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Data Rights and Data Wrongs

Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis

Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, professional and personal ethics, and institutional directives to share their research data and make it available for reuse. There is, however, a great deal of heterogeneity across the research enterprise with respect to what is meant by ‘data’ and ‘data sharing,’ why data sharing is deemed important, and what data management strategies are considered most effective.

Moreover, data are often difficult and costly to produce and share. Therefore, many scholars view these as a significant product of their intellectual labor for which they should receive some sort of credit towards tenure and promotion, authorial recognition through citation, or financial compensation. While balancing all of these considerations is desirable to promote increased access to data, it is difficult to guarantee that the concerns of all research stakeholders will be met given (1) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data given widespread access to new information technologies, (2) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite/not-always property, and (3) the ethical considerations and legal restrictions implicated in the sharing and reuse of data related to sensitive topics such as personal health information, national security, and vulnerable populations.

This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate for their goals.

Panel Topics

  • –Mapping the varied perspectives on why sharing research data is important and the social norms, policy pressures, ethical considerations, and legal realities facing different stakeholders (e.g., researchers, university administration, and funding bodies),
  • Discussing the legal tools different parties have developed or are in the process of developing in order to increase access to data, but still ensure stakeholders interests are met (e.g., DUAs & CC-BY), and
  • Addressing how these issues are further complicated when sensitive data, data requiring additional protections given the underlying subject matter (e.g., health information), are involved.

Keynotes speaker

Dr. Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA

Dr. Borgman’s keynote talk will be based on her forthcoming book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World.


9:00-9:30 am || Registration & Coffee

9:30-9:45 am || Welcoming Remarks

9:45-10:45 am || Morning keynote || Delivered by Christine Borgman

10:45-11:00 am || Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 pm || Panel 1 || Perspectives on Data Sharing Across the Research Enterprise

  • Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, UC Office of the President
  • Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
  • Dav Clark, Data Scientist @ D-Lab & Fellow at Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley
  • Nick Anderson, Director of Informatics Research & Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarship, Library, UC Davis
  • Alexandra Lippman, Postdoctoral Fellow, ICIS, UC Davis (moderator)

12:30-1:30 pm || Lunch

1:30-3:00 pm || Panel 2 || Legal Tools for Data Sharing

  • Katie Fortney, Copyright Policy and Education Officer, California Digital Library
  • Megan Laurance, Research Informationist, UCSF
  • Jennifer Lin, Senior Product Manager, Public Library of Science
  • Tim Vollmer, Policy Manager, Creative Commons
  • MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian, UC Davis (moderator)

3:00-3:15 pm || Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 pm || Panel 3 || Sharing Data Subject to Additional Legal & Ethical Considerations

  • Allison Fish, Postdoc, ICIS, UC Davis
  • Davera Gabriel, Senior Research Associate, Center for Health and Technology, UC Davis
  • Brad Sherman, Director of Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture & Professor of Law, Griffiths University
  • Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer, UC Davis
  • Alessandro Delfanti, Postdoc, ICIS, UC Davis (moderator)

4:45-5:00 pm || Closing Remarks