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Data Curation Profiles Workshop

January 18th, 2012 in Data Management, news 0 comments

Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest.


Boston University, Monday March 19, 2012, 8:30-5:00


Workshop Instructor: Jake Carlson, Purdue University Libraries

Hosted by Boston University
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Co-sponsored by Purdue University and the Digital Library Foundation

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A Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Workshop on Monday, March 19, 2012 will be hosted by Boston University. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funding a limited number of workshops to train librarians in the application and use of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.

There is no registration fee and there are 30 seats available for this event. More than one participant may register from any one institution; however we ask that no more than four register from any one institution. Otherwise, registration will be first come, first served.

Workshop Background

Librarians have an opportunity to play a vital role in the development and stewardship of publicly accessible collections of research data sets—i.e., data curation. However, working with data is a new, unfamiliar area for many. The Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Toolkit is a set of inter-related resources for librarians who need to gather information about data that may be published, shared, and archived for re-use and dissemination. The DCP Toolkit can be used as a means for launching discussions among librarians and faculty, for exploring research data needs, and helping to plan for the development of data services.

More information about the DCP Toolkit can be found at:


Through learning about the application and use of the Data Curation Profiles, this workshop will provide participants with a broad understanding of data curation issues confronting libraries.

[Note: The Data Curation Profiles is not a direct solution to a data management plan, nor a guide to curating data for ingest and archiving. However, it is a tool which may help facilitate these activities.]


The workshop’s intended audience is practicing librarians who work with data as a valuable research output intended for dissemination or repository collection. The sponsoring organizations would like to encourage those who intend to use the Toolkit to register.


Workshop participants who complete a Data Curation Profile for their institution and submit it for publication on the Data Curation Profile website will be eligible for an expenses paid trip to present their work and experiences in developing and using Profiles at a symposium and wrap-up session in the summer of 2012 at Purdue University.


Room 426, 4th floor, School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

Tentative Schedule

8:30 – Welcome and Introductions; Reasons for the Workshop and Background
9:00 – Data Curation Overview
9:30 – The Data Curation Profiles Research
10:00 – Uses of the Data Curation Profiles
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Components of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit
11:15 – Constructing a Profile: Preparation & Interviewing
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
1:15 – Primary Module: The Data Lifecycle
2:15 – Primary Module: Data Sharing
3:00 – Secondary Module: Organization & Description;
3:30 – Secondary Module: Intellectual Property
4:00 – Constructing a Profile: Tips and Techniques
4:30 – Wrap Up

Questions? Contact us!

Jack Ammerman (
Linda Plunket (
Jake Carlson (

Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest.

Gail A. Carpenter and Sai Chaitanya Gaddam report–November’s most viewed on Digital Common

December 5th, 2011 in news, Open Access 0 comments

Biased ART: A Neural Architecture that Shifts Attention Toward Previously Disregarded Features Following an Incorrect Prediction,” by Gail A. Carpenter and Sai Chaitanya Gaddam was the most viewed article on BU Digital Common last month. The technical report was added to DIgital Common on November 11 and was viewed 42 times during the rest of the month.

Abstract: Memories in Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) networks are based on matched patterns that focus attention on those portions of bottom-up inputs that match active top-down expectations. While this learning strategy has proved successful for both brain models and applications, computational examples show that attention to early critical features may later distort memory representations during online fast learning. For supervised learning, biased ARTMAP (bARTMAP) solves the problem of over-emphasis on early critical features by directing attention away from previously attended features after the system makes a predictive error. Small-scale, hand-computed analog and binary examples illustrate key model dynamics. Twodimensional simulation examples demonstrate the evolution of bARTMAP memories as they are learned online. Benchmark simulations show that featural biasing also improves performance on large-scale examples. One example, which predicts movie genres and is based, in part, on the Netflix Prize database, was developed for this project. Both first principles and consistent performance improvements on all simulation studies suggest that featural biasing should be incorporated by default in all ARTMAP systems. Benchmark datasets and bARTMAP code are available from the CNS Technology Lab Website:

Digital Common, the University’s open access repository hosts a wide range of materials including published articles from faculty, technical reports, theses and dissertations, learning objects, and items digitized by the Libraries. For additional information about the repository, contact Vika Zafrin (, the Institutional Repository Librarian for the BU Libraries.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Q&A with Peter Suber 10/26

October 14th, 2011 in Copyright, Open Access, Scholarly Communication 0 comments


This year, BU is again participating in Open Access Week, an international event sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). BU Libraries will sponsor a Q&A with Peter Suber, widely regarded as one of the originators of the Open Access movement.


The conversation will take place WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 4PM in Stone B50 (basement of the CAS building, 675/685 Commonwealth Ave.)

Peter Suber is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Senior Researcher at SPARC, the Open Access Project Director at the Public Knowledge Project, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. He earned his MA and PhD in philosophy, as well as his JD cum laude, from Northwestern University. Suber serves on numerous steering committees and advisory boards for high-profile open access projects. His homepage is here.


Open access is an important and growing area of concern among BU faculty, according to the 2010 Faculty Library Survey Report. The academic publishing industry is in the midst of a complex upheaval, as authors begin to pressure publishers to change copyright-related practices and institutional libraries buckle under astronomically increasing subscription prices for academic periodical literature. Many publishers have changed their standard practices to allow your work to be freely disseminated after a certain period following publication. Some others are in the process of implementing similar changes. Still others are holding fast to practices that ultimately obstruct the dissemination of knowledge.


If you have published articles, and intend to do so again, you are affected. At stake is whether your work will effectively reach your audience. As an author, you have a say in this. BU has resources to help clarify your rights, the current state of academic publishing, and venues for disseminating your research.

You are affected as a reader, as well. Open access directly influences how much material is available to you for research, irrespective of library budget constraints.


You spoke, and BU listened. The 2010 Faculty Library Survey Report indicates that there is a growing interest in open access among our faculty. Please come with questions about open access and what it means for you and your research. After a brief introduction, we will open up the floor for the Q&A.

Sponsored by BU Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Open Access Group

Next Generation Digital Books

May 12th, 2011 in Digital Scholarship, iPad, Scholarly Communication 0 comments

Even as the BU Libraries are rapidly adding ebooks to the collection, we recognize that most of them are simply electronic versions of print books. We are beginning to see a new generation of books published in digital format. It might be better to call such books something other than ebooks. Perhaps “digital books?” The video below is an example of such a book.

Data Conservancy: A Web Science View of Data Curation

March 9th, 2011 in Data Management, Digital Scholarship 0 comments

Sayeed Choudhury’s presentation at the Library of Congress

The Data Conservancy is one of two initial awards through the National Science Foundatiom’s DataNet Program. The Data Conservancy embraces a shared vision: data curation is not an end, but rather a means to collect, organize, validate and preserve data to address grand research challenges. Sayeed Choudhury provides an overview of the Data Conservancy with an emphasis on the data framework aspects of the project.

Speaker Biography: Sayeed Choudhury is associate dean for library digital programs at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.

The Future of the Textbook according to publishers

February 28th, 2011 in Digital Scholarship, Scholarly Communication, student-resources 0 comments

Josh Fischman’s post on “The Wired Campus” section of The Chronicle for Higher Education includes a podcast with William D. Rieders, executive vice president for new media at the publishing company Cengage Learning. Rieders says ““An e-book is not an engaging experience….” Publishers are working to provide much more than simply replicating print textbooks in an electronic format such as homework tools, assessment mechanisims, etc.


Video:The Ivory Tower & The Web

February 17th, 2011 in DigiLib BLog, Digital Scholarship, Scholarly Communication 0 comments

Dan Cohen’s plenary talk “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web,” given at the Coalition for Networked Information meeting in Washington in December, 2010. A general description of the talk:

The web is now over twenty years old, and there is no doubt that the academy has taken advantage of its tremendous potential for disseminating resources and scholarship. But a full accounting of the academic approach to the web shows that compared to the innovative vernacular forms that have flourished over the past two decades, we have been relatively meek in our use of the medium, often preferring to impose traditional ivory tower genres on the web rather than import the open web’s most successful models. For instance, we would rather digitize the journal we know than explore how blogs and social media might supplement or change our scholarly research and communication. What might happen if we reversed that flow and more wholeheartedly embraced the genres of the open web? (Dan Cohen)

The Ivory Tower and the Open Web from CNI Video Editor on Vimeo.

Open-Access Medical Knowledge: Where Are We Currently and Where Should We Be Going?

February 15th, 2011 in Conversations, Open Access 0 comments

Rick Kulkarni, MD, Medical Director,, and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, discusses open-access publishing.

CNI: NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives

February 15th, 2011 in Data Management 0 comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued guidelines for inclusion of data management plans as a part of grant proposals, and many institutions are beginning to examine strategies for meeting these requirements. Units within organizations are also exploring ways to support those needs. This session will examine some of the strategies already being considered or implemented, and representatives from Princeton and Purdue will discuss their campus’s programs.

NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives from CNI Video Editor on Vimeo.

Serge J. Goldstein
Associate CIO & Director of Academic Services
Princeton University

Scott Brandt
Associate Dean for Research
Purdue University

CNI: NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Fall 2010 Membership Meeting
December 13-14, 2010
Arlington, Virginia