Link Roundup October 2021

Cameron Cook

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released “Developing a Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices” which summarizes the proceedings of a workshop by the same name. This toolkit is aimed at university leadership and the workshop’s goal was “…to identify paths to growing the nascent coalition of stakeholders committed to reenvisioning credit/reward systems (e.g., academic hiring, tenure and promotion, and grants)to fully incentivize open science practices.”

A second round of funding is now open for the Library Collections Enhancement Initiative, a program of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.

The call for proposals for the 2022 UW-Madison Data Science Research Bazaar are now open!


Share your data with UW-Madison’s Dryad membership!

Information adapted from Dryad.

We are excited to announce that UW-Madison is now a member of Dryad, an open-access data repository where you can publish and publicly share your research data. This membership was pursued in partnership between the Libraries and DoIT.

Dryad was started by a community of researchers and is used by researchers worldwide to meet funder and publisher mandates for data publication. Dryad has been a repository we’ve recommended for a number of years and we are glad to say that with our institutional membership, depositing in Dryad is now free to UW-Madison researchers! 

Is your research data right for Dryad?

  • You are a UW-Madison researcher with a netID
  • The total dataset is 300GB or less
  • The data is able to be open access and:
    • Is not sensitive
    • Does not contain personally identifiable human subject information
  • The data is able to be licensed with the Creative Commons Zero waiver (CC0)

(Note: if your data is not appropriate for Dryad or you would prefer a different repository, reach out to Research Data Services for support in selecting another repository. MINDS@UW, UW’s institutional repository managed by the UW-Madison Libraries, may also be another great option.)

Dryad Benefits:

  • Complete journal integration – Dryad is leading the way in data publishing through partnerships with major publishers and journals to make manuscript submission easy.
  • Compliance with funder mandates – Dryad’s combination of services meets funder data sharing mandates.
  • Track the reach of your data – Dryad provides metrics that measure the number of times an individual data publication has been viewed, cited, and downloaded.
  • Seamlessly connect software and data –when researchers submit to Dryad, they have the option to upload code, scripts, and software packages which will be automatically sent to Zenodo.
  • First-rate data quality – all data submitted to Dryad are reviewed by a professional curator for data and metadata integrity.
  • Maximized data discovery – Dryad’s data publications are citable, shareable, and discoverable through major indexing services like Google Dataset Search and more.
  • Robust infrastructure and preservation services – all data published in Dryad are safely preserved in a Core Trust Seal-certified repository.

Ready to get started? 

Dryad requires an ORCID iD to login. Once you have an ORCID iD:

  • Log in using your ORCID credentials, 
  • You’ll then be prompted to authorize the connection between  your Dryad and ORCID accounts
  • Finally, you’ll be prompted to select UW-Madison from a drop-down menu and use your netID to associate your account with our institution
  • Now, you’re ready to deposit!

To learn more about other data sharing options at UW-Madison, visit our page on data sharing.

Link Roundup May 2021

Cameron Cook

A new IRB director will be leading the office, learn more about them and some of the changes from the IRB Efficiency Project.

Campus has rolled out Research at UW-Madison, which provides searchable interface to see research activities, find collaborations, and see the campus impact.

Campus has a new required cybersecurity awareness training. The human factor is one of the biggest vulnerabilities when it comes to security, so be sure to brush up on your ability to identify scams, phishing, or other attempts.

Jennifer Patiño

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) will offer a Grant Writing Boot Camp for Social Scientists, which will run from July 2021 through mid-February 2022. The bootcamp will provide guidance and support for junior and mid-career faculty who have a goal of submitting/resubmitting an NIH grant application.

Joy Harjo, the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate and the first Native Nations poet to serve in that role, has released a companion volume to her signature project at the Library of Congress which consists of a   multimedia digital map and online audio collection that gathers the work and stories of 47 contemporary Native poets ranging from New York to Hawaii. The poetry anthology is called “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” and reflects on the themes of place and displacement with focal points of visibility, persistence, resistance and acknowledgment.


Tools for Data Equity Part 2: Community-Based Approaches

Continuing our Practicing Data Equity series, Part 2 of our Tools for Data Equity post explores additional frameworks, approaches, and tools for building data equity in your research practices, especially those that center community-based approaches. This post is meant to serve as an introduction to these resources and we encourage you to click through to explore them more in depth on your own. This blog has been divided into two parts. You can read Part 1, which focuses on how our worldviews impact the research process here


Tools for Data Equity Part 1: Acknowledging Your Worldview

As we work to incorporate data equity into our practices, it is our responsibility as researchers and research support staff to evaluate our practices so that we can disrupt the encoding of implicit biases in our research designs, data, and analyses. It can feel challenging to even know where to begin, but little by little, over time, small shifts in our practices can make a big impact. Shifting our frameworks and getting away from the idea that data and technology are neutral can help us think more critically about how we engage with both throughout our research process. Building on the previous post in our Practicing Data Equity series, The CARE Priniciples for Indigenous Data Governance – #BeFAIRandCARE, we put together a list of additional frameworks, approaches, and tools to help you make sure that you are building data equity into your research practices. This post is meant to serve as an introduction to these resources and we encourage you to click through to explore them more in depth on your own. This blog has been divided into two parts. You can read Part 2, which focuses on community-based approaches here(more…)

Link Roundup February 2021

Jennifer Patiño

Throughout February, UW-Madison’s Data Science Hub will host the second annual Data Science Research Bazaar. This year’s theme is Data Science for the Social Good and will feature lightning talks, posters, interactive discussions, and workshops that address how data science can augment equity along racial lines, in health and environmentally, and in cities.

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to highlight projects that honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Black data and computer scientists, past and present, including the Black [Data] History timeline at Washington University in St. Louis and #BlackInData, an organization  that aims to provide community and a support system for Black people in data across the Black diaspora.