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NISO Virtual Conference:  Open Data Projects

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00am – 5:00pm (Eastern)


Projects that are built on top of multiple open data sets are beginning to be more visible to the public. This virtual conference will serve as an expansive tour of a variety of open data projects from academia, local government, and other sectors. Looking for inspiration, useful examples or just the opportunity to learn what’s possible? This virtual event will spotlight novel approaches as well as practical activities.


Here’s just some of what the day will address!


Open Data in Special Collections Libraries; or, How Can We Be Better Than Data Brokers?  

Scott Ziegler, Head of Digital Programs and Services, Louisiana State University Libraries


Open data is a growing trend in archives and special collections. Now that the digitization of unique material is common, the reformatting of this material into data for computational analysis is gaining traction. This data allows new interactions with collection material, including mapping, text analysis, and a wide variety of visualizations. In addition to the new possibilities there are new risks. This talk will contextualize library data in relation to recent scholarship on the harmfulness of misrepresentation, the dangers of open data, and ubiquity of surveillance. Lastly, this talk explores some ideas for building workflows and systems to operationalize the process of inclusion and empathy. 


Data Curation Network: Developing and Scaling Research Data Management and Curation

Tim McGeary, Associate University Librarian, Duke University


Academic libraries have been expanding their research data services in response to growing expectations that research data should be well managed, openly available, reproducible, and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). This presentation will provide an overview of how the Data Curation Network (DCN) is being implemented to enable academic libraries to collectively, and more effectively, curate a wider variety of data types (e.g., discipline, file format, etc.) that expands beyond what any single institution might offer alone.  Supported by a planning grant from the Arthur P. Sloan foundation, the DCN conducted researcher engagement activities at each of the six original partner institutions and iteratively developed a model for distributed data curation.  A brief overview of Duke University's research data services program initiation and growth will be discussed as an example of the relationship between institutional services and the DCN.  The Data Curation Network members are University of Minnesota (lead), Cornell University, Duke University, Dryad, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and Washington University-St. Louis.  


Linked Data Authority Service at the University of Houston Libraries: Development, Use, and Preparing for Open Data

Anne Washington, Metadata Services Coordinator, University Libraries, University of Houston


In 2016, as part of the development of a new digital access and preservation ecosystem, the University of Houston (UH) Libraries established Cedar, a local linked data thesaurus. Using SKOS, Cedar includes terms for subjects, individual and organization names, place names, and time periods found in the UH Libraries’ digital collections and electronic theses and dissertations. While Cedar includes terms from national authority files, it also accommodates locally created terms with emphasis on personal, organization, and place names. Over the last two years, the UH Libraries Metadata Unit has deployed the software and developed strategies and workflows for term entry and use in our digital production workflows. This presentation will outline the development of the tool focusing on the thesaurus design, the use of the application, and the next steps for making our data more openly available.


The Western Name Authority File: An Open Data Approach to Digital Collections Authority Control

Anna Neatrour, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Utah and Jeremy Myntti, Head of Digital Library Services, Univesity of Utah


The Western Name Authority File (WNAF) project was funded by an IMLS planning grant in early 2016 to explore and pilot a system for developing a collaborative, regional authority file for personal names and corporate bodies from digital collection metadata. As we near the end of the two year grant, we will provide information on the data model we've chosen for our vocabulary, what we've done to collect and reconcile names from a variety of partner institutions, and the emerging vocabulary workflows that we're in the process of developing in order to make the WNAF available as JSON-LD. We will also discuss the platform we are using to make the data openly accessible.


NNLM’s Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Franda Liu, Project Scientist, NNCO, National Library of Medicine, Ann Glusker, Librarian/Research & Data Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, and Elaina Vitale, Academic Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region


There is a growing trend in libraries of engaging their communities with information and open data by holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons. During Wikipedia edit-a-thons, participants learn about the culture and norms of this widely used online resource by doing hands-on editing of articles, improving citations and adding new facts. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) held a health-focused edit-a-thon utilizing librarians’ research skills towards making Wikipedia a better and evidence-based resource in promoting NLM resources. Participants were able to view a customized training from Dr. James Hellman of WikiProject Medicine prior to the one day event. On April 17, 2018 during the network wide online edit-a-thon, participants received online support from NNLM staff throughout the 12-hour event across the nation. At the end of the day, more than 700 edits were done in 111 articles focused on rare diseases. NNLM is planning similar events in future. This presentation will outline the planning process, marketing strategy, event details, evaluation, and future vision for this project. 


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