Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) has received a grant from The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to support the sharing and development of reproducible research practices.
ISPS was selected as one of only 24 recipients by the program in recognition of its two-year project grant, titled “Implementing Data Curation for Reproducibility (Data CuRe) Training Program.” The project aims to expand the capacity of research libraries to support reproducible research practices. “The goal is to strengthen the role of libraries in sustaining the value of research assets and to elevate their role as key research partners in preserving the integrity of the scientific record,” said Limor Peer, ISPS associate director for research and principal investigator on the grant.
This project builds on a collaboration ISPS formed with experts at the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research. The three organizations founded the CURE Consortium in 2016 to promote the need to curate data and code for the purpose of ensuring computational reproducibility.
“Many research libraries now provide data services in response to the increase in policies and mandates from funding agencies and journal publishers to share data and, increasingly, code,” says Peer. “This grant aims to help research libraries master the necessary skills to help researchers handle the requirement.”
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals to better serve the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The program seeks to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians through enhanced training and professional development of librarians, faculty, and library leaders.
Originally founded in 1968, ISPS is an interdisciplinary center supporting social science and public policy research at Yale involving faculty and students from many departments in various activities.
For more information on the ISPS Data Archive approach to data curation and reproducibility, visit the ISPS website.