January 10: Heather Piwowar

The first Digital Scholarship meeting of the semester will be Monday January 10 from 5:15 til 6:30pm, on UNC’s campus in Manning 304. As always, the meeting will be roughly half and half, presentation and group discussion. Please join us!

This week’s featured guest is Heather Piwowar. A short summary of her topic and her bio follow.

Data Sharing, Reuse, and Policy:
Funders, journals, and institutions are adopting more specific policies for the management and dissemination of research data.  The landscape around these policies is complex:  what should the policies cover, how ambitious should they be, how should they be enforced, and who will pay?  Heather Piwowar, a postdoc with DataONE project and the Dryad data repository, will discuss patterns of data sharing and reuse, make a case for evidence-based data policy, and describe some of the opportunities and challenges therein. Questions and group discussion will follow.

Heather Piwowar is a postdoctoral research associate with DataONE and the Dryad data repository at NESCent.  Heather studies the patterns with which scientists share and reuse research datasets to inform efficient and effective use of data resources.  She has measured the citation benefit of publicly sharing research data, studied patterns in public deposition of datasets, and is currently investigating patterns of data reuse and the impact of journal data sharing policies. Heather has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer, and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh.  She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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