Tech Services and AITS Database Administrative Services Partner

AITS and Technology Services are partnering to provide Database Administrative services (DBA). The joint DBA team will be able to serve the University community and expand their service offerings. By partnering, Tech Services and AITS will have more support resources for customers, and will be able to improve their offerings.

If you need assistance with database services, you can still contact support the way you previously have, but you may end up talking to some new people.

For questions contact Chris Newman.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY TOOLS DISCUSSION – OCT, 11

Academic Integrity Tools Discussion – Oct, 11 at 3:30 p.m in 428 Armory

IGET’s first meeting of the year will focus on academic integrity tools. Speakers from College of Business, CITL and ATLAS will discuss the Academic Integrity Module, ProctorU and the Identity Verification System, respectively.

IGET is a community of education technology professionals from across campus (and beyond) who share knowledge and experiences. All are welcome.

rOpenSci Fellowships Available

rOpenSci has three Fellowships available. Deadline to apply Sept 1, 2017.

rOpenSci promotes a culture of open, transparent, and reproducible research across various research domains. Everything we do, from developing high-quality open-source software for data science and, software review, to building community through events like our community calls and annual unconference, is geared toward lowering barriers to reproducible, open science.

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Presentation: Research Data Services at Cambridge

The Research Data Service is hosting a visit by Marta Teperek, the current Research Data Facility Manager at the University of Cambridge, from July 13-14. She’ll be presenting on their data services program on Friday, July 14, and all are welcome to attend.

When:

2:00 PM Friday, July 14th

Commons at Grainger Library (Second Floor)

Abstract:

How to make research data services work? How to create successful services which will be useful to the academic community? Marta will talk about her experience leading the development of research data services in Cambridge. She will talk about the Cambridge strategy for service development and innovation, including the initial failed attempt to get the research community engaged. She will then explain specific undertaking which allowed Cambridge to become more democratic and to better engage both researchers and staff. The talk will conclude with short reflections into what worked in Cambridge, what did not go so well and what could have been done differently.

Bio:

Dr Marta Teperek did a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. Having first-hand experience of problems that researchers face on a day-to-day basis, with the journals’ impact factor, and not the quality of the research process, dictating the future of their academic career, Marta decided to get professionally involved in advocating for Open Research and for better reproducibility in science. In 2015 she joined the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, supporting researchers at the University of Cambridge in good management and sharing of research data. While at Cambridge, Marta initiated and overseen the Data Champions programme and the Open Research Pilot. In August 2017 Marta will move to TU Delft in Netherlands, where she will lead the Research Data Stewardship project.

Statistical Consulting Service

Do you need help with statistics in your research?

Graduate students with statistical expertise will be available for free consultations to help with questions about statistical analysis.  Consultants have expertise in a variety of statistical software, including R, Stata, SPSS and SAS.

For more information visit https://publish.illinois.edu/statsconsulting/statistical-consulting/

Simplifying HIPAA-Related Processes

A cross-campus working group collaboratively drafted questions to be used in faculty interviews to assess their sensitive data needs.  The working group also identified opportunities to improve the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, as it pertains to HIPAA, by populating the form with choices and reducing, if not eliminating, free-form text boxes.  Faculty welcomed the suggestion for simplifying the IRB form.

In an effort to finalize HIPAA-related workflows and processes, Applied Health Sciences identified a project that could be used as a sentinel effort.  AHS staff are currently working with NCSA staff to pilot the local HIPAA-compliant environment.  

Efforts are underway to build HIPAA-compliant environments in Amazon Web Services (AWS).  As necessary processes are defined for working with sensitive data in AWS, early adopters will be identified to pilot the new processes and environment.