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Data librarianship - Preparing librarians for their future tasks

Data librarianship - Preparing librarians for their future tasks

Keynote talk given at the "International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries",23rd July – 25th July 2019. Aberystwyth, Wales.

Konrad Förstner

July 25, 2019
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  1. Data librarianship

    Preparing librarians for their future tasks
    Prof. Dr. Konrad U. Förstner
    ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, Cologne, Germany &
    TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
    25th July, 2019, LibPMC, Aberystwyth, Wales
    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3351357

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  2. • I am here to bring a new perspective not old wisdom
    • I am a scientist and not a librarian
    • My very opinionated views / wishes
    • Mostly focussing on research libraries
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113823307/ – CC-BY by flickr user redjar

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  3. • I am here to bring a new perspective not old wisdom
    • I am a scientist and not a librarian
    • My very opinionated views / wishes
    • Mostly focussing on research libraries
    And, yes, I might be wrong! Let’s have a discussion.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113823307/ – CC-BY by flickr user redjar

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  4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/konradfoerstner/8993843172/ – CC-BY by flickr user konradfoerstner

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  5. The good news:
    Open Access is on its way to become the
    default publishing mode.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 – CC-BY by flickr user subcircle

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  6. https://www.coalition-s.org/

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  7. Even more good news:
    Basically all scientific publications are already now as full-text
    online availble and easy to get at a single location.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 – CC-BY by flickr user subcircle

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  8. https://sci-hub.tw

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  9. Even more good news:
    We have excellent discovery services for scientific articles ...
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 – CC-BY by flickr user subcircle

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  10. https://scholar.google.com

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  11. Even more good news:
    We have excellent discovery services for books ...
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 – CC-BY by flickr user subcircle

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  12. https://books.google.com/

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  13. Still not done - even more good news:
    We have excellent discovery services for datasets!
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 – CC-BY by flickr user subcircle

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  14. https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch

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  15. Congratulations!
    An illegal (IMO: not immoral!) website is has a better UX than libraries ...
    and libraries are competing against a billion dollar tech giant that
    has the best software engineers in the word.
    (+ real universal Open Access is on its ways (that is really good))
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/72153088@N08/6510934443 – CC-BY by flickr user asenat29

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  16. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CrowleyRussellLeeIceman.jpg

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  17. Dear librarians,
    don’t take the existence of libraries for granted.
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CrowleyRussellLeeIceman.jpg

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  18. The mission remains the same:
    Research libraries must preserve research output
    and provide access to it.
    https://secure.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/3137422976/ – CC-BY by flickr user nostri-imago

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  19. Libraries should become major publishers (again)
    and the drivers of open access.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/yorkjason/3265889476/ – CC-BY by flickr user yorkjason

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  20. Help scientific communites to flip their journals to open access or start
    new open access journals following the the Fair Open Access Principles.*
    * https://www.fairopenaccess.org
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/yorkjason/3265889476/ – CC-BY by flickr user yorkjason

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  21. illustration Ainsley Seago; https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779

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  22. Idea
    Study
    design
    Financing
    Data
    acquisition
    Data
    analysis
    Manuscript
    Peer review
    Publication

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  23. Idea
    Study
    design
    Financing
    Data
    acquisition
    Data
    analysis
    Manuscript
    Peer review
    Publication
    Open Access
    Open Education Resources
    Open Peer
    Review
    Pre-prints
    Open Source
    Open Data
    Open Lab Notebooks
    Citizien Science
    Open Grants
    Social Media
    Collaborative
    writing
    Open Licenses

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  24. Not trivial!
    Numerous different file formats, licences, privacy issues, legal
    requirements, provenance and interaction between different items ...
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/heydrienne/22078028/ – CC-BY by flick user heydrienne

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  25. Not trivial!
    Numerous different file formats, licences, privacy issues, legal
    requirements, provenance and interaction between different items ...
    Librarians can become consultant for all these topics.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/heydrienne/22078028/ – CC-BY by flick user heydrienne

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  26. Currently my favorite example ...

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  27. Science ⇄ Technology

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  28. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bertini_fresco_of_Galileo_Galilei_and_Doge_of_Venice.jpg - PD

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  29. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leeuwenhoek_simple_microscope_(copy),_Leyden,_1901-1930_Wellcome_L0057739.jpg - CC-By by Wiki Commons User Fæ

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  30. https://unsplash.com/@toddquackenbush?photo=IClZBVw5W5A - PD

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  31. Software
    - an ubiquitous research tool
    https://unsplash.com/@toddquackenbush?photo=IClZBVw5W5A - PD

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  32. https://www.flickr.com/photos/80030261@N06/9955408263 - CC-BY nationaleyeinstitute

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  33. https://www.flickr.com/photos/80030261@N06/9955408263 - CC-By by Wiki Commons User EduVolunteer

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  34. It is unquestionable that there is a
    strong and growing dependency of
    research on software.
    https://unsplash.com/@toddquackenbush?photo=IClZBVw5W5A - PD

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  35. Software is also a result of
    scientific work.
    Quality, accessibility, citability, etc.
    have to be ensured.
    https://unsplash.com/@toddquackenbush?photo=IClZBVw5W5A - PD

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  36. The importance of software for research
    is widely ignored.
    https://unsplash.com/@toddquackenbush?photo=IClZBVw5W5A - PD

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  37. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1172988

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  38. Ultimate access creates new problems:
    Increased effort to find and process information.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/3921008904/ – CC-BY by flick user wheatfields

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  39. Train skills to find research items beyond articles efficiently.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/3921008904/ – CC-BY by flick user wheatfields

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  40. And yes - compete with Google and build better, open discovery services.
    Together we can be strong.
    See Peter Kraker’s #DontLeaveItToGoogle initiative.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/3921008904/ – CC-BY by flick user wheatfields

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  41. Libraries must train the skills and build tools to find, connect and
    integrate, literature, information and data to create new knowledge.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/capcase/4970062156/ – CC-BY by flickr user capcase

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  42. Think big, think global!
    Work on the knowledge commons.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17.jpg

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  43. https://wikimediafoundation.org/about/vision/

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  44. This should be the vision of every library!
    https://wikimediafoundation.org/about/vision/

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  45. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref

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  46. https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Main_Page

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  47. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite

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  48. https://libraryperformance.org/

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  49. Question for you: How do we measure all that?
    https://libraryperformance.org/

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  50. We are facing a huge skill gap.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/konradfoerstner/29662963497 – CC-BY by flickr user konradfoerstner

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  51. Burton, Matt and Lyon, Liz and Erdmann, Chris and Tijerina, Bonnie (2018)

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  52. https://librarycarpentry.org/

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  53. https://librarycarpentry.org/

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  54. https://librarycarpentry.org/

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  55. https://librarycarpentry.org/

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  56. New Bachelor at TH Köln: Data and Information Science
    copyright - TH Köln, IWS / Philipp Schaer

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  57. Currently under contruction at the ZBIW of the TH Köln:
    Certificate course Data Librarian
    https://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=2381033 – The Library of Congress

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  58. Formal education is helpful but only one part of the solution.
    Be brave, connect, learn continously, practice, play with technology.
    https://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=2381033 – The Library of Congress

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  59. https://hackyhour.github.io/Cologne/

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  60. What are your questions?
    konrad.foerstner.org / @konradfoerstner
    zbmed.de / @ZB_MED
    th-koeln.de / @th_koeln
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nateone/3768979925/ – CC-BY by flick user nateone

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