RDA/US Data Share Program

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20 Aug 2014

RDA/US Data Share Program

2016-2017 RDA/US Call for Fellows


RDA Data Share is an early career engagement program of RDA/US formed in 2015 through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  The program selects and awards fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA.  Its objective is to encourage adoption of best practices of data sharing established through RDA and enhance early career engagement with the alliance.

2015-2016 Fellows began their term on June 1, 2015, with the duration of the fellowship ranging between twelve and eighteen months.   A major component of their work includes collaborating with one of over 50 working groups and interest groups in RDA, with topics including big data, certification of digital repositories and agricultural data interoperability. They will also receive stipends and travel support to attend RDA’s bi-annual plenaries and an orientation event. 

The program is built upon a pilot scholars program funded by the National Science Foundation, which was led by Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing professor Beth Plale and Inna Kouper, assistant director of IU’s Data to Insight Center.

RDA/US 2015-2016 Fellows:

Morgan Daniels

Morgan Daniels, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University
Morgan is a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation at Vanderbilt University, where she develops services to help researchers manage and share their research data. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she studied the data management, reuse, and curation practices of several research communities. She holds a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

As a RDA/US fellow, Morgan will conduct an ethnographic study of data sharing in an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the physical and social sciences. The group faces challenges as they communicate across research traditions about the environmental and social data they share: this study investigates the barriers faced by the group and the methods they have developed to address them.

Bowen Deng, Research Scientist at Montana Tech University

Bowen Deng, Research Scientist at Montana Tech University
Bowen received his Ph.D. in material science from University of Florida, Florida Laboratory for Advanced Materials Engineering Simulation. He is currently a research scientist at Montana Tech, working on high performance computing applications. His main research project is on the innovations in materials processing and additive manufacturing using computational material science and data mining techniques.

As a RDA/US Fellow, Bowen will work on the project on Materials Science and Engineering Resource Registry. He will participate in accessing and summarizing the current available materials data repositories, developing the materials specific metadata for the resource registry, and implementing the federated materials data registry.

Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Information Science at Indiana University

Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Information Science at Indiana University
Devan Ray Donaldson is an Assistant Professor of Information Science at Indiana University. He researches within the domain of digital curation, examining digital repositories, preservation management, preservation metadata, users and issues of trust and trustworthiness in a digital preservation context. His work has been published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Archival Science, and Library Hi Tech.

He has presented his research at the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPres), the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST), and the USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance (TaPP). He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2005, he studied abroad at Oxford University, Hertford College. He has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar since 2002, a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow since 2008 and an Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member since 2012.

Corey Jackson, PhD student at Syracuse University

Corey Jackson, PhD Student at Syracuse University
Corey Jackson is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He holds a BA in Political Science and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Corey’s research concerns the impact of social computing systems in organizations and society. Corey is currently working on his dissertation proposal studying how data from crowdsourcing is integrated with existing data and workflows of professional scientists.

As a RDA/US fellow, he will focus on gathering data about the current state of policies related to data sharing, privacy, and ethics in online citizen science projects. He will conduct a content analysis of public documents on project websites with the goal of identifying current notification with respect to data and privacy. At the end of the fellowship, he hopes to develop a protocol which future citizen science projects can use to properly inform volunteers about data ownership, privacy, ethics, and their role in the scientific process.

Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a BS in Geology, a BA in Humanities, and a MLIS from Florida State University. Before starting her PhD program, Sarah worked as a geologist at the Florida Geological Survey. Currently working on her dissertation, Sarah is researching information seeking behavior related to physical sample materials and other data.

As a RDA/US fellow, Sarah will be working with the Preservation e-Infrastructure and the Data in Context Interest Groups. She will investigate what other groups are working on “content standard[s] of all the materials that needs to be preserved along with the data in order to make the data re-usable”. The project has two goals: documenting which groups and disciplines are working in this area, and disseminating that information to the community. If time permits, Sarah would like to expand this to include identifying community needs related to best practices in provenance. Both for RDA as a whole and for specific communities within RDA.

Cheryl Thompson, PhD Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Cheryl Thompson, PhD Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cheryl A. Thompson is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship. Her research focuses on how organizations develop data expertise and services to support eScience. Through a case study approach, her dissertation investigates how exemplar geoscience data center and academic library have built data expertise and staff roles into their data service models. She holds a MSIS and BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Matthew Turner, Research Software Developer at University of Idaho

Matthew Turner is a research software developer at the University of Idaho. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Syracuse University and a MS in Applied Physics from Rice University. Currently, he works on projects to develop web-based data and science sharing tools, focusing on the issues of data interoperability and metadata.

As a RDA/US fellow, Matthew works with the Metadata Interest Group on a project that seeks to enable discovery of interdisciplinary data. Specifically, he will explore linking Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata records with metadata records in DataONE repository as a test case.

Nicholas Weber, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Washington Nicholas Weber, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Washingtonhttp://us.rd-alliance.org/student-and-early-career-programs
Nic Weber is a Postdoc in the Data Lab at the University of Washington's iSchool. He conducts research on the sustainability of data, software, and computational infrastructures aspublic goods. His work focuses on how science policy - at both a national and international level - impact the adoption of open science practices. His most recent work has drawn on the idea of the commons, and self-organizing governance systems in studying the sustainability of Climate and Atmospheric Science data archives. Nic has been a research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and a member of the Board for Data Stewardship at the American Meteorological Society. He is also an early career fellow with the Earth Science Informatics Partners (ESIP), and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Open Humanities Data (humanitiesdata.metajnl.com).

For more information on the RDA Data Share Fellowship, visit http://us.rd-alliance.org/student-and-early-career-programs