On September 4, the Research Commons took its services on the road for the first time, as Josh Sadvari (Research Commons Program Manager & GIS Specialist) and Amanda Rinehart (Data Management Services Librarian) traveled to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Connie Britton of the OARDC Library arranged a presentation to the OARDC Administrative Cabinet in the morning, in which Josh outlined a four-pronged service approach (education and training, referrals, consultations, and a space to showcase) for enabling and supporting the work of Ohio State researchers.

In the afternoon, Amanda facilitated a workshop covering best practices for managing data, sharing data, and creating a data management plan, as well as information about ORCID research identifiers. The workshop featured a lot of discussion, and hot topics included Open Access for journal articles, ownership of data, and common difficulties of data management. Check out Amanda’s Data Management Services page for some resources related to the topics covered in the workshop.

Amanda Rinehart (center) speaks with researchers at OARDC about data management.

Amanda Rinehart (center) speaks with researchers at OARDC about data management.

We would like to express our gratitude to the researchers at OARDC, including the administrators, faculty, postdocs, and graduates who participated in discussion and provided us with valuable feedback about the ways in which the Research Commons could assist them in their work. For example, we know from our conversations at OARDC that live streaming workshops and other Research Commons events is a high priority for this community, and we are working to provide these kinds of distance learning opportunities in the future.

If you have questions about the Research Commons or suggestions for ways that we can best address your needs as a researcher at Ohio State, we would love to hear from you too!

Please email us at researchcommons@osu.edu.