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Wednesday, October 16 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
2 x 15 minute talks - Collaboration

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This half-hour session will include the following two short talks:

Fostering a culture of collaboration to strengthen data discovery: the Data Catalog Collaboration Project
(Nicole Contaxis)
The Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP - https://www.datacatalogcollaborationproject.org/) is a multi-institutional collaboration, consisting of more than thirty librarians and developers from across nine academic medical centres, working together to improve the discoverability of their institutions’ biomedical research data - regardless of where the data may be stored. The project uses an open source data catalog system, an instance of which has been installed locally at each participating institution. The DCCP aims to:
  • Tackle challenges related to enhancing metadata schemas for biomedical research datasets
  • Engage the research community around data sharing at every stage of the data lifecycle
  • Develop institutional policy to support data management and sharing
  • Align metadata and technical efforts with national and international data discovery initiatives, such as the National Institutes of Health (https://www.nih.gov/) and Google Dataset Search (https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch).
The DCCP is working to build a roadmap that would allow for any institution to: (a) easily install and customize the data discovery system to fit their institutional needs; (b) utilize and contribute to a flexible metadata schema informed by the DCCP; (c) harness sustainable strategies developed by DCCP members to engage their local community around data discovery, and; (d) contribute to a growing community that works together to improve the discovery of research data.

Bringing open scholarship and open education to the public through an academic/public library collaboration
(Matthew Murray)
The open access movement has become a part of the status quo in academia, but how important is it to the general public? This talk summarises the results of efforts by the University of Guelph, who began by running a successful workshop at the university on how to access scholarly literature after graduation, and who have now established partnerships with the public library and a local community space in order to run sessions on accessing scholarly literature and the current challenges of information access.


Nicole Contaxis

Senior Project Coordinator, NYU Langone
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Matthew Murray

Co-Host, Book Club for Masochists: A Readers' Advisory Podcast
When he’s not editing the podcast, Matthew spends his time trying to read all of the comics ever, working as a Data and Graduate Studies Librarian, co-organizing the Manga in Libraries series of webinars and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s Libraries & Education day, and ed... Read More →

Wednesday October 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm BST
Thistle Room