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Lecture: Data Sharing across Disciplines: “Evidential Cultures” and Curation for Reuse
Lecture: Data Sharing across Disciplines: “Evidential Cultures” and Curation for Reuse
WhenThursday, Sep 5, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationMagnuson Health Sciences Center B (HSB)
Campus roomA420 Hogness Auditorium
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsUniversity of Washington
Department of Bioethics and Humanities
Biomedical Research Integrity Program……

Speaker: Carole Palmer, PhD  
Professor and the Associate Dean for Research 
University of Washington Information School

NIH Topic: Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership

Thursday, September 5, 2019
3:30-4 pm, Coffee and Registration, UW Health Sciences Bldg, A420, Hogness Auditorium
4-5 pm, Lecture, UW Health Sciences Building, A420, Hogness Auditorium

Abstract and Objectives: 

Data management practices are maturing, and data sharing is increasing. At the same time, limited progress has been made on the data infrastructure long envisioned for enabling interdisciplinary research. In this presentation, we examine current advances in data sharing and their practical implications for data reuse across disciplines. Important trends include growing awareness of FAIR data sharing principles and reproducibility concerns, and the increasingly intricate landscape of data repositories and standards. Facilitating cross-disciplinary data access and reuse will require additional commitments, and action, from individual researchers, research communities, and data repositories that attend to the dynamics of “evidential cultures” and data lifecycles. We will consider how researchers and data curation services can work together to increase reuse value and decrease interpretive risk, furthering a data ecosystem that fosters interdisciplinary solutions to complex research problems.  


Carole Palmer, PhD, is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research in the Information School at the University of Washington. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducts research on data curation and digital collections to advance interdisciplinary inquiry, open data for the public, and professional data services. Recent projects include: Site-Based Data Curation for Geobiology, Open Data Literacy, and the Qualitative Data Repository. As an educator, Palmer has been a leader in data curation workforce development for more than a decade, recognized in 2013 with the Information Science Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Information Science & Technology. Her professional contributions to the development of cyberinfrastructure and data services include membership on two National Academy of Sciences study committees and advisory boards for the Research Data Alliance (RDA), National Data Service, and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).  

Suggested Reading:
Wilkinson, MD et al. (2016) The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Scientific Data, 3:160018. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.18.


Why might attention to the ways in which data are curated and shared be considered an essential element of responsible research practice?
Are data curation and sharing practices in the biomedical sciences unique, or what might we be able to learn about potential approaches from practices in other scientific areas?
Are the data that you and your colleagues are producing in your lab or department “FAIR”, i.e. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable? If you don’t know how to answer this question, how might you go about finding out?

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Attendance: video attendance will be updated on September 5, 2019
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