Gary Morris, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Valparaiso University, needed a data management plan to accompany an NSF grant proposal he and his colleagues (an international group hailing from University of Hawaii, Hokkaido University in Japan, NASA, and NCAR) were working on, so he approached Scholarly Communication Services Librarian Jonathan Bull. Not only did Jon write the data management portion of the grant proposal; he also volunteered Valparaiso University to do the virtual hosting of the proposed workshop’s output. He then accompanied Dr. Morris to the workshop to record and upload the data generated directly to Valparaiso’s repository, ValpoScholar. There, the videos, slide presentations, poster sessions, and discussions, all on atmospheric science topics, including climate change, received customized metadata and permanent URLs, and became openly available to anyone in the world almost immediately after presentation.
Global availability of the data was very important, as the topic, the current state of the tropical tropopause layer, has international significance, and workshop attendees came from universities and agencies all over the world. Additionally, Jon’s partnership with Dr. Morris and his colleagues on the project ensured fulfillment of the data management portion of their NSF grant, and that the data would not be lost as the participants scattered back to their respective countries. He has since partnered with other faculty members to provide data management solutions for their NSF grant requirements and offers ValpoScholar as an option for data storage.
Jonathan Bull will be speaking about his work with ValpoScholar, at our ALA Midwinter session, “Library as Partner: IR Collaborations on Campus and in the Community.” You can find more information and register here.