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NIH policy on genomic data sharing

August 29th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

“The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.” From post NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

The policy’s implementation is meant to accelerate biomedical discoveries, while safeguarding patient privacy and data sensitivity. Investigators applying for grant funding in January 2015 will need to supply data-sharing plans prior to the start of their research project.

“Everyone is eager to see the incredible deluge of molecular discoveries about disease translated into prevention, diagnostics, and therapeutics for patients,” said Kathy Hudson, Ph.D., NIH deputy director for science, outreach and policy. “The collective knowledge achieved through data sharing benefits researchers and patients alike, but it must be done carefully. The GDS policy outlines the responsibilities of investigators and institutions that are using the data and also encourages researchers to get consent from participants for future unspecified use of their genomic data.”

Along with statistics about the use of dbGaP data, the Nature Genetics report outlines the challenges facing the field, such as the increased volume and complexity of genomic data.

For a link to the GDS Policy see

“Google Science”: Hoax or Disruptor

August 26th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Just a note as we begin our new academic year. This blog space seeks highlight issues in scholarly communication including open access publishing, research data and alt-metrics.

Here is something to think about this week: Is Google the next big player in scholarly publishing?

How ‘Google Science’ could transform academic publishing

In part, whether Google is or is not ready to be the open access platform for scholarly communication, there are two hurdles 1) researchers’ practices and 2) the peer review process.

From the article, Timo Hannay, Managing Director of Digital Science is quoted:

The problem, he says, is not that there are too few options to publish in an open access format. It’s that most academics don’t think about it too much. “Most [academics] don’t particularly care about open access, in part because they are not incentivised to do so. This is changing, but only slowly, and right now most still care more about publishing in established, high-profile journals and in gaining a lot of citations.”

If Google, or another company, had a secret weapon to disrupt the peer review process, now that would be worth getting excited about.

US Department of Energy Public Access Plan

August 5th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

US Department of Energy Public Access Plan was released on July 24, 2014. [Plan]

The Department of Energy (DOE) has implemented their own Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (DOE PAGES – Beta) as a repository for federally funded research.

In US Department of Energy Announces Public Access Plan (David Crotty, Aug. 4, 2014), copyright issues, text and data mining access, and use of data management principles are discussed. These issues and more will need to evolve through communication and practice.

Will the DOE Public Access Plan constitute “major shift in the scholarly publishing landscape” as Crotty writes?


Update: From DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has issued a “Statement on Digital Data Management“<>.  The new requirements regarding management of digital research data will appear in funding solicitations and invitations issued by the Office of Science beginning Oct. 1, 2014.   Other Energy Department research offices will implement data management plan requirements within the next year.


Archives Staff and Collections Features in WW Story and Videos

August 4th, 2014 by William J. Shepherd  
Posted in Library's Home page, University Archives

CUA Archives staff and collections featured in Catholic News Service (CNS) story and videos about American Catholics and the First World War.  The first video is
WW I Impact on Catholics

and the second is
Catholic, WW I Archival Images

Open Access Survey from T&F

July 21st, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Post expires at 10:23am on Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Altmetrics for librarians and researchers

July 2nd, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Altmetrics – as an alternative measure of impact for scholarly research – are in the news.  The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) are researching and recommending metrics other than traditional journal impact factors for measuring scholarly impact.

Ernesto Priego writes in On Metrics and Research Assessment that article level metrics will be more important for “international public access and impact.”

The success of automated methods to obtain quantitative indicators of the reach, reception and use of scholarly outputs depends on our ability as scholarly communities to realise and develop the potential of the Web for scholarly communications.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) just wrapped up their ACM Web Science Conference Workshop in June 2014. Papers and presentations are available at the conference web site -  altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics.

Librarians involved with scholarly communications and consulting with researchers can learn from 4 things every librarian should do with altmentrics. [Impact Story is a nonprofit, open-source webapp that helps scientists discover and share the full impact of their research - everything from citations to their articles to tweets about their software to downloads of their datasets. ]

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) published their April/May 2013 bulletin on Altmetrics: What, Why and Where.

Lastly, Indiana Libraries provides us with 17 More essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library version.)

Now you know!




New Digital Content from Archives Available

June 27th, 2014 by William J. Shepherd  
Posted in Library's Home page, University Archives

CUA press release highlights new digital content available online from three archive collections: Young Catholic Messenger, Msgr. Joseph Fenton, and Iturbide-Kearney.

Data literacy is storytelling

June 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Readings on data this week include the importance of data literacy Are You Data Literate? Education For the Data Economy – why aren’t we teaching this in 8th grade?

We collect data and use data effectively to enhance our experiences and tell stories, says Ramesh Jain, a UC Irvine professor and big data researcher. From The Storytelling Mandate of Big Data by Alex Woodie.

Leading us to The 5 Most Influential Data Visualizations of All Times – telling stories with data!

Post expires at 12:57pm on Thursday September 25th, 2014

Finding Aid for Young Catholic Messenger

June 16th, 2014 by William J. Shepherd  
Posted in Library's Home page, University Archives

New finding aid/collection guide for the Young Catholic Messenger.  It was  the flagship publication of Catholic George Pflaum Publishing Company of Dayton, Ohio, 1885-1970. Pflaum produced religious and civic themed reading materials distributed to students in the Catholic parochial schools, which later included the Junior Catholic Messenger, Our Little Messenger, and the Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact.

Finding Aid for Changing Spirituality Project

June 16th, 2014 by William J. Shepherd  
Posted in Library's Home page, University Archives

We have a new finding aid/collection guide, for the digital only collection of The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project.  This was developed in 2008 by Dr. Dean R. Hoge of the Department of Sociology at CUA as a means of studying issues involving emerging adults in the United States so as to provide religious leaders with information on how to better minister to this age group. It includes essays, commentaries, and case studies.  Thanks to Chris Burroughs and Mike Dobbs for their work.