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DABS Volume 4 Issue 1: Celebrate Open Access Week with Open Data!
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2021

Today wraps up another yearly Open Access Week!. That means it's a great time to think about any datasets you may have submitted to an open access journal or placed in an open repository and to make sure those datasets get included in the UMB Data Catalog.


What is the UMB Data Catalog?
The UMB Data Catalog, a service of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HSHSL) Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS), facilitates the discovery of datasets and research products created or used by UMB researchers. Each dataset record includes a description, keywords, contact information, links to associated articles, and more.  

The catalog is not a repository to store datasets; it describes them. By having a record for your dataset in the Data Catalog, you can increase the visibility of your research on campus and beyond. Datasets are discoverable through a search in the UMB Data Catalog, Google’s Dataset Search (beta), and Google. Use the link to your dataset record in articles, CVs, and your web profile.

Still need to find a repository for your data? 
There is an ever-increasing number of options out there for sharing and storing data. At CDABS, we can help you sort through these options and find an appropriate fit for your data that takes into account funding or publisher requirements, discipline, size, privacy requirements, data type, and more.

Have data, but it’s not open?
We know that many researchers here at UMB work with sensitive data that may not be appropriate for open repositories. By listing your data in the Data Catalog, you can still let the world know your data exists, provide access to valuable metadata, or set up an application process allowing for restricted access to the data. Be sure to talk to us about options for repositories that can handle sensitive data like ICPSR and QDR, or about setting up data use agreements.  

Learn more about the UMB Data Catalog in this tutorial.

Request a consultation or submit your dataset to the Data Catalog.


The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

Questions? Contact:  Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist and Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications


DABS Volume 3 Issue 3: Data News Roundup
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

In this edition of Data and Bioinformation stuff, we bring you exciting news and updates from around the data world.

UMB is now an OSF Member Institution

OSF, a project of the Center for Open Science, is a free and open source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle. It's a great product to help you collaborate and share resources with your team and others!

The HSHSL has recently coordinated UMB's membership in OSF, which means that you will soon be able to log in to OSF with your UMB credentials, and you will have the option to affiliate your project with UMB. All UMB affiliated projects will show up on a special landing page - a great way to promote all the great work we do here! Stay tuned for more information and resources on using OSF in the near future.

We here at CDABS love using OSF to share materials from our workshops. See OSF in action by checking out our workshops page here: https://osf.io/eyk4d/.

Open to All - ICPSR's Virtual Biennial Meeting

ICPSR is the world's largest repository of social science data. All University of Maryland Baltimore staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings for free! It can be a great place to find data, share data, and learn about working with data.

From October 6-8, ICPSR will be holding their biennial meeting. This meeting is free, virtual, and open to the public. The theme of the meeting is "Data Positivity: Data Doing Good". The sessions will provide numerous opportunities to learn more about ICPSR data, including how to find and access it. Check out the meeting page to find out more and register.

NIH's All of Us Research Program Offers Expanded COVID-19 Data in Latest Release

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, is a historic precision medicine effort to collect and study data from a diverse cohort of one million or more participants living in the United States. In the program's latest data release, the second major update since it launched, tens of thousands of records have been added containing COVID-19 related data from the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) survey, electronic health records, and wearable devices. Read more about this newest update in the official press release

Not sure how to get started using All of Us data? Check out our step-by-step guide on getting registered to use the All of Us Researcher Workbench, and please reach out to CDABS if you have any questions about the process or using Workbench tools!


The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

Questions? Contact: Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian and Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications


DABS Volume 3 Issue 2: CDABS is hiring! Come work here!
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

We are growing! As part of our growth we are looking for a creative and collaborative Statistics and Research Data Specialist to join the Data and Bioinformation Services department, the home of CDABS. The Statistics and Research Data Specialist is a key member of a team responsible for advancing the Library’s research data support mission at UMB. This is a part-time position at 30 hours/week.

This position provides consultation services to students, postdocs, and staff, providing assistance with statistical aspects of research design, data interpretation and analysis, and on the use of software supporting this work. They serve as a vital team member of HSHSL’s CDABS.

In a strong team environment, they collaborate with other members of the Services Division, and with colleagues Library-wide to develop and deliver innovative programs and services. In addition to advancing HSHSL priorities, they engage with the University community and participate in professional and scholarly activities.

To apply for and find out more about the job go here: https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/umb_external_staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100016R&lang=en


Questions? Contact: Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian and Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications


DABS Volume 3 Issue 1: Upcoming NCBI Workshops
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

About the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

NCBI is the national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics; facilitating the use of such databases and software by the research and medical community; coordinating efforts to gather biotechnology information both nationally and internationally; and performing research into advanced methods of computer-based information processing for analyzing the structure and function of biologically important molecules.

NCBI Outreach Events

The NCBI Outreach Events page (https://ncbiinsights.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ncbi-outreach-events/) allows you to search and apply for upcoming NCBI webinars, workshops, codeathons, and other outreach activities.

Some exciting upcoming workshop and codeathon opportunities include: 

Make sure to go learn about these and other opportunities NCBI has to offer and feel free to reach out to CDABS with any questions you may have about using NCBI resources. 


The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

Questions? Contact: Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian and Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications


Citation List

  • A Model for Centralizing Data and Bioinformation Services at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Courneya JP, Yarnell A. Project Briefing presented at: Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Membership Meeting; 2020 Nov 10 - Dec 15; Virtual.

    (CDABS primary work)

  • Creating campuswide engagement opportunities with library professionals through promotion of Love Data Week 2020. Yarnell A, Courneya JP. Posted presented at: Medical Library Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC/MLA) Annual Meeting; 2020 Oct 19-21; Virtual.

    (CDABS primary work)

  • Delayed microglial depletion after spinal cord injury reduces chronic inflammation and neurodegeneration in the brain and improves neurological recovery in male mice. Li Y, Ritzel RM, Khan N, Cao T, He J, Lei Z, Matyas JJ, Sabirzhanov B, Liu S, Li H, Stoica BA, Loane DJ, Faden AI, Wu J. Theranostics. 2020 Sep 14;10(25):11376-11403. doi: 10.7150/thno.49199.

      Read It

    (CDABS contribution: Functional gene enrichment analysis)

  • Full-length IL-33 regulates Smad3 phosphorylation and gene transcription in a distinctive AP2-dependent manner. Luzina IG, Fishelevich R, Hampton BS, Courneya JP, Parisella FR, Lugkey KN, Baleno FX, Choi D, Kopach P, Lockatell V, Todd NW, Atamas SP. Cell Immunol. 2020 Nov;357:104203. doi: 10.1016/j.cellimm.2020.104203. Epub 2020 Sep 2.

      Read It

    (CDABS contribution: Bioinformatics, Visualization)

  • High-performance computing service for bioinformatics and data science. Courneya JP, Mayo A. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018 Oct;106(4):494-495. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.512. Epub 2018 Oct 1.

      Read It

    (CDABS primary work)

  • High-performance computing service in the Health Science and Human Services Library at University of Maryland Baltimore. Mayo A and Courneya JP. [version 1; not peer reviewed]. F1000Research 2018, 7(ISCB Comm J):1089 (https://doi.org/10.7490/f1000research.1115828.1)

      Read It

    (CDABS primary work)

  • PubRunner: A light-weight framework for updating text mining results. Anekalla KR, Courneya JP, Fiorini N, Lever J, Muchow M, Busby B. F1000Res. 2017 May 2;6:612. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11389.2.

      Read It

    (CDABS contribution: Informatics, programming)