Present: Mary Backus, Mike Roy, Terry Simpkins, Carol Peddie, Chris Norris, Doreen Bernier; Wendy Shook (guest)
Wendy Shook joined us to discuss the draft Data Management Policy she is in the process of preparing. This is a requirement for grant applications from certain agencies (e.g. National Science Foundation); applications for funding from these agencies require the inclusion of a data management, access, and preservation plan.
The completed policy will outline objectives for science data preservation and storage using a digital on-campus repository, or, where appropriate, pointing researchers to national discipline-specific repositories that may be preferable. Currently, Biology, Economics, and Psychology are departments at Middlebury that are most likely to need local data hosting/preservation.
Wendy suggested a 2-stage process. Stage 1 would be a pilot project using ContentDM in conjunction with a subscription to a digital object identifier (DOI) registry. Stage 2 would reassess the platform and determine if migration to another platform would be beneficial.
We agreed that Wendy should investigate costs to subscribe to a DOI registry, and that we should get an estimate that includes MIIS. There are also unresolved issues around data ownership and rights management, which Mike will try to have added to the Dean’s meeting agenda for next week. Finally, Chris recommended that an information security audit and disaster recovery assessment be conducted for ContentDM.
The AD Retreat scheduled for April 19th be cancelled since Mike and Carol are both out.
We reviewed the LIS calendar for April, focusing on:
- the 3rd quarter budget: including travel, labor, capital and operational expenses. Carol reported we are fairly well on target, budget-wise, with not a lot of wiggle room for unanticipated expenses;
- student labor trends. We have asked workgroup leaders to review student labor trends to see how we are using student dollars; Directors should follow up and nudge managers as necessary;
- BreadLoaf/Language School planning –Carrie Macfarlane is leading a group preparing a report on support for this coming summer. She expects to be able to submit it to Terry by Monday (4/8), and we will invite her and other group members to attend next week’s Directors’ meeting to discuss.
The Manager’s meeting agenda for the April 11th meeting will include:
- Follow-up discussion on management training, especially thinking about ways to keep the training moving forward and in active use;
- Professional development — Mike would like to try a pilot program where, for 1-2 Fridays/month, we will set aside time to make staff professional development a priority. This would mean not scheduling meetings, limiting the amount of email we send to one another in LIS, etc., during this time.
The All-staff meeting agenda for the April 17th meeting:
- Staff awards;
- Norm Cushman will give an update on his organization (not confirmed);
The Optional all-staff meeting agenda for April 18th:
- BreadLoaf and Language School Planning (not confirmed).
Carol will re-engage the Space Team to review office space requirements for new staff members.
Mike would like to re-establish the LIS New Staff Member Coffee meetings for the forthcoming plethora of new employees.
The April 11 directors’ meeting is canceled. We hope to discuss a proposal for LIS Language School support at the 4/18 meeting.
Thanks for reading,
Terry & Doreen.