I’m finally getting around to going back through my conference notes and identifying how I want to follow up. I recently came across a new approach for making meeting notes/minutes more useful, so I’m trying to apply the following categories to the notes I took in Evernote. Retroactive structuring isn’t ideal, but it’s helping me process through things with less stress about what I may have forgotten.

  • Blog This
  • Read This
  • Think About This
  • Do This
  • Share This
  • FYI (I added this category because I don’t always know what information will be useful later)

Links to the Symposium presentations are available at Since presentations are almost always more than the slides, I wanted to share my notes and thoughts on the Symposium. Also, I have to give great credit to the organizers for a practical approach to an increasingly diverse and complicated issue.

Somewhat selfishly, I really want to see the NNLM GMR do something similar. I don’t see an existing funding opportunity that would fit the bill, but perhaps that can happen with enough demand. We have some great expertise in the region and could really foster development of data services at institutions that simply haven’t had the capacity or ability to pursue the professional development opportunities, given that most are on the coasts.

Paul Harris, DirectorOffice of Research InformaticsVanderbilt University

  • nice translational science diagram on slide 5 (
  • my take-aways on his lessons learned: focus on a universal problem; design for the researcher; find and empower early adopters (target big impact people); listen to research end users (a lot), then use input to evolve; manage expectations; leverage earned trust; promote, promote, and re-promote; measure as you go
  • build as little as possible

Jared Lyle, Director of Curation Services, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

I’ve heard Jared speak several times in the past couple of years and the ICPSR is doing some great things, so I mostly sat back and listened. If you’re somewhat new to the data sharing and curation conversation, Jared’s talk is full of great references and resources.

The following quote stuck with me, possibly because I am amazed that any red politician from Indiana is this articulate about data. It helps that he is/was a physician.

“The growing lack of scientific integrity and transparency has many causes but one thing is very clear: without open access to data, there can be neither integrity nor transparency from the conclusions reached by the scientific community. Furthermore, when there is no reliable access to data, the progress of science is impeded and leads to inefficiencies in the scientific discovery process. Important results cannot be verified, and confidence in scientific claims dwindles.”

-Statement of Research Subcommittee Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)
Hearing on Scientific Integrity and Transparency, March 5, 2013.

Kieth Webster

In case you don’t know much about him, he has a diverse background in libraries and publishing, as well as having worked in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and now the US. His perspective is somewhat more global and less library-centric, which was a nice surprise for me. I took lots of photos of his slides, so there’s still a lot in his presentation that I’m digesting.

  • Take a look for yourself at the “Data management activities” section starting on page 14, slide 81
  • Good questions to help focus your data management services (page 15): teaching or doing? compliance or support? storage or registering? policy advice vs. policy development? institution-wide or in response to requests?
  • To make it happen, you need change management, to sell the vision, to build connections with researchers, and policy and institutional support
  • Finally, check out the slide titled “Collections grid”


Better late than never – notes from the NNLM MAR Research Data Management Symposium


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