Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, gives a brief commentary on the perils of managing research data with inconsistent or non-standardized date formats. Tapping into the stories of statisticians and ecologists, Briney notes that despite being a more western, Gregorian-based system, the international standard ISO 8601 provides benefits of consistency, formatting, extensibility, and sorting. And while ISO 8601 doesn't play nicely with Microsoft Excel, the author provides several ways around the problem. She concludes that "ISO 8601 is a natural partner for research data management" and encourages other researchers to adopt the standard.
What can medical librarians do to better support patrons? How can clinical medicine and research librarians work together to foster an environment of improved research cycles and patient outcomes? Bardyn et al. address these concerns and others through a demonstration of what the University of Washington's Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) program has accomplished since its inception. The authors introduce basic concepts in clinical and translational research and then provide background and methodology for how they improved researcher-focused spaces, clinical research support services, and research data management services. They conclude that "initiatives like TRAIL are vital to supporting universities’ clinical data research efforts," noting that "[i]n uniting leading on-campus health sciences organizations, such initiatives build off the strengths of each partner" and encourage new skill sets to be developed to support cross-discipline research on campus.