DLF eResearch Network

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About eRN:

The DLF eResearch Network brings together professionals from research-supporting libraries to strengthen and advance their data services and digital scholarship roles within their organizations.

New in 2020

eRN has merged with our Digital Scholarship working group to form the DLF Data and Digital Scholarship Working Group! Join their Google Group to stay informed on group activities.

The core of the network is a working curriculum that guides participants through 6 monthly webinars that address current topics and strategic methods for supporting and facilitating data services and digital scholarship locally. The webinars are designed around registrant needs and feature guest speakers, activities, and small-group discussions. Monthly assignments provide structure for each team to build skills and programs at their institution. The eResearch Network (eRN) culminates in an individualized consultation during which the participating teams produce strategic agendas and working items for data services and digital scholarship support at their institutions.

2018 was the fifth year of the DLF eRN, which is itself a spin-off of an earlier ARL/DLF/Duraspace E-Science Institute. Past cohorts are listed in the sidebar.

Have questions for faculty or staff? Check the FAQ, or email bquon[at]clir.org.

Program Details

Facilitating the Experience

  • Lectures, guest presentations, and small group discussions
  • Practical assignments based on monthly webinar topics
  • Slack channel and email list for between-session discussion and peer/alumni connections
  • Regular, facilitated Slack chats for eResearch Network participants and alumni
  • Shared documents at our OSF instance
  • In-person networking meetings at the DLF Forum (optional)

Overall Goals for the Network

The goal of the DLF eResearch Network is to advance research libraries’ capacity to support data management and digital scholarship by:

  • Promoting program development among DLF members
  • Enabling development of a community of professionals engaged in data services and digital scholarship support
  • Fostering collaboration between participant institutions (past and present) and DLF members at large

Outcomes for Participating Institutions

  • Build skills that will enhance local data services and digital scholarship support
  • Develop a local strategic agenda for data services and digital scholarship support that is action-oriented and based in practice.
  • Work on a consultation project that enables a deep dive into a local initiative or pressing question related to data services or digital scholarship.
  • Connect with a community of practice engaged in program planning and deployment of data services and digital scholarship.

Tuition + Enrollment

Past versions of the eResearch Network were tuition-based. The model is changing in 2019! Check back soon for more details. 

eRN Alumni Accomplishments

Montana State University Library

  • Updated IR to accommodate data (DSpace 4)
  • Partnership with ScholComm librarian
  • Joint liaisonship to VP of Research
  • Open Access Week
  • Faculty meeting visits
  • Two presentations for grad students and for grant-writers
  • Campus data survey
  • Data management webpage

Being a part of the DLF eResearch Network:

…has been a catalyst for new ideas. We especially liked hearing about strategies that have worked for other institutions.

University of Manitoba LibrariesUniversity of Manitoba

  • Involved in the pilot of a secure file-sharing system (infrastructure)
  • Participated in the launch of a data management consultation group (infrastructure, policy)
  • Piloted the NECDMC curriculum (education/staff training)

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  • Completed survey of electronic data management practices
  • Began analysis of Northwestern’s NSF data management plans
  • Participated in a project to build a data sharing platform for researchers involved in childhood development and health outcomes
  • Presented at university research meetings, student orientations and begun planning workshops on data management practices
  • Engaged the Office for Research and Core Facilities in discussions about drafting data use policies
  • Working to develop more workshops, online training modules and resources

Resources presented by group members in previous discussions will prove immensely helpful in our development of our own training materials.

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  • Solidified membership of Research Data Working Group (RDM)
  • Redefined the scope of RDM: now have a formal channel and defined tasks to achieve broader goals

The eResearch Network:

  • Has helped continue those conversations outside the current topics of internal focus
  • Provided insight into activities, services and infrastructure at other institutions
  • Helps generate ideas, guide our approach, and learn from feedback of other institutional approaches

networked member institutions and a robust community of practice—advancing research, learning, social justice, & the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies

Further Information

Follow us on Twitter with the #eResearchNetwork hashtag.

Questions? Visit the FAQ or contact us for more information.

2018 eResearch Network Faculty

Jason Clark, MLIS
Head of Library Informatics and Computing, Montana State University

Sara Mannheimer, MSIS
Data Management Librarian, Montana State University

eResearch Network Members

2018 cohort
Baylor University
Boston College
California State University Channel Islands
Colgate University
Iowa State University
Michigan State University
The Ohio State University
Rowan University
Smithsonian Institution
University of California, Riverside
University of Idaho
University of Miami
University of Notre Dame
University of South Carolina Libraries
Wake Forest University
West Virginia University

2017 cohort
Ball State University
Binghamton University
Bryn Mawr College
Case Western Reserve University
DePaul University
James Madison University
Reed College
Tufts University
University of British Columbia, Okanagan
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Manitoba
University of Southern California
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming

2016 cohort
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
The Claremont Colleges
Drexel University
Iowa State University
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Macalester College
Middlebury College
New York University
National Institutes of Health
Rice University
University at Albany, SUNY
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Guelph
University of Iowa
University of Ottawa
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington

2015 cohort
California Institute of Technology
Temple University
University of Florida
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Richmond

2014 cohort
Colgate University
Montana State University
Northwestern University
University of Arizona
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Manitoba
University of Rochester
University of Toronto