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Virginia Tech’s Response to Research Data Needs: The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. Tyler Walters Dean, University Libraries and Professor Julie Speer Associate Dean, Research and Informatics Virginia Tech The Evolution of Research Data: Strategies for Curation

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    1. Virginia Tech’s Response to Research Data Needs: The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Tyler Walters Dean, University Libraries and Professor Julie Speer Associate Dean, Research and Informatics Virginia Tech The Evolution of Research Data: Strategies for Curation and Data Management, May 16, 2013

    2. VT Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Vision University Libraries is an integral component of Virginia Tech’s scholarly research lifecycle • serving as an institutional referral, production, stewardship and preservation hub • connecting members of the VT community • with a shared goal of promoting excellence in research Mission VT Libraries' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship strives to facilitate excellence in digital research -- The center is built on three core themes: • partnerships • technology • services We partner with individual faculty, research labs, centers, and institutes to: • solve academic-based problems through applied research in information science • offer campus-wide curation, collaboration, and consulting services that support the lifecycle of digital data and scholarship at Virginia Tech

    3. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship • Long-term Goals • Support all aspects of research augmented by information technologies, at any scale regardless of domain • Curate the products of research and scholarship and assist researchers in producing new knowledge products • Enable researchers to make rapid progress in their research • Raise awareness of the value of open access and digital curation • Establish Virginia Tech as the premier institution for eResearch infrastructure

    4. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship • Short-term Goals • Offer faculty and students comprehensive digital research programs: • strengthen their understanding of evolving eResearch, or research environment, issues; • augment their digital research skills with new knowledge of digital curation processes; • enable new discoveries and creative problem-solving • Build and partner to design sustainable infrastructures that: • support research thrusts at Virginia Tech • connect and enhance discovery of digital research and scholarship across disciplines

    5. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship • eResearch Projects Coordinator • Data Science & Informatics Librarian • Repositories Librarian • Research Data Librarian • Research Environments Librarian • Digital Humanities Librarian • Publishing Specialist • 4 Metadata Specialists • Associate Dean for Research & Informatics • Director, Digital Research & Scholarship Services • 2 Digital Technologies Development Librarians • 3 Software Engineers • Web Developer for Virtual Communities • Systems Administrator • Systems Administrator/ DBA Faculty Data Initiatives

    6. CDRS Programmatic aCTIVITIES

    7. Consulting VT/UVA Data Management Bootcamp for Graduate Students

    8. Consulting • Py4grads • Data Management Plans • DMPTool, in person consulting • ‘Big data’ management session • Fralin SURF (life sciences) • Scieneering (science & engineering) • HNFE and SEEC (engineering education) • Undergraduate research programs

    9. Curation Services • Data & Scholarship Repository • VTechWorks • Integrated General Education Curriculum • ePublishing • eJournals and eConference Proceedings • Library Publishing Coalition • Open Access Subvention Fund • Virtual Collaboration • Virtual Communities Service • Virtual Byron Society

    10. Research/Dev. Projects • FishTraits Database • VIVO Researcher Profiles • ETD Research Data Project • Engineering Data Repository Ingest Project • ‘Environmental Web’ Archiving Project Digital Curation Infrastructure

    11. Small Grants Fund • Informatics Initiatives • Incentivize and fund informatics partnerships with colleges and research institutes • Create digital data collections and other resources to support research • Digital Humanities • Assist faculty in building digital resources/collections from their research • Subsidize students, technology, outside services, etc.

    12. Outreach • Open Access Week • Research Data Management Virtual Brown Bags • Informatics Speaker Series • Presentations • College of Engineering Administrative Committee • College of Engineering/School of Engineering Science and Mechanics Faculty Meeting • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrative Committee • College of Veterinary Medicine Administrative Committee • http://cdrs.lib.vt.edu

    13. In-Reach: the eResearch Hub • Objectives • Examine emergent issues in networked and data-intensive research • Explore new roles that enable deeper engagement with the research enterprise • Group projects, year one • Data Management Guide • Data Literacy Program Design • Reference management, data management, digital object/content management, virtual collaboration tools, data visualization, research environment issues, scripting and programming, altmetrics • Outreach Toolkit • Workflows for Digital Curation – Repository Working Group • Port: Research Commons

    14. Discussion Questions? Comments? Tyler Walters Dean, University Libraries tyler.walters@vt.edu Julie Speer Associate Dean, Research and Informatics jspeer@vt.edu