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CU-Boulder, GWLA, and GPN awarded funding from IMLS to develop DataQ, a collaborative platform for sharing knowledge to support research data in libraries

posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:03 PM by Joni Blake

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Great Plains Network (GPN) are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics, with or without answers, to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an editorial team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the editorial team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.

A number of GWLA and GPN libraries provided letters of support for the IMLS proposal, and dozens of other institutions across the country have already expressed interest in contributing to the DataQ effort. In his letter of support for the project, James F. Williams, II, Dean of the CU-Boulder Libraries noted that “with its community-driven approach to collecting and answering questions related to research data, DataQ will allow libraries to better understand faculty and student needs, share knowledge across institutions, and utilize existing staff and skills to support new areas of librarianship.”

A call for content submissions and nominations for the editorial team will be announced soon. Please send any questions about the project to Andrew Johnson (Project Director) at andrew.m.johnson@colorado.edu, and follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter for the latest announcements and information about DataQ.

This project was made possible in part by the IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries SP-02-14-0020-14. Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.