Link Roundup December 2020

Cameron Cook

The campus Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative is helping to support research which has been drastically affected by COVID-19 interruptions.

A recent Educause article speaks about open science from the IT perspective and how to align these to support research innovation.

The Future of Text is a newly published, freely downloadable collection of essays and contributions from a wide range of perspectives across domains and institutions. It may be of interest to those who work with text data, who are in the history of technology/science, or those who are interested in how scholarship may evolve over time.


Link Roundup November 2020

Jennifer Patiño

A new study at UW-Madison by Evan Polman, associate professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business, Paul Hoban, assistant professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business, and Lyn Van Swol, professor of communication science in the Department of Communication Arts examined motivations for unethical behavior using Big Data – a data set comprised of more than 330,000 observations from NFL games.

In a recent piece in Eos, “Data Sets Are Foundational to Research. Why Don’t We Cite Them?” researchers Suresh Vannan, Robert R. Downs, Walt Meier, Bruce E. Wilson, and Irina V. Gerasimov argue for the need for better, more specific, data citation practices and wide adoption of data set DOI assignments.

Update: NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing Released

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released their final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) requiring the submission of Data Management and Sharing Plans and compliance with the approved Plans for NIH-funded or conducted research that results in the generation of scientific data. The policy will go into effect on January 25, 2023.

In his statement on the policy, the Director of the NIH, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, said that the “extraordinary effort to speed the development of treatments and vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp relief the need for the global science community to share scientific data openly.”  “This policy also establishes the baseline expectation that data sharing is a fundamental component of the research process, which is in line with NIH’s longstanding commitment to making the research it funds available to the public,” he said. 


World Digital Preservation Day: Disaggregating COVID-19 Racial/Ethnic Data 

This year, the theme for World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD) is “Digits: for Good.” According to the Digital Preservation Council, this year’s theme “refers to the hard work, resilience, and responsiveness of our colleagues which will enable research and development data used in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 to be preserved, shared and studied….” In line with this theme, its reference to the pandemic, and the currency of COVID-19 cases spiking across Wisconsin, it feels necessary for me as Southeast Asian/HMoob librarian to talk about racial/ethnic disaggregated data when it comes to COVID-19 and to connect this issue to digital preservation.  (more…)

Link Roundup October 2020

Cameron Cook

This week we’re celebrating International Open Access Week! This year’s theme is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” Checkout the UW-Madison Open Access Week page for a full schedule of all the events and actions we have planned this week!

Check out this first part of a series calling for the use of a Black feminist data analytical framework:  A Review of COVID-19 Intersectional Data Decision-Making: A Call for Black Feminist Data Analytics, Part 1, by Kim Gallon, Director and Co-Founder of COVID Black

Open Access Week: Towards a Multilingual Approach

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” This is a time to reflect on how “the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice” and to “examine who these spaces and systems are designed for, who is missing, who is excluded by the business models we use, and whose interests are prioritized.” (The 2020 Open Access Advisory Committee) In the spirit of this year’s theme, and with the intent of using a truly international lens, it’s important to highlight the need to incorporate multilingual approaches to the tools we use, the norms we adopt, and the research we undertake or publish. Below are a few suggested readings that can help you get started on understanding the structural barriers to multilingualism and how to overcome them.