Category Archives: Research Communities

Notes and Slides from recent CARL meeting on Collaboration

Library Journal has posted the slides and meeting notes from the December 2nd, 2013 meeting of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). The objective of the meeting was to discuss a proposal for a Canadian network of research data management services.

Universities collaborate on big data

New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington have joined on a 5 year project to work with big data to achieve three goals: Develop meaningful and sustained interactions and collaborations, establish career paths that are long-term and sustainable, and build on current academic and industrial efforts to work towards an ecosystem of analytical tools and research practices.

The project received funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read the full news release here.

Video data-sharing library developmental science established

In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

National Archives and UVA release Founders Online website

“This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.”

Research Data Collaborative launched at Harvard Library

Harvard Staff to launch program offering training and workshops on topics including data security, storage, archiving, preservation and curation.

IMLS grant supports library-faculty collaboration

Librarians and faculty from Cornell, Purdue, University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon are working together to help grad students master data-management skills.

“Starting in graduate school, students begin compiling mountains of research data — but they often have no formal training in how to efficiently keep track of it, share it or organize it so that it can be preserved and used in the future.”

Open Science Summit

Save the date – October 22-23 in Mountain View, CA for the Open Science Summit.

Found this through Boing Boing.

How do scholars collaborate?

If you want to know how scholars in a number of different fields collaborate, a recent report from the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley is worthwhile. While the report, Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines, is pretty lengthy at 734 pages, it can be digested in smaller pieces. Each chapter has a section that details how scholars in the fields of archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music, and political science collaborate. The authors discuss collaboration in general on page 14-16 of the introduction. The following is just a small excerpt:

Many fields are changing in ways such that “one group of experts can’t do everything.” This is particularly dramatic in fields that require significant computational analysis. Scholars in new music, archaeology, astrophysics, and biology are highly collaborative and rely on large teams of individuals who have varied expertise. Collaborations are not uncommon—although on a smaller relative scale—in history, economics, and political science. Collaborations are usually multidisciplinary by nature. Scholars collaborate for several reasons and, similar to the differing levels of comfort with sharing, the desire for collaborating depends on individual personality.

The culture of collaboration is covered in much more detail in the rest of the book as well.