Engaging Researchers in Data Dialogues: Designing Collaborative Programming to Promote Research Data Sharing

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<jats:p>A range of regulatory pressures emanating from funding agencies and scholarly journals increasingly encourage researchers to engage in formal data sharing practices. As academic libraries continue to refine their role in supporting researchers in this data sharing space, one particular challenge has been finding new ways to meaningfully engage with campus researchers. Libraries help shape norms and encourage data sharing through education and training, and there has been significant growth in the services these institutions are able to provide and the ways in which library staff are able to collaborate and communicate with researchers. Evidence also suggests that within disciplines, normative pressures and expectations around professional conduct have a significant impact on data sharing behaviors (Kim and Adler 2015; Sigit Sayogo and Pardo 2013; Zenk-Moltgen et al. 2018). Duke University Libraries' Research Data Management program has recently centered part of its outreach strategy on leveraging peer networks and social modeling to encourage and normalize robust data sharing practices among campus researchers. The program has hosted two panel discussions on issues related to data management—specifically, data sharing and research reproducibility. This paper reflects on some lessons learned from these outreach efforts and outlines next steps.</jats:p>






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Downey, Moira, Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Patrick Charbonneau and Angela Zoss (n.d.). Engaging Researchers in Data Dialogues: Designing Collaborative Programming to Promote Research Data Sharing. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 10(2). 10.7191/jeslib.2021.1193 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/24997.

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Sophia Lafferty-Hess

Analyst, IT, Sr

Sophia works as a Research Data Management Consultant in Duke University Libraries Center for Data and Visualization Sciences. Sophia consults and teaches on core data management and sharing concepts and is part of the curation team that supports the Duke Research Data Repository. Sophia's research interests include data curation and publication in the scholarly landscape, open science, repository management, the role of journals in supporting data sharing, and the implementation of reproducible research practices.


Patrick Charbonneau

Professor of Chemistry

Professor Charbonneau studies soft matter. His work combines theory and simulation to understand the glass problem, protein crystallization, microphase formation, and colloidal assembly in external fields.


Angela Zoss

Senior Manager, IT

Since December 2021, Angela has served as the Interim Head and now Head of the Assessment and User Experience Strategy (AUXS) Department. She provides leadership and direction for the Duke University Libraries’ strategy and practice of Assessment and User Experience, including developing, maintaining, and integrating user-focused web content, data, and discovery platforms.

From 2018 to 2021, Angela worked as the Assessment and Data Visualization Analyst in AUXS, offering support for special data projects and providing leadership and project management for a variety of teams related to library reporting, gathering user data, and making improvements to library spaces and services.

From 2012 to 2018, Angela worked as the Data Visualization Coordinator for Data and Visualization Services (now the Center for Data and Visualization Sciences). In that role she created many library workshops and short courses on visualization; consulted with students, researchers, and faculty members on research projects; and helped to introduce visualization concepts and tools into a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

Ph.D. in Information Science, Indiana University (2018)
M.S. in Communication, Cornell University (2008)
B.A. in Cognitive Science and Communication & Culture, Indiana University (2003)

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