At Dataverse Community Meeting, an emphasis on data quality

first_imgDuring the fifth annual Dataverse Community Meeting from June 19 to 21, more than 180 participants, representing over 70 universities and research organizations from around the world, gathered in Harvard’s CGIS South building to learn about, discuss, and improve Dataverse, a software platform for publishing, citing, and archiving research data. Led by a team at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), a growing global community of developers, librarians, archivists, and researchers develop the open source software, which is used by 46 production sites on six continents to host data repositories.Attendees and speakers held presentations, workshops, panels, and an ideathon/hackathon, working on issues related to reproducibility of research, scaling outreach programs, software integrations for increasing Dataverse’s data storage options, and enhancing interoperability between data repositories and tools for visualization and curation.“One of the hardest but most essential elements of an open source software project is community engagement,” said Merce Crosas, chief data science & technology officer at IQSS and university research data officer at the office of the vice provost for research. “This year’s community meeting has shown that community engagement is an unquestionable success of the Dataverse project. While we celebrate our project’s success, we are also reminded of the importance of our work and the work we have ahead. Through Dataverse repositories now hosted on six continents, we are together making data accessible to more and more people, enabling them to verify research results, develop evidence-based decisions, and solve future challenges with high-quality, comprehensive data.” Crosas and Jonathan Crabtree spoke about the Global Dataverse Community Consortium, which formed a year ago with Crosas, Crabtree (UNC), and Peter Doorn (DANS) as chairs. The consortium has secured bulk pricing for registering persistent identifiers for Dataverse repositories and plans to provide services to support the Dataverse community.Attendees heard from Martha Whitehead, who was just two weeks into her tenure as vice president for the Harvard Library, and Roy E. Larsen, librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Drawing on experiences as vice provost and university librarian at Queen’s University in Canada, Whitehead shared her vision for the library’s role in influencing the layers of policy, infrastructure, and services needed to facilitate data creation, use, and preservation.A look at the agenda and presentation slides also show how the community’s work continues to evolve with an emphasis on increasing the quality of shared data. Yin Shenqin, director of Science Data Center at Fudan University in Shanghai, spoke about the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission’s highly distributed deployment of Dataverse installations across dozens of universities and how they’ve scaled educational initiatives that help researchers and administrators improve how they share data.Ceilyn Boyd, Harvard Library’s research data program manager, moderated a panel discussion with administrators of four Dataverse repositories, including Harvard’s free and open data repository Harvard Dataverse. The administrators spoke about the benefits and challenges of different curation models.To learn more about Dataverse and how to get involved, visit the Dataverse Project.last_img read more

Crossing the bridge: Recently struggling SU defense will need to slow down Bridgewater to have opportunity at upsetting No. 11 Louisville

first_img Published on November 9, 2012 at 2:27 am Contact Ryne: [email protected] Ri’Shard Anderson can see the confidence Teddy Bridgewater exudes. In his second season, the Louisville quarterback knows how to place each throw. He knows when to go deep and when to dump it off. And he knows how to improvise outside the pocket.His rapid development ranks him among the nation’s most prolific passers, as he is sixth in the country with a 70.4 completion percentage. He has also thrown for 18 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions en route to leading the No. 11 Cardinals (9-0, 4-0 Big East) to an unbeaten start heading into their matchup with Syracuse (4-5, 3-2) in the Carrier Dome at noon Saturday.Anderson said Bridgewater’s “not far from” the level of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, adding he is only a sophomore with time to develop. But SU head coach Doug Marrone thinks the Louisville signal-caller has been elite in 2012.“Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback that we’ll have faced this year to this point because he can do so much,” Marrone said.SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said Bridgewater provides a different challenge than Barkley because of his ability to extend plays with his feet. Shafer said Bridgewater is constantly aware as he scrambles, displaying impressive instincts on a variety of shovel passes at the line of scrimmage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s got a nice moxie about him like all the good quarterbacks do, and it will be a great challenge,” Shafer said. “It starts with him.”After struggling to contain dual-threat quarterbacks against South Florida and Cincinnati, Bridgewater is another athletic quarterback.But while Daniels burned the SU defense for 134 yards on 12 carries and Munchie Legaux has rushed for 335 yards and four touchdowns, Bridgewater has only rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown this season, as Shafer said he runs more to buy time for plays to develop.Anderson said the focus of the SU defense is different this week. Rather than being ready to help corral B.J. Daniels and Legaux when they took off downfield, the secondary needs to lock in on its assignments in coverage.“He’s running, but he’s just making more time so he can throw downfield, so you got to stay and lock on your man, and while he’s doing all the scrambling,” Anderson said, “you have to lock onto your man so we can’t come off heavy like we did last two weeks.”When Bridge water scrambles around the pocket,Louisville’s wide receivers will improvise on routes, making it crucial for Anderson and his teammates to stick to the game plan.That has been a challenge for Louisville’s opponents this year as the Cardinals are second in the Big East in scoring, averaging 34 points per game. Bridgewater has spread the ball around, hitting eight different receivers for touchdowns.With Bridgewater directing the offense, Louisville has eclipsed the 30-point mark six times. SU’s defense will need some help from Ryan Nassib and the offense to slow the explosive attack down.And for an Orange unit susceptible to big plays, Marrone highlighted Bridgewater’s ability to throw the deep ball as a concern.“It’s a big challenge for us not to give up the big play against a quarterback that has been making those big plays all year round,” Marrone said.The turnover battle, something Marrone has harped on all season, will also be tough for SU to win against a team with a quarterback who has thrown just four interceptions. U of L is second in the conference in turnover margin while Syracuse is sixth.Ultimately, Anderson and the SU defense is prepared to take on one of the nation’s top passers. It can see how he has developed since his freshman season on film.And Louisville’s numbers and perfect start are all Marrone needs to point to when describing the Big East’s best team.Said Marrone: “If you keep giving their offense a lot of chances during the course of a game, they have shown and proven that they will beat you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Syracuse commit Isaiah McDuffie: ‘The lack of communication made me have to part ways’

first_img“This is well thought out,” McDuffie said of the timing in his announcements. “I didn’t just act right away.”He also communicated with Louisville, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The latter two were the biggest contenders.“That’s a lot of (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools,” he said, laughing. “… I liked the environment (at BC). I like everything they have to offer. That’s the best decision for me to advance my career.”Because McDuffie picked Boston College, which is in the ACC Atlantic, he will play against Syracuse every year of his college career if he stays with BC.“I think it’ll be exciting to play Syracuse and to come back to my home state,” McDuffie said. “You can say (I’ll have a chip on my shoulder) I guess, when I play Syracuse. But that’s OK. This is the (recruiting) process and I understand that things happen.“I have nothing against Syracuse, I love the fan base, but the lack of communication made me have to part ways.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse commit and Class of 2017 outside linebacker Isaiah McDuffie said he chose to leave the Orange’s recruiting class after receiving two phone calls and one text in two months from the new coaching staff.“They would talk to me, but it wasn’t a priority,” McDuffie said. “It wasn’t like I was committed or like you’d expect. … I just wasn’t comfortable with the atmosphere, I mean the attitude of the program. I didn’t like the new feel of the coaching staff. They’re great men, no doubt about it, but it was not what I was looking for.”The Buffalo, New York prospect from Bennett High School had previously committed to Syracuse in July 2015 under then-head coach Scott Shafer. SU fired Shafer on November 23, 2015, which McDuffie said left him shocked and confused. Six months later, on Tuesday night, Shafer’s last future commit decommitted from SU. McDuffie committed to Boston College on Wednesday afternoon.He joins a team that finished winless in eight tries in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, the last loss coming on a final-second field goal in Syracuse. Paul Pasqualoni, who coached SU’s football team from 1991 to 2004, is an assistant coach on the defensive line at BC.McDuffie met Syracuse’s new coaching staff, lead by Dino Babers, on Junior Day at Syracuse. On Feb. 20, he toured the football facilities, saw SU men’s basketball play Pittsburgh and introduced himself to his then-future coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe then-commit stressed that he liked the coaches personally, but the lack of communication made him decide that he’d be better off parting ways with Syracuse.“(In the times we talked), they said they liked me a lot and that I’m going to be a good player in their system. We just had normal conversation,” McDuffie said. “… But if they are not communicating with you enough then you kind of get the message that they might not want you.”In March, weeks after his Syracuse visit, McDuffie talked with his parents and quietly re-opened his recruitment.center_img Published on May 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more