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Tuomas J. Alaterä is Information Network Specialist at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive since 2000 and currently Vice-President of IASSIST. His current hobbies (also known as work) are to do with national research infrastructures and digital long-term preservation planning. Other daily routines at the office include editing and maintaining a number of archive’s websites.

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Dr Lorna Balkan has worked at the UK Data Archive for over a decade, most recently on the development of the ELSST multilingual thesaurus. She has a background in translation and computational linguistics and her current interests include the design and evaluation of linguistic resources, particularly multilingual resources, automatic indexing and linked data.

Amy J. Barton is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Metadata Specialist, Data & Metadata Group, Purdue University Libraries. She provide metadata education, consultation, research, and implementation services. Amy is a member of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) team where she designed a metadata schema specifically for the data repository inclusive of preservation metadata for long term data preservation. She oversees the development and mapping of metadata for the Libraries’ Digital Program’s e-Archives digital collections. She is also a member of the DataCite Metadata Working Group, ORCID-ODIN metadata harmonization sub-group, and a Member of MetaArchive Metadata Working Group

Allan Bell joined the University of British Columbia Library in 2011 as the Director of Digital Initiatives. Allan’s portfolio in the Library includes UBC’s institutional repository, cIRcle, the Scholarly Communications & Copyright office and the Digitization Centre. During his tenure at UBC Allan has established a University Copyright and Permissions office as well as created a state-of-the-art digitization centre that will allow for sustainable and long-term preservation of UBC’s collections and research. Prior to joining UBC Allan served as the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services at the University of Waterloo.

William Block serves as director of the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), a position he has held since 2008. CISER provides a high capacity shared computing system to Cornell social scientists and medical researchers and their colleagues worldwide; an innovative restricted data service with support for multiple modes of secure access; and a data archive that is more than 30 years old. Prior to Cornell, Block worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of capacities on the many data infrastructure projects of the Minnesota Population Center, including IPUMS-USA, NHGIS, and IHIS.

Flavio Bonifacio has been is working on the exploitation of survey data and data analysis since 1976. As the director of Metis Ricerche in Turin, since 1986 he has promoted the documentation and reuse of data between public and private organizations. Now he is in charge of the DABI (Data Analysis for Business Intelligence) Master Course at the University of Turin.

Susan Borda is the project manager for the second iteration of DataUp and was recently named the shared services project manager for the Office of Research and Economic Development at UC Merced, where she will be responsible for managing ORED projects and working with researchers to manage their data. Previously she was the digital curation librarian at UC Merced and responsible for research data management. Her background is in IT Infrastructure and Desktop Support. She has an MSLIS from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Purdue University.

Sami Borg has worked as director of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive since 1999 when FSD was established as a separate unit of the University of Tampere. Borg was Vice President of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives from 2007 to 2013, and has been President of the International Federation of Data Organisations since 2009. He has represented Finland in several OECD working groups targeted to promote open access to research data. Borg is a political scientist with special expertise on survey research, electoral behaviour and political participation. He has worked as principal investigator in several Finnish national election studies.

Patrick Brindle is Publisher for Online Content at SAGE, where he has particular responsibility for SAGE Research Methods (SRM). Patrick joined online publishing from a more traditional books background where Patrick was Publisher for Social Science Books, and, prior to that, research methods commissioning editor. In a previous life Patrick has been a teacher and a researcher at university, and has a PhD from Cambridge University and BA in History from Sussex University.

Toby Burrows is the manager of the e-Research Support Unit in the Information Services division of the University of Western Australia. His main area of expertise is data management in the humanities and social sciences. He has been involved in a number of Australian national initiatives in this area, including the Australian Data Archive and the HuNI Virtual Laboratory. HuNI – the Humanities Networked Infrastructure – is the subject of his presentation in IASSIST 2014.

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Sandra “San” Cannon is Deputy Chief Data Officer at the Federal Reserve Board. Her office is responsible for the Board’s data governance program and she enterprise information management services including data and metadata management, strategic metadata and taxonomy development, and data movement, integration, and dissemination. San is active in the international data community, especially the academic and central banking spheres, and works closely with US statistical and regulatory agencies on data and metadata issues. She has presented and published on topics that include metadata standards, copyright and licensing issues, and data dissemination challenges. San holds a BS in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Jake Carlson is an Associate Professor of Library Science and a Data Services Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries. In this role, he explores the application of the theories, principles, and practices of library science beyond the domain of traditional library work. In particular, Carlson seeks to increase the Purdue Libraries capabilities and opportunities to provide services supporting data-related research. Much of his work is done through direct collaborations and partnerships with research faculty. Carlson is one of the architects of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit (http://datacurationprofiles.org) developed by Purdue and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the PI of the Data Information Literacy project (http://datainfolit.org) with Cornell University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon.

Dr Jackie Carter is Communications & Impact Director for UK Data Service and has extensive experience as an expert in the provision and use of socio-economic data in learning and teaching, undertaking a one year Teaching Fellowship on statistical literacy in 2011-12. Jackie is also based for 50% of her time in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester where she co-directs the Manchester Q-Step Centre. Jackie is passionate about real world data and skills and is currently developing an innovative work placement scheme for undergraduate students to engage with organisations on quantitative research projects. She is also a former director of Jorum, the national Open Educational Resources service, which holds collections of materials including for Information Literacy. She previously taught high school maths, and undertook a PhD as a mature student in geostatistics. From Autumn 2014 Jackie will become Director for Engagement with Research Methods Training at the University of Manchester.

Margherita Ceraolo is an Outreach Officer for the UK Data Service. She work closely with the communications and impact team, and provides user support and training. She creates online training tools and writes text for new webpages. Moreover, she involved in the production of case studies for the website. The role is varied and also includes event management, and conducting research on how to raise awareness of the UK Data Service.

Chiu-chuang (Lu) Chou is a Senior Special Librarian in the Data and Information Services Center (DISC) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is also the Data Librarian at the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), one of the thirteen P30 demography centers on aging funded by the National Institute on Aging. She helps users identify and locate datasets for their research. She maintains DISC and CDHA websites as well as several study sites like, NSFH, SABE and WAIS. She is responsible for managing DISC holdings and its catalog of social science data resources websites. In addition, she provides direct user support for Better Access to Data for Global Interdisciplinary Research (BADGIR), an online data archive powered by the Nesstar suite. She is one of the IASSIST volunteers who populate IASSIST Conference Archive. She facilitates the Conference Proposal Management System (CPMS) a.k.a. the conference proposal submission form. She enjoys reading, knitting, paining, gardening, bicycling, and traveling in her leisure time.

Heather Coates joined IUPUI University Library in 2011 as the Data Management and Digital Scholarship Librarian. Her roles include providing research data services for the campus and serving as subject liaison to the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Her interests include research data management, data curation, library service assessment and evaluation, and evidence-based library and information practice.

Jonathan Crabtree is Assistant Director of Computing and Archival Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill. The institute’s social science data archive is one of the oldest and most extensive in the country. As assistant director, Crabtree completely revamped the institute’s technology infrastructure and has positioned the institute to assume a leading national role in information archiving. His current efforts include working on the NSF Funded DataBridge project building tools to utilize social networking technologies to describe data as well as the NSF Datanet Federation Consortium project building national preservation infrastructure. Crabtree’s experience in information technology and networking as well as his engineering background bring a different perspective to his current role. Crabtree joined the institute twenty years ago and is responsible for designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the institute’s wide array of services. Before moving to the social science side of campus he was an information systems technologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His grounding in medical information technology adds to his education and training in electrical engineering, library and information science, digital preservation, computer science, economics, geographic information systems, hydrology and geomorphology.

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D., is the Director of Data Science (http://datascience.iq.harvard.edu/) at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Her group includes the Dataverse project, data acquisition and curation, the Murray Research Archive, statistical programming (Zelig and related R statistical packages), the Consilience project on text analysis, and DataTags for sharing sensitive data. She is affiliated with the Seamless Astronomy group, and currently collaborating with a Sloan funded project to persistently link journals to data, and NSF funded projects to develop data privacy tools and data sociometric tools, and visualize geospatial data by connecting Dataverse and WorldMap. Before joining IQSS, Crosas led software development teams in the educational software and biotech industries. Prior to that, she was at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, first completing work for her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University, and later as a researcher and software engineer. Crosas also earned a B.S. in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

Trisha Cruse is the founding director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and is responsible for all services within UC3. She works collaboratively with the ten UC campuses to develop sustainable strategies for the curation and preservation of digital content that supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University of California. Trisha has developed and oversees several of UC3’s major initiatives. With a strong focus on supporting data sharing Trisha has worked to develop a range of services that provide a foundation for researchers to create, manage, share, get credit for, and preserve their scholarly output. The services include the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), the EZID Service, the Merritt Curation Repository, the DataUp Project (open source add-in for Excel) and the Web Archiving Service. Trisha has put an emphasis on developing business models that will sustain and grow the services offered by UC3. Trisha lends her expertise to several international endeavors and is a member of the DataCite Governing Board, the PASIG Steering Committee, the NSF-funded DataONE leadership team and co-chairs the DataONE Sustainability and Governance Working Group.

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Jeremy Darrington is the Politics Librarian at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. He has a BA in international studies from Brigham Young University and an MLIS from the University of Washington. He also has an MA and is ABD in political science from UC Berkeley. Jeremy is the vice-chair/chair-elect of the Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the incoming convener for ACRL’s Numeric and Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group. He’s also the Political Science Editor for Resources for College Libraries, an online database of core print and electronic resources for academic libraries. His interests include European politics, technology in libraries, government information and transparency, open civic data, and digital privacy. Jeremy is happily married and the proud father of four children.

Dylanne Dearborn holds a split position at the University of Toronto. As the Research Data Librarian representing the areas of Science and Engineering, she works closely with an interdisciplinary team to conceptualize and develop research data management services. She also manages the Physics Library and works closely with faculty on a variety of research and preservation projects.

Andrew DeCarlo is a software developer at Metadata Technology North America. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has three years of experience working with statistical standards and computer programming.

Tanvi Desai has been a data professional for 15 years, and has advised UK and international government departments and statistical offices on secure data access. She was previously Data Manager at the London School of Economics Research Laboratory for 13 years, where she advised staff on all areas of data use and acquisition. Tanvi is now the Co-Director in charge of Data and User Services for the Administrative Data Service, the coordinating body of the Administrative Data Research Network a major UK government investment aimed at developing the infrastructure and processes to enable secure access to linked administrative data for researchers. The Administrative Data Service is based at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex.

Edwin De Vet has work with CentERdata, Tilburg, The Netherlands since October 2008. He studied Chemistry at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and has a doctoral degree in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology. After a career in scientific research he is now engaged in developing and maintaining web applications, mainly using PHP/MySQL. He supports the online survey research and data dissemination of the collected data.

Darrell Donakowski is the Director of Studies for the American National Election Studies (ANES), a position he has held since 2007. For over 65 years, ANES has produced publicly available high quality data from its surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. The proper archiving and dissemination of data from previous studies are key among his roles. He also plays a role in questionnaire development for current and upcoming studies. Prior to joining ANES, Darrell worked for over 10 years in a variety of capacities at ICPSR, including project manager for the Data-PASS collaboration.

James Doiron, MA, is the Manager of the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) located at the University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With an educational background in the Social Sciences (Psychology, BA (Hon); Criminology, MA), James has over 12 years of experimental research experience, primarily with large multi-disciplinary and geographically dispersed research teams, and across a wide range of social and health related sciences. In his current role overseeing the HRDR and its secure virtual research environment (VRE), James provides essential research support to a wide range of health related research projects dealing with sensitive information, including personal and health information. The HRDR offers support to researchers and their teams in order to facilitate both immediate and long-term project goals, as well as to support the archival and potential repurposing of their data.

Elise Dunham holds an MLIS from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Elise is the Metadata Production Specialist at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, where she is involved in the continued growth of the iPOLL Databank and the development and implementation of new metadata and preservation workflow processes.

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Colin Elman is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School, and Director of the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry. He is a co-founder of both the International History and Politics and the Qualitative and Multi-method Research organized sections of the American Political Science Association, and a co-founder and Executive Director of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods. He co-directs (with Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University) the Qualitative Data Repository, and (with John Gerring, Boston University) the Methods Coordination Project, and co-chairs (with Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan) the APSA Data Access and Research Transparency Committee. He is currently engaged on a book project on Regional Hegemony: The United States and Offensive Realism, which investigates America’s rise to dominance in the Western Hemisphere. Elman is (with Miriam Fendius Elman) the co-editor of Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field; and Bridges and Boundaries: Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations (MIT Press); (with John Vasquez) of Realism and the Balancing of Power: A New Debate (Prentice Hall), and (with Michael Jensen) of the Realism Reader (Routledge). Elman has published articles in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, the International History Review, and Security Studies.

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Johan Fihn is a systems developer at the Swedish National Data Service. He is a member of the DDI Alliance Technical Committee as well as chair of the DDI Developers Group.

Anne Sofie Fink has been working in the Danish Data Archive (DDA) since 2000 both as a data archivist and as a researcher. Social science methods both quantitative and qualitative methods has been her primary research field. In May 2014 Anne Sofie left a position as senior researcher to become manager for the DDA (the unit for research data dissemination and communication). She is presenting on behalf of Amalie Søgaard Nielsen.

Bronia Flett is Associate Editor for Online Content at SAGE Publications in London. She joined SAGE in July of 2013 and has been working primarily on two new online products: SAGE Research Methods Cases and SAGE Business Cases. Prior to this Bronia worked in books cataloguing and classification. She also has experience working in academic research. Bronia has a PhD in Political Studies, a Masters in Political Research and an MA in Politics and International Relations, all from the University of Aberdeen.

Tanja Friedrich studied German philology and political science (master’s degree). She has since worked as a researcher in various projects involving digitisation, virtual research environments, and scientific communication. She also has a background in public relations and a degree in Librarianship. At GESIS Tanja is primarily engaged in questions of data reference, data indexing, and data retrieval. In particular she is working on the establishment of a data reference system for the social sciences in the context of da|ra, the registration agency for social and economic data. Tanja’s research interests include information behaviour studies and data indexing.

Jane Fry has been the Data Specialist at Carleton University for 14 years. She has her MA in Sociology and just finished her MLIS. Having been a co-developer of ODESI, the data portal in Ontario, has allowed Jane to become involved with DDI. She has a small team of students who regularly mark-up data that are deposited with ODESI. Recently, she has become involved with Research Data Management. Jane considers herself to be a data detective — both in helping people find the data they want and then in helping them to use it.

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Alex Garnett works on Data Curation and Digital Preservation at Simon Fraser University. He likes normalizing file formats and playing with his dog, ideally at the same time. He has never met Lyndon Johnson.

Claude Gierl is a Research-Data Manager at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (London, UK). She has a wide and varied background in software engineering in a research context. Currently, she is developing CADDIES, a ddi3.2 metadata capture tool for questionnaires, in Ruby on Rails.

Dan Gillman works in the Office of Survey Methods Research at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. His research interests include metadata, standards, terminology, and classification. Dan has spoken at IASSIST many times in the past and is involved in the further development and modernization efforts for the DDI. Currently, he is leading an effort at BLS to build an agency-wide system of terms and concepts covering all programs. This work is the subject of his talk today.

Carla Graebner is a passionate advocate for access to information and protection of privacy. And alliteration. She’s a Liaison Librarian at Simon Fraser University and is currently project managing the SFU Research Data Repository Pilot and working to ensure ongoing access to government information.

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Geoff Harder is acting Associate University Librarian for Information Resources and Digital Initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries. His responsibilities include digital preservation, research data stewardship, digitization, repository services, collections, acquisitions and licensing.

Justin Hayes — Prior life as a youthworker. A background in Geography and GIS with an MSc. in GIS from the University of Leicester (1997). Work at The University of Manchester since 1997 with a particular interest in the management and dissemination of UK census data since 2000. Currently working for the UK Data Service funded by the ESRC developing new ways of modelling, integrating and disseminating census and other data to improve their utility and usability in collaboration with the UK National Statistical Institutes.

Marcel Hebing — With a background in Social Sciences and Statistics, Marcel works as a Data Scientist at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Currently, he is developing the metadata portal DDI on Rails (www.ddionrails.org) and the R package r2ddi. Both will build the foundation for the next generation of SOEPinfo — the documentation system of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). He believes in open source and prefers to work with R and Ruby on Rails.

Jörg Heining studied economics at the University of Regensburg from 1997 to 2002 before working there as a researcher. He completed his doctorate in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008 he was in charge of the department “Taxes and Finances” at the Statistical Office of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Dr Heining has been a researcher at the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency in IAB since 2009.

Janet Heslop received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master’s degree from Keuka College. She has worked at Cornell University for nearly 30 years, with 25 years being at CISER. As IT Director at CISER, she leads the operations and security of CISER’s complex IT environment. In addition, she is central to the development of internal policies, procedures and processes related to security requirements of restricted data held within CRADC’s purview.

Laurence Horton is Data Librarian at LSE, with a focus on Research Data Management (RDM) support. Until March 2014, I worked in the data archive at the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in setting up The Archive and Data Management Training Centre for Research Data Management and Digital Preservation. Before that I was at the UK Data Archive employed on a JISC funded data management project supporting large ESRC funded research centres, as well as in the data ingest team getting data from researchers and in to the archive collection.

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Sanda Ionescu has been with ICPSR since 1999, working to implement and support the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) — an XML-based specification for social science data documentation. She manages DDI-related projects and serves as the ICPSR representative in the Expert Committee of the DDI Alliance. At ICPSR she is also part of a team that provides user support for data and documentation issues. Within the DDI Alliance she participates in the efforts to develop and promote the DDI standard, and leads the Controlled Vocabularies working group that produces classifications for study- and variable-level metadata.

Matthew Israelson is the Data Development Manager at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He is responsible for identifying and obtaining access to health-related data for the IHME’s global research initiatives. Prior to joining IHME, Matthew worked as a project manager in government and corporate offices where he collected and analyzed large datasets. He hold a degree in History and Political Science as well as an MA in Diplomacy.

Jeremy Iverson is a co-founder and partner at Colectica, working on software to document statistical data using open standards like DDI. He is also an invited expert on the DDI Technical Committee. Before joining Colectica Jeremy was responsible for data processing and documentation at the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Maria A. Jankowska is a Social Sciences Librarian at the Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California at Los Angeles. She provides consultation and instruction on economic data, policy, government resources, US Census, maps, and spatial data. She hold a Ph.D. in economics from Poznan University of Economics, Poland and MLIS degree from the University of California in Berkeley.

Justin Joque — "As a Visualization Librarian, I primarily assist users in finding, manipulating, analyzing and visualizaing diverse types of data. I provide consultations on data visualization and other data related issues. I also teach workshops on visualization techniques, literacy and tools. I receieved my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in History and also completed my Master’s of Science of Information at the University of Michigan – School of Information with a focus on Information Analysis and Retrieval. I’m currently working on my PhD in Communications at the European Graduate School."

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Diana Kapiszewski is assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. She received her PhD in political science from UC Berkeley in 2007. Her research interests include public law, comparative politics, and research methods. Her first book, High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which received the APSA Law and Courts Section’s C. Herman Pritchett Award, explores high court-elected branch interactions over economic policy in Argentina and Brazil in the post-transition period. Her current work examines judicial politics and the uses of law in Latin America. One project analyzes institutions of electoral governance and another investigates informal workers’ use of legal strategies in the region; each focuses specifically on Brazil and Mexico. She has also co-edited Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In the area of research methods, Kapiszewski co-directs the Qualitative Data Repository; is co-authoring Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); and in 2013 was awarded the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section’s Mid-Career Achievement Award. Her work has appeared in Latin American Politics and Society, Law and Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Perspectives on Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

Dr. Alexia Katsanidou is leading the International Data Infrastructures team at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne. She coordinates the CESSDA Training Centre and is in charge of software developments for data infrastructures such as data harmonization. She is also an active researcher with focus on individual political behaviour and party politics in European and EU politics. She is currently working on the radicalization of societies in crisis.

Dessislava Kirilova is a fellow at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. A scholar of International Relations and European affairs, she investigates the role of ideas and collective identities in countries’ foreign policies; the processes by which these change over time; as well as the influence of powerful states and international institutions on smaller states. In her dissertation she explores the different choices post-communist states made regarding their new bilateral relationships with Russia, which seemed puzzling to some in the context of their otherwise quite uniform push "on the Western foreign policy front" – to normalize relations with Western powers, as well as to join institutions such as NATO and the EU. In brief, she finds the explanation of this variation in the interactions between the traditional historical relationship a given country had had with Russia (especially at the beginning of its modern statehood), and the post-Cold War reception of its claims for belonging to a united Europe. Dessi ‘s work also illustrates her methodological interests in uncovering the political importance of macro-narratives through contextually rich process-tracing, discursive institutionalism and archival- and interview-based fieldwork. As part of her functions at Maxwell, she is engaged in the development of the Qualitative Data Repository and in broader efforts to promulgate the idea and practice of research transparency among fellow qualitative political scientists. She teaches introductory courses on International Relations and Comparative Politics and advanced ones on European integration and international organization. She has degrees in Political Science and Journalism from Yale University, NYU, and Adelphi University’s Honors College.

Mari Kleemola is Information Services Manager at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive, where she has worked since 1999. As the Head of Data Services, she is in charge of FSD’s customer services and data documenting and processing procedures. Her interests include metadata, the OAIS model, trusted digital repositories, and costs of metadata production as well as benefits of data archiving and sharing. She has a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Tampere and currently she is struggling to find time for her PhD work.

Jack Kneeshaw is based at the UK Data Archive, University of Essex, and works as the Support Manager for the UK Data Service. His work involves managing the user support function of the Service as well as the development of the Variable and Question Bank.

Vigdis Namtvedt Kvalheim is the Acting Managing Director of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and has more than 30 years’ experience from the area CESSDA is working. She is Deputy Director for the Norwegian Social Science Data Services, which is the Norwegian Service Provider to CESSDA. At NSD she is managing the Data Protection Services and the Individual Level Data Unit. Together the two units cover the full data lifecycle from the first review of ethical and legal requirements at the start of the project to the depositing of data at the end of the project to and all data management activities involved in long-term preservation and data sharing. Vigdis Kvalheim is actively involved in infrastructure activities on a national, Nordic and European level in the context of the Norwegian Research Council, NordForsk and CESSDA. She is presently a board member of the International Federation of Data Organizations for the Social Sciences (IFDO) and NordForsk’s high-level group on research infrastructures. In DASISH Vigdis Kvalheim leads WP4 on Data Archiving and is actively involved in WP6 task leader on Ethical and Legal Issues.

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Paula Lackie is a long-time IASSISTer who’s been working in some aspect of the world of data management for 25 years. She is currently the co-chair of IASSIST professional development. Please feel free to ask her about any aspects of getting involved in or recommending more professional development activities! In her day-job, Paula works as a research methods and data support specialist in the IT organization at Carleton College; a 2000-student Liberal Arts undergraduate institution. Working predominantly with novice researchers gives her the opportunity to distill the elements of all aspects of their research process in a deeply field-tested environment.

Thomas Lindsay is the Research Services coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He works with faculty across the liberal arts, but especially in the social sciences, to develop and support human subjects research projects from initial design through data collection and analysis. Over the last year he has worked with the College to expand the mission of his office to include many new aspects of data management. Tom earned his degrees in history.

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Steve Marks is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal. His recent projects have included the certification of Scholars Portal as a Trustworthy Digital Repository, and helping in the establishment of the Canadian Polar Data Network: an inter-sectoral partnership to preserve data generated by Canadian research in the arctic. His other research interests include modeling of information systems and the preservation of new media, including video games.

Dr. Brigitte Mathiak is team leader at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. She is a computer scientist by training, having earned her PhD in Text Mining on Biomedical literature. She and her team are developing solutions for interlinking information and extracting information from texts. Among other projects, they are working on extracting data references from full texts, identification of persons in metadata and, of course, collaboration between scientists.

Alicia Hofelich Mohr is a data management research associate in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She received a Ph.D. in psychology and a masters in statistics from the University of Michigan. In her role as a data management consultant, she is developing data management services in the social sciences and helping researchers across CLA manage and analyze their data.

Hailey Mooney is Data Services Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries. She is the liaison to programs in Human Development & Family Studies, Social Work, and Sociology. Hailey works with colleagues in Digital Curation and Digital Humanities to develop and provide data management services at the MSU Libraries, and is also the social sciences data librarian. Her research interests include data citation, changing scholarly communication norms, and data literacy. Hailey currently serves as Membership Chair of IASSIST. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan and an MLIS from Wayne State University.

Courtney Mumma is an archivist and a librarian responsible for managing Artefactual Systems’ open source digital preservation, Archivematica. She collaborates with her team on system requirements and product design as well as provides training and community dialogue. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies programs. Prior to joining Artefactual, Courtney worked at Vancouver’s municipal archives implementing their digital archives system while managing the acquisition of the hybrid digital-analog 2010 Winter Olympic Games archives. She has been a researcher and co-investigator on the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES 3 Project), the UBC-SLAIS Digital Records Forensics Project, and the ongoing InterPARES Trust research looking into cloud-based preservation services. She has contributed to the Distributed Digital Preservation working group, the 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project, and is a member of both the Professional Experts Panel and the Development Advisory Group on the BitCurator Project. Courtney has been published in Archivaria and has delivered dozens of presentations on the practical application of digital preservation strategies in academic, library, archives and museum contexts.

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Lisa Neidert is a Senior Research Associate, at the Population Studies Center and a Lecturer, in Sociology at the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin. Lisa’s research interests are the association between ideational change and marriage and family formation behaviors; spatial analysis; social stratification; and health disparities. Associated with her position in Data Services, she is interested in data quality, confidentiality, data access and user interfaces to data. She teaches a course in quantitative reasoning.

Natsuko Nicholls is a CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellow affiliated with the Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Research Data Services, the University of Michigan Library. Since the summer of 2012, Natsuko has been involved in developing and implementing library data services. She currently serves as a member of Research Lifecycle Committee, Data Education Working Group, ORCID Task Force of the University Library, and also assists CLIR/DLF with the E-Research Peer Network and Mentoring Group program.

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Jim Obst is Digital Services Lead in the Knowledge Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He coordinates data product evaluations for research and analysis teams and provides resources for data governance.

Aileen O’Carroll is Policy Manager of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). DRI is a newly established national organisation whose remit is to link together and preserve the rich and varied cultural, historical, and qualitative social science data held by Irish institutions. Aileen’s role requires her to have a thorough understanding of international best practice in licensing frameworks, digitisation policy, archival management, and an understanding of the different needs and perspectives of a wide range of stalk-holders and users.

Olof Olsson works as a web developer at the Swedish national Data Service (SND) since 2009. He is involved with the DDI Discovery vocabulary (DISCO) and the development of DDI Moving Forward (DDI4). Olof is one of the developers behind DDI-XSLT, an open set of transformations for DDI to other standards and formats.

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Kristin Partlo has been the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Science and Data at Carleton College since 2004 where she coordinates the library’s research data services and serves as liaison to the sociology and anthropology, economics, and mathematics departments. She holds an MA of LIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of St. Olaf College where she studied philosophy and women’s studies. She has also worked at Ball State University Library as a Reference & Instruction and Map Librarian.

Beth-Ellen Pennell is the Director of the International Survey Operations Division of the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. She has been with ISR since 1989, most recently as Director of Survey Research Operations. Ms. Pennell also serves as the Director of the Data Collection Coordinating Centre for the World Mental Health Survey Initiative, a joint project of the World Health Organization, Harvard University and the University of Michigan. In the position, Ms. Pennell coordinates the technical support and oversees the implementation of the data collection activities for these general population epidemiological studies in 30 countries. She is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and is the Managing Director of the University of Michigan- International Statistical Institute Center for Capacity Building in Survey Methods and Statistics. She also led the development of the Cross-cultural Survey Guidelines (http://ccsg.isr.umich.edu). In addition, she has published widely on the topic of best practices for international data collection.

Andreas Perret is the Head of Data Publication at FORS. The purpose of FORS is to enhance work in the social sciences by providing data and services to researchers, conducting methodological research, and publishing research findings. FORS collaborates with researchers and research institutes in the social sciences in Switzerland and internationally.

Katharin Peter is the Social Sciences Data Librarian for the University of Southern California’s International and Public Affairs Library where she has taken a leadership role in establishing library data services to support quantitative, qualitative, and spatial research. She also serves as the Program Advisor to the USC Libraries Fellowship Program which appointed its first fellow, an Interdisciplinary GIS Librarian, in 2013. Prior to USC, Katharin spent 7 years as a research analyst and consultant, conducting research and analysis for the National Center for Education Statistics and other government agencies. She teaches classes in survey research methods and data librarianship for the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science. Her areas of research interest include data librarianship, social sciences research methods, Geographic Information Science, and postsecondary education.

Jonathan Petters received a PhD. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and has researched aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions in various cloud systems both at Penn State and as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins Data Management Services group Jon was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science where, among other duties, he investigated data management policies and needs within the physical sciences. As a Data Management Consultant he assists researchers across Johns Hopkins in their management of their research data.

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Robin Rice is Data Librarian at University of Edinburgh, based in EDINA and Data Library, a division of Information Services. She is on the implementation committee for the Research Data Management Programme, the EDINA management team, and service manager of the Data Library, Edinburgh DataShare and the Research Data MANTRA online training course. She is also Web Editor of IASSIST.

Peter Rogers joined Colgate University Libraries (CUL) in 2012 as the Information Literacy and Social Science Librarian. Among his several responsibilities is the nurturing of a young Research Data Services program at Colgate. He has worked with the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Geography, and Economics, and the Program in Environmental Studies on data discovery, analysis, management, and curation projects. These projects have involved quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial data. This summer, Peter will be working with an undergraduate Summer Research Fellow to revise and enhance data services and resources at CUL. Librarianship is somewhat of a second career in academia for Peter as he taught Environmental Studies at the undergraduate level for over a dozen years before returning to grad school in 2010 in order to study Library and Information Science at the University of Buffalo.

Andy Rutkowski is currently the Interdisciplinary GIS Library Fellow at the University of Southern California. In this role he is helping to develop collections, services, and research support for GIS and spatial scholars across campus and academic disciplines. He is especially concerned with how to provide access to data to the diverse range of scholars that exist within a University setting. Previously, Andy worked at New York University’s Bobst Library as a Reference Associate for Business and Government Documents. His work there included providing research support to scholars and developing and teaching workshops on a variety of different topics, including demographic/marketing data and the data life-cycle. While at NYU, he also worked closely with a community-based mapping organization, Green Map System, helping them to digitize and archive their map collections. He loves to run and all the data that is associated with it! Andy has: MS in Library and Information Science — Long Island University; MA in Humanities and Social Thought — New York University; BA in Philosophy — University of Vermont.

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Andrew Sallans is a strategic technologist working across many domains and fields. He has been working with research data for over a decade, after gaining an initial grounding in geographic information systems and archaeology. He is now managing partnerships, collaborations, and funding for the Center for Open Science, a technology start-up non-profit organization focused on making the scientific workflow more open, transparent, and reproducible. He previously served as Head of Strategic Data Initiatives and Data Management Consulting Group at the University of Virginia Library, where he led the establishment of a new data management service unit. Prior to that position, he was Head of the Research Computing Lab. He has also served as the co-lead of the DMPTool, a PI on the Notes from Nature Zooniverse project, and Chair of the DataONE Users Group. He has a BA in history, archaeology, and art history, an MS in library and information studies, and an MS in the management of information technology.

David Schiller is a Researcher at the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research. He studied sociology and history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg completing his studies in 2009 (Magister Artium). From 2009 to 2011 he was a researcher at the methods group of the project "National Educational Panel Study" (NEPS) at the University of Bamberg. Mr. Schiller has been a member of the research staff of the Research Data Centre of the Federal Employment Agency since April 2011. The focal points of his research are future data access, data documentation (DDI), statistical disclosure control and database solutions for the social sciences.

Katie Schmitt received a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Data Curation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2014. Previously, she worked as a sales manager with a focus on real estate database management, advertising and web design. Katie has a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Katrine Utaaker Segadal is the Head of Section for the Data Protection Services at the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). NSD is the Data Protection Official for the major part of the Norwegian research sector (about 150 research and educational institutions), its main task being to assist the institutions in fulfilling their statutory duties relating to data protection regulation and quality assurance of their own research. As Data protection Official for Research NSD do prior assessments (legal review) of research projects and provide guidance and advice to institutions, research projects, researchers and students on issues regarding research ethics and privacy protection, with a focus on sustaining needs of research within the regulatory framework. As Head of Section for the Data Protection Services Katrine Utaaker Segadal has gained extensive experience and expertise on ethical issues and legal requirements and their consequences for research use and access to various types of data.

Annette K. Servan graduated in May 2012 with a Masters degree in Health Promotion from the University of Bergen – where she has been working both during and after her studies. At the University she held academic positions as a research assistant and lecturer as well as administrative roles in student counselling and program coordination etc. Annette started working at NSD in august 2013 mainly working on archiving data from researchers who are funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

John Shepherdson is the Director of Technical Services and is responsible for Applications Development & Maintenance and Digital Preservation, Systems & Security teams at the UK Data Archive. His work covers a wide ‘technological development’ brief including both internal ‘back office’ applications for increasing productivity and external user-focused web-based services, as well as the strategic evolution of the UK Data Archive’s technical infrastructure.

Plato L. Smith II is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information within the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University, Florida’s iSchool. He has a background in digital libraries and computer information systems, and his Master’s is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the North Carolina Central University. From 2005 to 2012, he was Department Head of the Digital Library Center at the FSU Libraries’ Digital Library Center. The title of his dissertation is “Exploring the Data Management and Curation (DMC) Practices of Scientists in Research Labs within a Research University”. The research methodology includes an adapted Data Asset Framework (DAF) methodology via a mixed-methods research approach of DAF surveys and DAF semi-structured interviews.

Tom W. Smith is an expert in survey research specializing in the study of societal change and survey methodology. Since 1980 he has been a principal investigator of the National Data Program for the Social Sciences and director of its General Social Survey (GSS) at NORC at the University of Chicago. Smith was co-founder and Secretary General of the International Social Survey Program (1997-2003). In 2013-2014 he is serving as Past President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research.

Samuel Spencer is the developer behind the Canard Question Module Editor, a software platform to improve the efficiency and structure of questionnaire design using the logic of computer programming. He has spent the last several years developing open-source solutions to support open data for Australian government agencies. Sam’s previous projects have included providing technical expertise for metadata transformation strategies and software analysis to improve public access to government metadata. In his spare time, he reads to his rabbit, and performs slam poetry to practise his public speaking

Alexandra Stam is a senior researcher at FORS since 2009, working principally in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Statistical Office to facilitate research access to public micro-data. Prior to this, she worked several years at the University of Dundee in Scotland as a teaching fellow and research assistant. Trained as a geographer, her research interests are on new forms of migration, particularly student mobility, and marriage migration. She completed a PhD in 2011 on ‘marriage migration and the geographies of love’, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Carly Strasser is a data curation specialist at the California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President. She has a PhD in Biological Oceanography, which informs her work on helping researchers better manage and share their data. She is an open science advocate and actively tweets (@carlystrasser) and blogs (datapub.cdlib.org) about it. She is involved in development and implementation of many of the UC Curation Center’s services, including the DMPTool (software to guide researchers in creating a data management plan), DataUp (an application that helps researchers organize, manage, and archive their tabular data), and Dash (an open source platform for data sharing).

Marisa Strong is the Application Development Manager for the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and currently is the Technical Lead for the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool). Marisa works with the developers within the UC3 team to prioritize, design and implement features for UC3 services such the Merritt Curation Repository, Web Archiving Service (WAS), and Datashare projects. Previously she was the technical lead for the current DMPTool running in production today as well as a developer for the Merritt, WAS, and JHOVE2 projects. Marisa has been at the California Digital Library for almost 6 years and has worked in various industries in application developer and system integration roles. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Master of Computer Science and received her Bachelor of Science degree at Wright State University.

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Cindy Teixeira currently serves as Manager of Archival Development and has been at the Roper Center since 1996. She participates in the development and adoption of archival standards for the Center’s collections. She manages a team responsible for the acquisition, processing and archiving of datasets into the Roper Center collections. She also advises and trains researchers on the use of data files for secondary analysis.

Dan Tsang is Distinguished Librarian at the University of California -Irvine. Since 1986 he has served as data libarian and bibliographer for political science, economics and Asian American Studies as well as now on an interim basi, French & ItaLian and Orange County Documents. In 2004 he was the first data librarian to become a Fulbright Scholar- he researched social science data in Vietnam. Last year he was honored by ICPSR for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative. He served two terms on the IASSIST Administrative Committee.

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Berenica Vejvoda works as a Research Data Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries and prior to this worked as a Data Librarian at the University of California at San Diego. In her current position, she leads the provision of numeric data services and delivers data research consultation support for UT faculty and students, instruction and collection development. She also works as part of an interdisciplinary team at UT on Research Data Management initiatives and is increasingly working to support researchers with data visualization solutions for original research data.

Johanna Vompras studied "Computer Science in the Natural Science", majoring in Data Mining, Pattern Recognition and Database Systems at the Technical Faculty of the University Bielefeld in Germany. Now, she is working at the University Library where she coordinates undergoing pilot projects dedicated to upgrade institutional Research Data Management. She is also involved in the introduction and development of information infrastructures for documentation, archiving, and reuse of research data and their embedding into institutional services within the university.

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Joachim Wackerow is heading a small team on Social Science Metadata Standards at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany. He is involved in the development of DDI Lifecycle since 2004 and serves currently as vice-chair of the Technical Committee of the DDI Alliance. He is inventor and co-organizer of the DDI workshop series in Dagstuhl, Germany and he is co-inventor and conference chair (now in the 5th year) of the Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI).

Margaret Ward is based at the UK Data Archive, University of Essex, where she works as the Data Access Manager for the UK Data Service. She manages the Access team which has responsibility for the UK Data Service Helpdesk, user registration, and servicing user requests for data.

Jeremy Williams is Software Developer Lead for the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and holds a master’s degree in Information Science from Cornell University. Jeremy has developed a variety of software solutions in the financial sector, the GIS industry and academia. At CISER, he is primarily engaged leading projects related to complex systems automation; software security; metadata repository and service infrastructure, and tools for research data analysis and dissemination.

Richard Wiseman works as the Socio-Economic Data Specialist in the UK Data Service. Based at Mimas, University of Manchester. He provides advice and support for researchers using the UK aggregate Census Data from 1971 to 2011 and International aggregate data, such as the World Bank, IMF and OECD. He has an MSc in Information Management, and a BSc in Psychology, and has a background in librarian and web related roles.

Arne Wolters has a background in Theoretical Econometrics, as a result of his studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Arne’s career in Data started at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as Data Manager of LSE’s India Data Centre. After setting up this internal data service, Arne moved university and started working at the UK Data Archive. At present Arne continues working at the UK Data Archive as a team member of the Administrative Data Research Network.

Ryan Womack is Data Librarian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick Campus), where he is the primary contact for data services, providing training in statistical software, supervision of the secure data facility, and the creation of guides to statistical data sources. He also serves as Chair of the RUresearch Data Team, the Libraries group supporting data management and archiving. Ryan came to Rutgers in 1999 and has served as Data Librarian since 2008. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is working on an M.S. in Statistics at Rutgers. He is interested in data visualization, data literacy, and all things R and statistics.

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Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen has an education background in the Social Sciences (Magister Artium in Sociology, Political Science and Communication Science) and is currently the Head of Team Archive Tools and Processes at the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Wolfgang’s interested include database development, Continuity Guide of German National Election Studies, CodebookExplorer, Dataset Documentation Manager, Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), dalra and DataCite data registration. Current projects that he is involved in include STARDAT, a DDI-Lifecycle metadata management software development, and datorium, which is a data sharing repository service at GESIS.

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