Assessing Research Data Needs at Your Institution (SIG DL)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, Full Day 9:00am - 5:00pm, Lunch included (workshop fee)

The curation of research data has become a focal point in the evolution of library services to meet the changing needs of researchers (Gabridge, 2009). Researchers are faced with new challenges to effectively managing their data as 1) federal funding agencies begin to require data management, preservation, or sharing plans, and 2) the amount of digital data increases.

This workshop will introduce participants to a set of tools and techniques for assessing the research data environment of their institutions. Presenters will provide details of the data assessment process, highlighting strategic planning and potential actions.

Speakers from four different research universities will introduce participants to approaches for data assessment that may be adapted to their local environments. We will demonstrate the flexibility of two assessment tools (the DAF and Data Curation Profiles), and provide context and background on key issues, such as different types of research data, the risks associated with data loss, and researchers' attitudes toward the use and sharing of data.

Participants will engage in hands-on planning activities, and will leave the workshop with action plans for the development of a data assessment. They will be fluent with the issues and trends of strategic data assessment planning, including considerations of stakeholders, methodology, and assessment scope.

This workshop will be pertinent to any information professional interested in an exploratory analysis of the research data-related needs of local researchers. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey prior to the workshop to both facilitate the creation of break-out groups, and to refine workshop content.  

Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, participation will be capped at 28 attendees.


Barrie Hayes, University of North Carolina
Susan Wells Parham, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jake Carlson, Purdue University
Brian Westra, University of Oregon 

Members $170, non-members $180, before Sept. 10, 2010
Members $180, non-members $190, after Sept. 10, 2010

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