Seeking applications for summer 2013 DMPTool interns

The SciDaC group is now seeking applicants for a summer 2013 DMPTool internship.  This is a paid internship, working for 10 weeks with the the DMPTool grant project manager, Andrew Sallans, supporting ongoing project planning activities.  Applications must be submitted by March 24, 2013.

Full details are available on the DMPTool blog here:  http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/dmptool/2013/03/07/summer-dmptool-internship-opportunity-apply-now/

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Funding for DMPTool from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The SciDaC group is pleased to announce a new grant award for continued work on the DMPTool from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  In summary, this award provides significant funding to support ongoing development costs for new functionality in the tool, for both researchers and support providers.  This is quite an exciting accomplishment!

For more complete details, please see the DMPTool blog post here:  http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/dmptool/2013/01/14/dmptool2-funding/

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Now Hiring Data Mining and Social Science Data Consultants

Data Mining Consultant

http://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=68828

Anticipated Hiring Range:   $40,000 – $80,000

Posting Summary:   Seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who is eager to provide data mining services as part of a data services team, and who brings strong expertise in deriving research value from disparate data sets and environments. This position will be a central part of a new research data support service unit within the Library with the mission of collaborating with researchers and graduate students across the University to create innovative new opportunities around data-intensive research. The successful candidate will excel at helping clients find solutions to specific research problems by identifying and mining diverse data collections both inside and outside of the University’s collections, as well as developing new skills and services that support a coordinated, scalable, and sustainable research environment for the University.

Required Education:  Masters or PhD, will consider degree from any disciplinary background, but must have knowledge of fundamental data mining principles from Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or other technical field.

Social Science Data Consultant

http://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=68829

Anticipated Hiring Range:    $40,000 – $80,000

Posting Summary:    Seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who is eager to provide data services as part of a team, and who brings strong experience in social science research methods and a passion for supporting the full lifecycle of social science research data, from initial design to analysis to preservation. This position will be a central part of a new research data support service unit within the Library with the mission of collaborating with researchers and graduate students across the University to create innovative new opportunities around data-intensive research, paying particular attention to research made possible through new streams of data generated by massive, unpredictable social systems, like social media tool Twitter (referred to as “organic data” by US Census Director Robert Groves). The successful candidate will excel at both seeing the big picture of opportunities made possible by new technologies and social trends as well as at helping faculty and students find solutions to specific research problems, and in developing new skills and services that support a coordinated, scalable, and sustainable research environment for the University.

Required Education:   Master’s degree required, preference for PhD, open to any area if appropriately representing the challenges and new opportunities made available through data-intensive social science research.

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NSF Recognizes Data as Important Research Output

This week, the National Science Foundation announced changes to its Grant Proposal Guidelines.

A key change is in the biosketch   section of the proposal. Starting January 14, 2013, researchers are allowed to list “products of research” this may include “publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyright.” Other places in the proposal guide refer to “products of research” as well, giving data sets and other non publication research products greater importance than in previous proposals.

Data collected and used in funded research is beginning to be seen as important products of research. We saw this shift change two years ago (January 18, 2011) when the NSF required that all proposals have a two page Data Management Plan describing “how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results”. If you don’t manage your data throughout your research and make it available in the end, then you won’t have any products of research to report on in your biosketch.

For more information, see the full Grant Proposal Guidelines, effective January 14,  2013. SciDaC has created a brief guide on Changes and Clarifications for Data Management Plans & Products of Research.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to share your data and how it can be cited in your NSF proposals, please contact the Scientific Data Consulting Group (SciDaC) .

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SEAS Graduate Student Research Skills Workshop, 9/12/12

Title: “Managing Research Data Along the Graduate Student Lifecycle”
SEAS Graduate Student Research Skills Workshop
Rice Hall Auditorium
5 p.m. – September 12, 2012

Worried about losing all your data?  Having trouble sharing data across your lab?  Know how to choose the right data formats?  Scientific data consultants Andrew Sallans and Sherry Lake will introduce you to the fundamentals of data management, address why it’s important to you, and offer strategies to get started with improving your practices now.  This session will follow the four stages of the graduate student lifecycle, and will refer to resources that are available in the new Graduate Student Data Management Portal (jointly developed by the Library’s Scientific Data Consulting Group and the Vice President for Research’s Graduate Studies Office).  The portal promotes data management best practices, and approaches learning these practices in a when-you-need-it and do-it-yourself manner.

Contact us at scidac@virginia.edu if you have questions.

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