DLF eResearch Network

eRN logoOur 2017 cohort ended work in October. Please check back in early 2018 for information on the next round of the DLF eRN!

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

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.

2017 was the fourth 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.

This year’s webinars were scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month from May through October, from 1:30-3:00 PM ET. The webinars were structured around the following broad topics.

  • May 10: Building an eResearch Services Roadmap (environmental scans and defining RDM, digital scholarship, or other eResearch-related services)
  • June 14: Advocacy and Promotion (building advocates, partnerships internal/external, and promoting data literacy)
    Guest speakers: Stephanie Wright, Head, Mozilla Science and Danielle Robinson, Fellow, Mozilla Science
  • July 12: Data Management Planning and Funder Requirements
    Guest speaker: Ashley Sands, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • August 9: Collections as Data: Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, Data Visualization
    Guest speaker: Thomas Padilla, Humanities Data Curator, UC Santa Barbara
  • September 13 : Data Discovery/Metadata and Curation (reusability and preservation)
    Guest speaker: Natasha (Natalya) Noy, Staff Scientist, Google and Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Stanford University
  • October 11: Assessment (Metrics for success with Data Services and Digital Scholarship)
    Guest speaker: Ricky Punzalan, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College of Information Studies

eResearch Network participants were also invited to an entirely optional, informal and fun networking meet-up at the DLF Forum.

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 (new!)
  • 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

Cost of participation is $1,000 for for an institutional team of three active participants from DLF member institutions and $3,000 for teams from non-member institutions. DLF eRN program alumni are welcome to sit in for free refresher sessions in future years.

More questions? See our FAQ.


eRN Alumni Accomplishments

Montana State University LibraryMontana State University Library logo

  • 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.

2016-17 eResearch Network Faculty

Jason Clark, MLIS (lead)
@jaclark
Head of Library Informatics and Computing, Montana State University

Sara Mannheimer, MSIS
@saramannheimer
Data Management Librarian, Montana State University