Symposium Overview and Full Schedule

The 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium
Thursday, April 6, 2017
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Faculty Conference Room
Worcester, Massachusetts

Poster Session
Poster Presentations

"An Impact Agenda for Biomedical Libraries"
Kristi Holmes, PhD, Northwestern University
Director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)
Director of Evaluation, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS)

Breakout Sessions

Moderated Panel
"Creating Connections With Your Community"
Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Research Evaluation Analyst, University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science

  • Daina Bouquin, Head Librarian, John G. Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Audrey Mickle, Data Librarian, Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library
  • Yvette N. Woell, Manager, Argonne Research Library, Argonne National Laboratory

Thursday, April 6th
8:00 AM

Agenda: 2017 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

e-Science Symposium

8:00 AM

Agenda for the 9th annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.

Event Brochure: 2017 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

e-Science Symposium

8:00 AM

Event brochure for the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, held Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The brochure includes the symposium event schedule, speaker biographies, and additional resources.

8:15 AM

Poster Session

e-Science Symposium

8:15 AM

View full text of posters presented at the 2017 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium.

10:30 AM

An Impact Agenda for Biomedical Libraries

Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University

University of Massachusetts Medical School

10:30 AM

Kristi Holmes, PhD is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library and an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and the Department of Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Holmes leads evaluation activities for several programs, including the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Program in the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), in addition to serving on its executive committee. In her role as director of Galter Library, she is excited to have an opportunity to help define new roles and opportunities for the modern biomedical research library in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment.

"An Impact Agenda for Biomedical Libraries" focuses on her work as Director of Evaluation for the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS). Dr. Holmes addresses The CTSA Consortium, collaboration in libraries, and using evaluation to define success and research impact.

11:45 AM

Managing data management: building a RDM service at MIT Libraries

Christine Malinowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phoebe Ayers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

11:45 AM

The MIT Libraries’ Data Management Services Program (DMS) provides services in research data management (RDM) – including assistance with creating data management plans, individual RDM consultations for individuals and labs, and workshops on RDM best practices and technologies. DMS assists researchers from across campus on projects ranging from in-depth, multi-week consultations to quick, one-off advice and feedback. Questions and referrals come to DMS from the library’s reference service and subject specialists, as well as directly from researchers.

DMS is currently comprised of one full-time research data librarian and six additional team members (3 new in the last six months) that have split appointments between DMS and other library departments. Additionally, DMS collaborates with groups within and external to the Libraries who have related areas of expertise. Managing a team with varying levels of bandwidth and many competing duties has led to many challenges in maintaining consistent and up-to-date knowledge of RDM across all team members, coordinating and completing new projects to expand our services, and tracking and maintaining researcher contact for future outreach.

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of how the MIT Libraries DMS team works, some examples of our recent projects and consultations, our specific (but certainly generalizable) challenges of providing and expanding RDM services, and the tools that we use to meet those challenges and ensure speedy and accurate service. These include a wiki-based knowledgebase, dynamic project plans using Tableau software, a rotating on-call list, and biweekly RDM updates emails.

Participants will get a chance to share their own organizational solutions or brainstorm how to tackle unresolved challenges with the benefit of tapping the experiences and lessons learned from the presenters and other attendees.

Sex, Lies, and Data

Shea Swauger, University of Colorado - Denver

University of Massachusetts Medical School

11:45 AM

Objective: The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how current research ethics policies and procedures can fail to achieve meaningful privacy and consent from human subjects in data-related research areas, and additionally, to provide the beginnings of a supplementary framework that researchers can use to define meaningful consent.

Methods: I will illustrate failures of current research ethics involving lapses in privacy and/or consent from three case studies of published research based on user data from Facebook, OkCupid and Ashley Madison.

Results: The standard mechanisms by which we measure ethical soundness is producing morally questionable research when applied to some data-related research. While the policies and procedures of journals and regulatory bodies need to adapt to meet these new contexts, researchers can take ownership of the ethical ramifications of their work.

Conclusions: I submit that researchers need to develop and train in a new subset set of ethics, called Data Ethics, or the applied framework of ethical principles in data-related inquiry, and beginning with a meaningful definition and test for consent is a good start.

2:00 PM

A Collaborative Clearinghouse for Data Management Training and Education Resources

Chung-Yi Hou, National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Nancy Hoebelheinrich, Knowledge Motifs, LLC
David Bassendine, Blue Dot Lab
John C. Nelson, U.S. Geological Survey
Tamar Norkin, U.S. Geological Survey
John Faundeen, U.S. Geological Survey
Amber Budden, DataONE/University of New Mexico
Matthew S. Mayernik, National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Erin Robinson, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners

University of Massachusetts Medical School

2:00 PM

Objective: The main objectives of this breakout session are for the Data Management Training (DMT) Clearinghouse team to: 1) introduce the Clearinghouse and its current design and implementation, 2) solicit submissions to its learning resource inventory, and 3) collect feedback upon its web interface and future development. Features of the Clearinghouse that will be demonstrated include how to search and browse its inventory as well as submit a learning resource to the Clearinghouse using the LRMI (Learning Resource Metadata Initiative) metadata format. The team will also share the roadmap for the Clearinghouse’s upcoming features. In order to provide feedback regarding the Clearinghouse’s usability, the team will invite the session attendees to test the Clearinghouse’s services and will encourage comments to guide its future development.

Setting/Participants/Resources: Since the DMT Clearinghouse is entirely accessible via the web, in order to demonstrate the Clearinghouse successfully, a reliable (and preferably free of charge) internet connection, and an overhead projecting capability will need to be available to the presenter. It would also be very useful for the attendees of the session to have access to the same internet connection, so that if they desire, the attendees can follow along with the steps of the demonstration, and contribute to the Clearinghouse inventory. The main presenter will plan to bring her own laptop with built-in standard HDMI and USB ports. As a result, it will be helpful if a HDMI or USB cable could also be provided for the presenter to connect her laptop to the projecting equipment.

Method: Many research organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions have been developing excellent learning resources in order to support and meet the needs for data management training. However, these learning resources are often hosted on various websites and spread across various scientific domains. Consequently, these resources can be difficult to locate, especially by those who are not already familiar with the creators/authors. This is a barrier to the use and reuse of these resources, and can have significant impact on the promotion and propagation of best practices for data management.

To address this need within the Earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI), the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) have collaborated to create a web-based Clearinghouse1 for collecting data management learning resources that are focused on the Earth sciences.

The initial seed funding for the effort was provided by a grant received from the USGS CDI earlier in 2016, and ESIP’s Drupal site provided the hosting infrastructure for the Clearinghouse. Members from the USGS, DataONE, ESIP’s Data Stewardship Committee and its Data Management Training Working Group, Knowledge Motifs LLC, as well as Blue Dot Lab met regularly between April and October, 2016 in order to discuss, create, and implement the content structure and infrastructure components necessary to build the current revision of the Clearinghouse.


Results: As a registry of information about the educational resources on topics related to research data management (initially focused on Earth sciences), the Clearinghouse serves as a centralized location for searching or browsing an inventory of these learning resources. Currently, the Clearinghouse offers search and browse functionality that is open to all, and submission of information about educational resources by login with a free ESIP account. To assist with discoverability, the learning resources are described using Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) schema. Additionally, the resources may be associated with the steps of data and research life cycles, such as the USGS CDI’s Science Support Framework2 and DataONE’s Data Life Cycle3. Leveraging the team’s collective experience in creating, presenting and distributing data management learning resources, the Clearinghouse included the learning resources from USGS, ESIP, and DataONE as its initial inventory, but is expanding to resources from NASA and others. Crowdsourcing is currently the main mechanism for sustaining the Clearinghouse. Going forward, in addition to the built-in workflow to allow anyone from the public to submit descriptive information about the data management learning resources that s/he wishes to share, future capabilities will be added to enable contributions to review, edit, and rank the submissions, as desired.


Discussion/Conclusion: The DMT Clearinghouse team was successful in completing the initial development phase as scheduled for the first six months of its funding, including some informal usability testing of the interface. The team aims to continue to develop and enhance the Clearinghouse’s capabilities, including the evaluation of its usability, through collaboration with additional communities, and if feasible, adding the capability for bulk-loading of learning resources. Being able to present the Clearinghouse at the eScience Symposium would not only allow those who are involved with or would like to learn about data management to leverage the Clearinghouse’s resources, but also connect those who would like to contribute to the project with the Clearinghouse team. Ultimately, the Clearinghouse is designed so that the resources from its inventory could be used in a variety of data management training and education environments. By exposing the Clearinghouse to diverse users and communities, the Clearinghouse team can better assess how the Clearinghouse can be updated and what technological enhancements to pursue in the future in order to improve our support of research data management training needs.

Adapting the Library Repository to Accommodate Research Data, Publications, and Partnering with Researchers

Andrew T. Creamer, Brown University
Hope Lappen, Brown University
Indra Neil Sarkar, Brown University
Erika Sevetson, Brown University

University of Massachusetts Medical School

2:00 PM

Brown University Library originally created the Brown Digital Repository (BDR) in 2011 to serve the digital content storage and dissemination needs of its Special Collections and Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). Since then, the BDR has evolved to serve a broader group of stakeholders, including the science librarians, who deposit researchers’ data along with the supplementary materials underlying their publications, collections of data to comply with a grant-funder’s requirements for data sharing, and faculty publications. Some university library systems have created separate repositories for data, such as the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota. However, for libraries at smaller institutions, having a separate system for images, publications, and data may not be the most-feasible or affordable short-term solution. Over the last year, Brown’s science librarians and developers have been planning to make enhancements and changes to the BDR to improve its ingest, dissemination, and overall capabilities for preserving the long-term access of research data as well as make the necessary adaptations to the way that the BDR collects faculty publications, with the aim of it being a resource to help researchers with retaining their final approved manuscripts and complying with their funders’ public access policies. These shifts, from a focus on ingesting and displaying images to a focus on data and publications have exposed many issues and challenges that librarians considering adapting their existing repositories to accommodate data and public access mandates should hear.

At the same time, the Library has been working with the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics to integrate its science librarians and repository infrastructure into grant-funded projects, such as an NLM Administrative Supplement for Informationist Services. In the second half of the session, Dr. Neil Sarkar, the Director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, and Principal Investigator on the NLM Administrative Supplement, will provide a keynote address, which will cover: (1) faculty perspectives academic libraries should have in mind while adapting their repositories for tracking and making available their faculty’s scholarly output; (2) ways libraries can develop infrastructure to partner with their faculty on research projects and grant-funded initiatives, such as clinical and translational science; (3) ways that libraries could integrate their repositories into existing systems for recording scholarly output, such as My NCBI’s My Bibliography as well as systems for displaying researcher and scholarship ontologies such as VIVO; and (4) ways that libraries can adapt their repositories to provide meaningful analytics and metrics for measuring the impact of their researcher communities.

3:30 PM

Creating Connections With Your Community

Sally A. Gore, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Daina Bouquin, Harvard University
Audrey Mickle, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Yvette N. Woell, Argonne National Laboratory

University of Massachusetts Medical School

3:30 PM

In this moderated panel discussion on "Creating Connections With Your Community," librarians discuss their unique libraries and the populations they serve. The panel also addresses building professional networks, and challenges and discoveries related to data and data management.


Sally Gore, MS, MSLIS
Research Evaluation Analyst
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Daina Bouquin, MLIS, CAS
Head Librarian, John G. Wolbach Library
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Audrey Mickle, MLIS
Data Librarian, MBLWHOI Library
Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Yvette Woell, MLIS, MSMOB
Library Manager, Argonne Research Library
Argonne National Laboratory