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Teach-in & Workshop: Protecting Climate Data, Jan. 20, GSEIS, UCLA

The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures co-organize and co-sponsor with the UCLA Department of Information Studies a Teach-in & Workshop event to sustain access to essential data on climate change. Date: 9am-3pm, January 20, 2017 Location: Dept. of Information Studies, GSEIS Room 111, UCLA Information and RSVP: http://www.climatedataprotection.net/ The workshop includes a morning teach-in about the political vulnerabilities of scientific data and afternoon break-out groups to make creative and concrete interventions in data protection. The UCLA workshop follows on activities to rescue government data begun at the University of Toronto, the Internet Archive, and the University of Pennsylvania. These constituents have come together to archive important science and climate data. The UCLA Department of Information Studies’ activities draws upon our expertise in data and information sciences, and archival practice. Activities for Teach-in: Learn about data policy and politics Basic issues of identifying datasets at risk Basic principles for targeting and saving specific data sets. Basic guidelines on “how to save your data” Methods of visualizing the broad ecosystem of climate data Skills needed: We need all kinds! People who can identify climate data sets that could be vulnerable to loss or neglect People with knowledge of government websites and databases People with a knowledge of research pertaining to climate science People with library and archive skills People interested in mapping small datasets or inaccessible climate data Hackers who can extract and duplicate data and URLs from...

Professor Borgman presents at ASIS&T 2016 in Copenhagen

Dr. Christine Borgman presented at ASIS&T 2016 the latest conference paper of the Knowledge Infrastructures team: The Durability and Fragility of Knowledge Infrastructures: Lessons Learned from Astronomy. In her presentation, Professor Borgman summarized the results of a continuous observation and analysis of knowledge infrastructures in astronomy. The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is taking place in Copenhagen, October 14-18.   The presentation The paper abstract The Proceedings of the 79th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, October 14-18, 2016...

Dr. Borgman gives a presentation at Michigan State University

On October 5, 2016, Professor Christine Borgman gave a seminar presentation at the Quello Center on Media, Communication, and Information Policy, Michigan State University. In her lecture Motivations for Sharing and Reusing Data: Complexities and Contradictions in the Use of a Digital Data Archive, Dr. Borgman presented preliminary results from our CKI analysis of digital data archives and more specifically, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands. Dr. Borgman is also a member of the Quello Center Advisory Board.   See also: The presentation video The presentation slides...

Pasquetto reports on SciDataCon for CODATA blog: Open data, reuse, and data challenges in the biomedical field

In her posts for CODATA blog, our PhD student Irene Pasquetto reports on SciDataCon 2016 and discusses issues related to open data and to data challenges in the biomedical field. Read the blog posts: Open Data as a Moving Target: What Does it Take to Allow Reuse? How to Address Data Challenges in the Biomedical Field: Solutions for Data Access, Sharing and...

Borgman and Pasquetto present at SciDataCon 2016 in Denver

Professor Christine Borgman gave a number of presentations during SciDataCon 2016, September 12-13, Denver, Colorado. She was a session organizer of a panel discussion How, When, and Why are Data Open? Competing Perspectives on Open Data in Science. Dr. Borgman presented Open Data in Astronomy Sky Surveys on behalf of the UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures (CKI) and Ashley Sands, who could not join the panel. Irene Pasquetto, also from CKI, presented Making “Open Data” Work: Challenges for Data Integration in Genomics Research. Other panelists were Matthew Mayernik, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Mark Parsons, Research Data Alliance (RDA), and Vicky Wolf. At the end of SciDataCon 2016, Professor Borgman gave the closing plenary keynote If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question? The keynote presented the latest CKI research work and analysis within a project with the same title supported by Sloan Foundation. Earlier this week, at the NISO Symposium Privacy Implications of Research Data, Dr. Borgman gave a presentation titled Privacy, Policy, and Data Governance in the University. Both SciDataCon and the NISO symposium were among the events within the International Data Week 2016, taking place in Denver, Colorado, September 11-17.   Read Pasquetto’s posts about SciDataCon 2016 on the CODATA blog See photos from the SciDataCon 2016 Closing Keynote See all photos from the International Data Week     ...

Borgman’s perspectives highlighted in UC data management video

Christine Borgman from UCLA, Rick Prelinger from UC Santa Cruz, and Marjorie Zatz from UC Merced were interviewed on issues of research data management in the video project University of California Libraries: Research Data Matters. It is a project of the Data Curation Common Knowledge Group of the University of California Libraries. The short video discusses the importance of data management in different research...

Pasquetto presents at 2016 SIG CHI Conference in San Jose

On May 10, graduate student researcher Irene Pasquetto presented  Open Data in Scientific Settings: From Policy to Practice at the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which took place in San Jose, May 7-12. This conference paper presents KI team findings from two longitudinal case studies of major scientific collaborations, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in astronomy and the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations in deep subseafloor biosphere studies. These sites offer comparisons in rationales and policy interpretations of open data, which are shaped by their differing scientific objectives. While policy rationales and implementations shape infrastructures for scientific data, these rationales also are shaped by pre-existing infrastructure. Meanings of the term “open data” are contingent on project objectives and on the infrastructures to which they have access.   Pasquetto, I. V., Sands, A. E., Darch, P. T., & Borgman, C. L. (2016). Open Data in Scientific Settings: From Policy to Practice. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1585–1596). New York, NY, USA: ACM. http://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858543  ...

Full KI Team participates in Force2016: Randles wins Best Poster Award

The Force 2016 conference sought to analyze and improve scholarly communications. Our KI team contributed with a presentation by Irene Pasquetto, and one poster each by Peter Darch, Ashley Sands, and Bernie Randles. Pasquetto’s presentation The Data Are Open: Can We Reuse Them was related to her research on the collaboration between domain scientists and software engineers in an effort to enable data sharing in a biomedical research community. Randles’ poster, Too Big to Share? Scaling Up Knowledge Transfer Workflows in Computational Sciences, which was recognized with the Best Poster Award, presented how a group of astronomy researchers systematize their workflow through using Jupyter Notebooks. Darch presented a poster How Do Scientists Assess Trustworthiness of Data Produced by Others related to his research of data dynamics at the Center for Dark Energy Investigations (C-DEBI). Sands’ poster, Data Management in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Projects, included findings from her dissertation work analyzing data management in astronomy. The Force 2016 conference took place in Portland, April 18-19. Following the conference, on April 20, our full KI team participated in the Workshop on field studies of data and software work in science. Participants included researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Washington, New York University, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and our UCLA KI team. The meeting was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. Pasquetto’s presentation at Force 2016   Panel discussion   KI team at Force 2016 conference   Poster session: Darch...

Sands and Golshan present across The Netherlands in February

Doctoral Candidate Ashley Sands and Data Scientist Milena Golshan presented our KI team paper Data Management in the Long Tail: Social and Technical Opportunities at IDCC 2016. As part of an NSF project to conceptualize the Institute for Empowering Long Tail Research, we explored the data management opportunities offered by Software as a Service (SaaS) for small and medium-sized laboratories. The paper was a runner-up for Best Research Paper. The conference took place in Amsterdam, February 23-24. Prior to the IDCC presentation, Sands and Golshan gave two other talks in The Netherlands. On February 16, Sands and Golshan presented at the DANS institute (Data Archiving and Networked Services) colloquium a talk titled What is Data Management? Interpreting Stakeholder Expectations for Archiving and Serving Research Data. Sands presented case studies from the KI team research work, and findings from her dissertation in progress while Golshan led a document analysis exercise. On February 18, the pair gave a presentation titled Case Studies of Data Practices in Distributed Research Collaborations for the e-Humanities Group where they presented KI team analysis of astronomy and earth sciences case studies. See also: IDCC 2016 official photos   Sands presenting at DANS colloquium   DANS colloquium   At DANS   Presenting at eHumanities   Golshan presenting at eHumanities   At IDCC 2016   Sands presenting at IDCC 2016   Golshan presenting at IDCC 2016   Sands presenting at IDCC 2016 (official photos: Robert Tjalondo)   Sands presenting at IDCC 2016 (official photos: Robert Tjalondo)   Q&A session (official photos: Robert...