Oct 25: "10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data" (IACS Seminar Series)

"10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data" (IACS Seminar Series)
Merce Crosas, Director of Data Science, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University

  • Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Maxwell Dworkin G115
  • Lunch with speaker, 12:30pm; Talk, 1pm.

Abstract: Increasingly, scientific publications and claims are based on ever-increasing volumes of data. Once the publication is complete, it is often difficult for others to locate the data and accompanying analyses, and once located, often challenging to make sense of them. For scientific results to continue being subject to verification and extension, we in the scientific community must ensure that good data management, with sufficient transparency and accessibility of data and analyses, become essential and ordinary elements of the research cycle. In this paper, we present 10 simple rules to help scientists towards this goal.

Bio: Mercè Crosas is the Director of Data Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Her team includes the Dataverse Network project, data acquisition and curation, the Murray Research Archive, statistical programming (Zelig and other R statistical packages), and the Consilience project on text analysis. She is currently collaborating with: 1) the Data Privacy Lab to address concerns about sharing sensitive data for research, 2)  PKP's Open Journal System to establish a permanent link between open access publications and their accompanying data, 3) the DataBridge project to develop sociometric tools for research data,  4) the Seamless Astronomy group to link astronomy data to literature, and is co-leading a global initiative to define the Declaration of Data Citation Principles.

Mercè Crosas joined IQSS in 2004 as software development lead of a data sharing project, which later became the Dataverse Network. Before joining IQSS, she worked in the educational software and biotech industries, leading software development teams. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, She earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University and a B.S. in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

Host: Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS)
Contact: Natasha Baker
Phone: 617-496-2623
Email: nrbaker@seas.harvard.edu