digitalculturesnews Fwd: Data Rights & Data Wrongs workshop, Dec. 10 (Registration now open)

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Data Rights & Data Wrongs

A workshop organized by
Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS)

University of California, Davis

Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rights-data-wrongs-tickets-14079810091

Full Agenda: http://icis.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=329

Keynote talks:
Dr. Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair, iSchool, UCLA
John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks

Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, professional and personal ethics, and institutional directives to share their research data and make it available for reuse. There is, however, a great deal of heterogeneity across the research enterprise with respect to what is meant by ‘data’ and ‘data sharing,’ why data sharing is deemed important, and what data management strategies are considered most effective. Moreover, data are often difficult and costly to produce and share. Therefore, many scholars view these as a significant product of their intellectual labor for which they should receive some sort of credit towards tenure and promotion, authorial recognition through citation, or financial compensation. While balancing all of these considerations is desirable to promote increased access to data, it is difficult to guarantee that the concerns of all research stakeholders will be met given (1) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data given widespread access to new information technologies, (2) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite/not-always property, and (3) the ethical considerations and legal restrictions implicated in the sharing and reuse of data related to sensitive topics such as personal health information, national security, and vulnerable populations. This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate for their goals.

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