Emily Bongiovanni: an independent study to observe and understand the structure of research data services

19 June 2018

Emily Bongiovanni, a graduate student in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Denver (US), has developed an independent study to understand the structure of research data services. She visited three institutions to achieve this and took the initiative to contact DANS, among other institutions in the United Kingdom, to reach her goals.

The purpose of the independent study was to learn how data services are structured at the institutions that were observed, what types of data services are offered, the challenges they face and about ongoing or planned projects.

Emily: “I met with a lot of fantastic people and learned a tremendous amount during my week at DANS. My visit to DANS was a great opportunity for me to not only learn about the internal projects, but also to learn about many outside projects that people at DANS are involved with, such as Parthenos, OpenAIRE, and the EDISON project. Because of DANS’ involvement with so many external projects, I felt that by visiting DANS I was able to get a strong grasp on research data environment in Europe.”

In the United States there is no such thing as a national evaluation protocol for promotion in academia, as there is in the Netherlands, and these evaluation standards are different at every institutions, and even across departments within institutions. She will include the research data from her visit as research output and believes that this type of national standard for evaluation could help push open access publications and open data in the United States tremendously. 

Emily: “I want to thank you all for welcoming me to DANS and taking the time to meet with me. I really enjoyed getting to know you all. I am looking forward to following the projects at DANS and other projects I learned about, and to see how the changes in response to Horizon 2020 and the GDPR pan out.”  

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