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Big Data Ethics Support Systems and Networks

Bonnie Tijerina and Emily Keller of the Data & Society Research Institute discuss the Supporting Ethics in Data Research project that explores the current and potential partnerships between computer science researchers, librarians, and support systems on campus to address emerging ethical issues in the research process:

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.
CNI Website:
CNI Video Series:

Council of Graduate Schools
The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been the national voice for the graduate dean community for over 50 decades. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. CGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy in the policy arena, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices. CGS also acts as a convening authority, organizing major events that bring together graduate deans and other stakeholders to discuss and take action on a broad range of issues affecting graduate education today.  CGS: 

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization with the goal of increasing information sharing and improving collaboration of online documents. Learn about their free tools to inform people how they can reuse and share creative works. Creative Commons:

Digital Dissertations in an Increasingly Welcoming Landscape
Presentation on the challenges and solutions to creating a non-traditional digital dissertation by Amanda Visconti, Ph.D.:

Digital Humanities Guidelines for Dissertations and Tenure
A collection of resource links to guides, examples and case studies on digital dissertation issues compiled by Amanda Visconti, Ph.D.:

Digital Management Planning Tool
Free resources to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements from the California Digital Library:

ETD Bibliography
The ETD Bibliography web site presents a variety of sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). ETD Bibliography:

ETD Guide
This collaborative guide provides comprehensive resources for librarians, academic managers, and faculty to start and manage an electronic thesis program and to build and manage a thesis repository. Organized by the NDLTD:

ETD Lifecycle Management Project
The ETD Lifecycle Management Project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), offers ETD Lifecycle Guidance Documents and Management Tools. The Lifecycle Management Tools are a documented suite of both new and existing open-source tools for better managing electronic theses & dissertations (ETDs).

Library of Congress Recommended Formats Statement
Recommended Formats Statement identifies hierarchies of the physical and technical characteristics of creative formats, both analog and digital, which will best meet the needs of all concerned, maximizing the chances for survival and continued accessibility of creative content well into the future. LOC:

Library Publishing Directory
Published by the Library Publishing Coalition, the Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others:

National Association of Admissions Professionals
The National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the concerns of individuals working in the graduate admissions and recruitment environment. NAGAP:

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international consortium dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations. The NDLTD provides assistance to universities and countries interested in developing ETD programs. They also maintain a central repository that provides access to many full-text, open access ETD repositories worldwide. NDLTD:

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalog. OCLC:

Open Access Network
The Open Access Network (OAN) is a non-profit organization made up of committed individuals, organizations, societies, publishers, libraries, and institutions working together to Make Knowledge Public. OAN:

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) aims to provide an authoritative ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. OASIS:”

Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)
The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is a social tagging project to capture new OA developments comprehensively and in real time. OA Tracking Project:

OpenDOAR: The Directory of Open Access Repositories
OpenDOAR: The Directory of Open Access Repositories is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents. OpenDOAR:
A new website service called has been launched, which exposes theses and dissertations, making them highly accessible, useful and shareable — at absolutely no cost. ‘Theses and Dissertations have long been inaccessible due to lack of a free, powerful interface to search all of these documents in a single location,’ said Erik Reeves, CEO. ‘These documents represent an important compendium of vetted research. will ensure that these works, which authors created with formidable investments of inspiration and time, and which universities have ratified as part of awarding graduate degrees, are instantaneously available anywhere in the world via the web at no cost.’ Theses and Dissertations have long been inaccessible due to lack of a free, powerful interface to search all of these documents in a single location will allow authors to upload their theses/dissertations, and the documents will then be vaulted for posterity and made searchable anywhere in the world. If an author (or an author’s family) has only a paper-copy of a thesis/dissertation, the site will give guidance on how to get it scanned into computer-readable form, for subsequent uploading.” [Source: PRWeb Press Release, Jan. 2010]

ProQuest/UMI began to centrally collect dissertation research within the United States in 1938. Before 1997, these manuscripts were only available in paper, microfiche or microfilm. Today, approximately 700 U.S. institutions deposit dissertations (and some theses) to this central online repository. ProQuest/UMI provides the service of creating a microfiche, microfilm and electronic copies of a manuscript, as well as adding the manuscript to the Library of Congress research collection. ProQuest/UMI was designated the central repository for the Library of Congress in the 1990’s, so depositing dissertations with ProQuest/UMI fulfills the federal mandatory research deposit requirement. In 1997, ProQuest/UMI began to provide the first 24 pages of manuscripts in open access and the full-text manuscripts is available for a fee. ProQuest/UMI also offers the service of providing manuscripts in full-text, open access for an additional fee. The document is then available in open access in the ProQuest/UMI repository indefinitely. ProQuest/UMI grants universities libraries full-text rights to the manuscripts they deposited for their patrons. For an additional fee, Libraries can have full-text access to all documents in the repository. ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing:

Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies (ROARMAP)
Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) allows education institutions to provide their open access policies and to see other institutional policies.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit (ACRL)
The Toolkit includes short overview essays on key scholarly communication issues and highly selective lists of other sources of information on these topics, and copies of presentations, handouts, and similar material including materials from the ACRL Workshop.

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. If you’re considering a campus open-access policy, or already have one in development, SPARC has resources to assist. They also co-organized Open Access Week 2009.

Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access (SHERPA)
Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access (SHERPA): Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement. For those wanting to review publisher policies before they submit an ETD, the Nottingham University’s SHERPA service offers a website called RoMEO ( that tracks publisher policies, where currently 477 publisher policies can be found July 2009. (“SHERPA is a 33 member consortium of research-led universities within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland” and is dedicated to promoting OA repositories [SHERPA, 2009]). Also, SHERPA provides:

SHARE is building a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. SHARE is a higher education initiative whose mission is to maximize research impact by making a comprehensive inventory of research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. To fulfill this mission SHARE is building a free, open data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.

By collecting, connecting, and enhancing metadata that describes research activities and outputs—from data management plans and grant proposals to preprints, journal articles, and data repository deposits—SHARE will simplify how various pieces can be identified as elements of a research project.

By creating an open data set, SHARE will facilitate innovation in communication, visualization, and dissemination of information about research for the advancement of scholarship. Much of that innovation cannot be predicted in advance, and would be impossible without SHARE.

SHARE is an initiative led by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and founded with the support of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). SHARE has partnered with the Center for Open Science (COS) for infrastructure development. SHARE is supported in part by generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
“The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is a federal agency survey conducted by NORC for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The SED gathers information annually from 45,000 new U.S. research doctorate graduates about their educational histories, funding sources, and post-doctoral plans. Each year the SED data are added to a larger historical record of doctorate-degree graduates, the Doctorate Records File (DRF). Begun in 1920, the DRF contains annual information used to track the number of graduates in various fields; the educational paths of scientists, engineers, and humanists; movement of graduates into the labor market; and similar information.” This information is used for program planning for universities, grant writing, and other university and governmental decision making. Many U.S. universities volunteer to collect data from graduating doctoral students in exchange for the rich data that is provided by this organization. SED:

TDL Descriptive Metadata Guidelines for Electronic Theses and Dissertations
These guidelines, which build upon and update the 2008 Texas Digital Library Descriptive Metadata Guidelines for Electronic Theses and Dissertations v.1,  include two publications intended to be used in tandem to enhance the management, discoverability, and reuse of electronic theses and dissertations:

The State of Open Data Report
A selection of analyses and articles about open data, curated by Figshare. Foreword by Sir Nigel Shadbolt.