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Archive Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Open-Access Research Program Grant Award

The Odum Institute Data Archive, along with partners at Dryad, has been awarded a $184,450 one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the Foundation’s Open-Access Research program. The project, “Increasing the Value of Open Access Through Open Data Publication Policies,” will seek to identify the most efficient and efficient methods for implementing robust data policies that incorporate data review and verification processes.

Using an analysis of journal policies as well as survey and interviews of journal editors, referees, and authors, the project will develop a model for robust data policy implementation that includes recommendations on the content and presentation of policies that support authors’ understanding of policy expectations, frameworks for developing guidance documentation to enable authors to comply with the policy, and suggestions for manuscript review workflow modifications that address the challenges of data policy implementation. This evidence-based model will provide clear and actionable guidance that may courage journals to implement robust data policies that support the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of data underlying published articles.

The project will be led by PIs Thu-Mai Christian, Odum Institute Assistant Director for Archives, and Prof. Todd Vision, Associate Professor of Biology and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science.

Job Opening: Research Data Archivist

Apply today to join the Odum Institute archive team as our new Research Data Archivist!

The primary purpose of this position is to:
1. Provide management for the Odum Institute social science data archive to include archive materials, systems and staff
2. Provide ongoing data management and archive support for researchers in the social and behavioral sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill and to external users
3. Interface with data producers and institutional partners to promote ongoing collection development
4. Support grant activities related to the archive functions of the Institute
5. Contribute to the profession through conference participation and research publication
6. Educational Requirements: Advanced degree in Information and Library Science

Qualifications and Experience: An advanced degree in information science with coursework or minimum of 2 years experience in digital data archives is required. Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience. Experience in grant writing is required. Demonstrated proficiency in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and SQL, with a strong aptitude for learning more complex programming languages and code. Background knowledge in social science research principles and techniques including statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, and STATA) is strongly desired.

For more information and to apply, click here. This position will remain open until filled.

Seeking Advanced Graduate Students for Part-time Position

The Odum Institute is seeking enrolled advanced graduate students with demonstrated proficiency in statistical methods to become part of a team working to ensure the quality of datasets and analysis code underlying published articles.

The Odum Institute has partnered with prominent social science journals to implement and enforce their data replication policies, which require authors to submit their data and analysis code for independent quality review. As a condition of final article acceptance, the data and code undergo a comprehensive verification process to confirm that the analytic results presented in the article can be reproduced. This is part of a broader effort of the scientific community to support research reproducibility, thus preserving the integrity of the scientific record.

The Odum Institute has assembled a team to carry out the verification process in cooperation with journal editorial staff and in keeping with manuscript peer review and publication timelines. As a member of this team, you will execute the analysis presented in the manuscript using the author-provided code, data, and supplemental materials in an attempt to generate tables and figures identical to those in the manuscript. The verification process is one that is rigorous and demands significant competencies to include:

• Applied knowledge in a variety of statistical methods including regression analysis (linear, logistic, ordinal), ANOVA, multilevel/hierarchical modeling, generalized linear modeling, factor analysis and structural equation modeling
• Expertise in statistical software packages to include R and Stata
• Aptitude for identifying and diagnosing errors in analysis code
• Ability to communicate effectively and concisely in written correspondence
• Capacity to manage several concurrent projects and set reasonable priorities for project completion

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate these competencies by performing dataset/code verification on a sample manuscript submission. Team members must be able to commit to a (flexible) schedule of at least 10 hours per week.

This position offers students an excellent opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge in statistical methods and data management while gaining an in-depth perspective of the scholarly publication landscape and broader issues related to reproducible research.

For more information or to apply, please contact odumarchive@unc.edu.

Now Offering Videography & Transcription Services

The Odum Institute is proud to announce that we will now be offering services in videography and transcription!

So far we have produced videos for multiple events, including QRSI and Data Matters, broader impacts videos for numerous grant-funded projects, including the DataNet Federation Consortium and MEASURE Evaluation, and one full MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for the UNC CRADLE project. We have also created many tutorials using Camtasia, to help walk users through various programs and processes.

To view examples of our work please visit our YouTube page here.

Video services can be tailored to any particular project, and can include assistance at any stage, from brainstorming and storyboarding, to the actual capturing of video and audio, to the final post-production stage of editing.

Transcription services likewise can be acquired for a wide variety of needs, including transcribing interviews, presentations, and panel discussions.

For more information, contact odumarchive@unc.edu.

41% of Graduate Students Report Using Resources at Odum

The UNC Graduate School’s exit survey lets graduating students reflect on their time at Carolina and identifies highlights in their experience. In this year’s survey, which had a 97% response rate, 41% of graduate students indicated that they had used services at the Odum Institute. We appreciate this recognition and are committed to continuing our support of graduate students at UNC.
For more information, please go to:

For more information, please go to http://carolinachronicle.unc.edu/2016/the-carolina-graduate-student-experience.



Research Data Management & Sharing MOOC

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the University Libraries, and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina have joined forces with the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh to produce a new Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Research Data Management and Sharing.

This is a collaboration of the UNC-Chapel Hill CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) and MANTRA. CRADLE has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to develop training for both researchers and library professionals. MANTRA was designed as a prime resource for postgraduate training in research data management skills and is used by learners worldwide.

The MOOC will launch March 1, 2016. The course follows the stages of a research project, broken down into five week-long sections:


  • Week 1: Understanding Research Data

  • Week 2: Data Management Planning

  • Week 3: Working with Data

  • Week 4: Sharing Data

  • Week 5: Archiving Data

Dr. Helen Tibbo from SILS delivers four of the five sections, and Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre delivers the MANTRA-developed content in week three. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, certificates will be available to any learner who completes the course for a small fee.

Click here to enroll.

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