each domain and highlight existing resources for learning more. The second half of the presentation will be reserved for questions and unstructured conversation about these issues.

View this talk’s slides here.

April 29

The Role of Metadata in Research: Reflections on NADDI 2015

Barry Radler, Researcher  |  UW-Madison Institute on Aging

The increasing availability of research and other data via the internet has spurred interest in and the need for better documentation of such data. The Open Data movement gaining momentum among federal funding agencies, academic libraries, and professional journals is also contributing to a recognition that good documentation and metadata are essential to distinguishing the quality of research datasets and facilitating their discovery and use in an online environment of ever-expanding information. This presentation will provide a primer in metadata use and metadata standards like the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI). It will also include reflections by the presenter on his particular DDI use cases, as well as his experience hosting the 3rd annual North American DDI Conference. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

View Barry’s slides here.