Information Access Seminar

Data Communities

Friday, April 29, 2022
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PDT

Danielle Cooper, Ithaka S+R

There is a growing interest in promoting research data sharing among universities, funders, and publishers, but how can this be achieved in ways that actually respond to scholars’ needs on the ground? Ithaka S+R’s research on scholarly information and technology practices in a variety of fields demonstrates that successful data sharing happens within data communities, which are formal or informal groups of scholars who share a certain type of data with each other, regardless of disciplinary boundaries.

This talk will provide an introduction to data communities and explore possibilities for developing research support services that are responsive to data community needs. For background, see the report “Data Communities: A New Model for Supporting STEM Data Sharing”.

This seminar will be held online via Zoom. Participants must have a Zoom account and be logged in. Sign up for your free account here. If this is your first time using Zoom, please allow a few extra minutes to download and install the browser plugin or mobile app.

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Danielle Cooper (MLIS, Ph.D.) is the associate director for libraries, scholarly communication, and museums at Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit research organization that focuses on information and technology issues in higher education.

Her research team specializes in scholarly data practices, including a recently-published landmark study “Big Data Infrastructure at the Crossroads: Support Needs and Challenges for Universities” and a current project funded by NSF in collaboration with the Data Curation Network on leveraging data communities to advance open science.

Danielle Cooper, Ithaka S+R
Danielle Cooper, Ithaka S+R


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April 18, 2022