Endangered Data Week at CWML - Schedule of Events!

20 February 2018 - 9:21am by Lindsay Barnett

Join us the week of February 26 - March 2 as we discuss datasets in danger of being lost or repressed and explore preservation strategies!  


Biomedical Data Repositories Workshop

Monday, 2/26, 4-5pm

So you want to put your research data into a repository. Maybe you anticipate citations and credit from other researchers; maybe you practice open science; maybe data sharing is required by your journal or funder. In this workshop, Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan, Access Services/Clinical Librarian Alyssa Grimshaw, and Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian Lindsay Barnett will go over some key questions to consider as you choose the right repository for your project.   

  • What are the advantages of domain-specific repositories and interdisciplinary repositories?
  •  Can you maintain some control over access and reuse of your data?
  • What features facilitate the discovery, re-use, and citation of your data?

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to discuss the pros and cons of data repositories including OSF, figshare, and NCBI (including PubMed Central’s new data deposit options), and you’ll know how to use re3data.org to find disciplinary repositories. 

Register for this event here.


What Happens to Community Health When Data is Compromised? A Discussion Panel on the 2020 Census and Other Survey Data

Tuesday, 2/27, 12-1pm, Medical Historical Library 

Public health researchers and policy-makers rely on accurate, representative policy data to make informed decisions.  This panel of researchers, experts, and activists will discuss how proposed changes in the 2020 Census could discourage participation, jeopardizing access to comprehensive population data.  The panelists will explore the potential impacts to community health when essential data is lost or compromised.  


  • Mark Abraham, Executive Director of DataHaven
  • Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Data Engagement Specialist at Connecticut Data Collaborative
  • Kenya Flash, Pol. Sci., Global Affairs & Gov. Info. Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University
  • Miriam Olivares, GIS Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University
  • Jim Hadler, Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology, Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Moderated by Kyle Peyton, PhD Candidate in Political Science, ISPS Policy Fellow

This event is co-sponsored by The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University.  


Data Discussion: Touring the Cushing Center and the Cushing Tumor Registry

Thursday, 3/1, 11am-12pm

"The brains are so cool!" All our visitors say that - but have you heard the story of how this collection came to be, and how researchers are still using these samples today? For Endangered Data Week, we're offering this special tour exploring how Cushing Tumor Registry has survived a century, and still supports research today.

The Cushing Tumor Registry was endangered when researchers moved institutions, when key staffers retired or died, when funding streams dried up, and when environmental conditions threatened preservation. Could this happen to your project? Join Cushing Center Coordinator Terry Dagradi and Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan to discuss the continuing life of this extraordinary (and at one time, endangered) collection.

Register for this tour here.


Working with Census Data

Thursday, 3/1, 4-5pm

The Census Bureau offers rich, longitudinal, geocoded data on health and its social determinants.  This workshop will navigate Census.gov to find public-use data releases, technical documentation, and questionnaires for any Census Bureau survey.  Join Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan and Access Services/Clinical Librarian Alyssa Grimshaw to discuss key concepts for working with census data, including census geographies and the sampling implications of ACS 1-, 3-, and 5-year estimates.  You’ll try out American Fact Finder to work with tables and maps, and compare it to licensed mapping tools like SimplyMap, PolicyMap, or SocialExplorer.  When you leave the workshop, you’ll be able to leverage this rich public-use data, and you can make an informed decision about which mapping platform is right for you.

Register for this event here.


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Why Reproducibility in (Social) Science Matters (and How to Get it Right)

Thursday, 3/1, 10:30am-12pm

ISPS Policy Lab, 77 Prospect St.

Talk by Brian Earp (Yale University). This talk will give an overview of the relevant history and philosophy of science with respect to reproducibility, mostly using examples from psychology, and explaining why reproducibility is so important. 

Yale co-sponsors: ISPS, Yale Day of Data, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Graduate Writing Lab

Audience: Yale community


Making Research Transparent and Reproducible 

Bad news! This workshop has to be postponed. Email isps@yale.edu if you'd like to be notified when it's rescheduled.

Friday, 3/2, 10:30am-12pm

ISPS Policy Lab, 77 Prospect St.

Workshop with Florio Arguillas (Cornell University). The hands-on workshop is intended primarily for postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students in the social sciences. The workshop will focus on practices that help researchers conduct research efficiently and transparently, including how to create replication documentation for research involving statistical data that can help keep everything organized, enhance researchers’ ability to reconstruct the data processing and analysis they do, and be easily shared with others.

Yale co-sponsors: ISPS, StatLab, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale Center for Research Computing

Audience: Yale postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students in social sciences.


...And this event hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Yale University Library!


Linguistics Friday Lunch Talk

Friday, 3/2, 12-1:30pm

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

A panel of Linguistics faculty and graduate students will discuss a position paper on reproducible research in linguistics.  The panel will consider the role of reproducibility in increasing verification and accountability; associated implications for how linguistic data are managed, cited, and maintained for long-term access; and mechanisms for evaluating "data work" in academic hiring, tenure, and promotion processes.  

Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field  


Maria Piñango, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Psychology, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Jim Wood, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Rikker Dockum, Graduate Student, Linguistics

Moderated by Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics

Sponsors: Department of Linguistics, Yale University Library