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New Datasets added to UMB Data Catalog
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024

Woman sits at computer monitor. The UMB Data Catalog is on the screen.

Happy Love Data Week! To kick things off, we are publishing the first in a new monthly series showcasing recent submissions to the UMB Data Catalog. The UMB Data Catalog facilitates discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. Sharing a record of your data in the Catalog is also a great way to demonstrate compliance with data sharing policies!

The latest records showcase datasets focusing on the biodiversity of mosquito bacterial communities, the influence of high-performance media on extracellular vesicles, the role of the dorsal bed nucleus of the striatal terminalis in motivated behaviors, and a rapid, cost-effective protocol for single nucleus isolation. Congrats to our UMB researchers on these publications!

Title: An optimized protocol for single nuclei isolation from clinical biopsies for RNA-seq
Authors:  Thomas V. Rousselle, Jennifer M. McDaniels, Amol C. Shetty, Elissa Bardhi, Daniel G. Maluf, Valeria R. Mas

Title: Approaches to Potentiated Neuroprotective Treatment in the Rodent Model of Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Authors: Zara Mehrabian, Yan Guo, Neil R. Miller, Amanda D. Henderson, Steven Roth, Steven L. Bernstein

Title: Culture Condition of Bone Marrow Stromal cells Affects Quantity and Quality of the Extracellular Vesicles
Authors: Amanda L. Scheiber, Cierra A. Clark, Takashi Kaito, Masahiro Iwamoto, Edwin M Horwitz, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Satoru Otsuru

Title: Relative contributions of various endogenous and exogenous factors to the mosquito microbiota
Authors:  Haikel N. Bogale, Abdoulaye K. Kone, Matthew V. Cannon, Ogobara K. Doumbo, Kalil Keita, Mahamadou A. Thera, Denka Camara, Christopher V. Plowe, Yaya Barry, Mark Travassos, Moussa Keita, Seth Irish, Drissa Coulibaly, David Serre

Thanks to Metadata Librarian, Eva Greitzer for creating and compiling these records!

Want to see your data listed in the UMB Data Catalog? Submit this form to get the process started.

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Love Data Week 2024 Starts Monday, Feb 12
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

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Have Data Questions? CDABS Can Help!
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

How do I write a data management plan? Where should I share my research data? How can I make a graph like I saw in a journal article? To these and other questions, CDABS may have the answers.

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the HSHSL’s hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication. We offer a comprehensive range of services for working with data at each stage of your research project, from do-it-yourself guides and tutorials to interactive workshops and personalized consultations.
CDABS offers:

  • Support for writing NIH-compliant Data Management and Sharing Plans, including expert feedback on plans
  • Instruction in R and Python programming
  • The UMB Data Catalog, which provides descriptions of datasets from UMB researchers
  • Facilitated access to special datasets, repositories, and data management tools, such as All of Us, ICPSR, and OSF
  • Free and individualized consultations on a wide range of topics, such as choosing a data repository, finding secondary datasets, developing file-naming schemes, and visualizing data

Visit the CDABS web portal to quickly and easily navigate the many data and bioinformation related resources and services we provide at the HSHSL, as well as those on campus and beyond.

For questions, contact your Data Services Librarians Amy Yarnell and Irmarie Fraticelli at

Love Data Week 2023 Starts Monday, Feb 13!
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2023

Love Data Week (Feb. 13 to 17) is an international celebration of all things data! Each year, the Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) looks forward to engaging our community on issues like data management, sharing, wrangling, and visualization, as well as open and reproducible science.

This year for Love Data Week we are focused on the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy that recently came into effect January 25, 2023. If you will be submitting an NIH grant application in the near future, CDABS is here to help! Be sure to check out our new resource guide on the topic.

You may also be interested in the following Love Data Week events hosted by our friends at the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) and ICPSR:

Navigating the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy with ICPSR's NIH-funded Projects: DSDR, NACDA, and NAHDAP, Mon. Feb. 13 1:00pm ET

Please join us for a webinar about ICPSR's NIH-funded Projects: DSDR, NACDA, and NAHDAP. Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. DSDR advances population health and human development research by offering access to data on mother and child health, health disparities, and the human lifecycle for secondary analysis. NACDA is the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging and is funded by the National Institute on Aging. For nearly 40 years, NACDA has sought to support behavioral and social science research on healthy aging worldwide by making longitudinal data resources freely available. The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Since 2009, NAHDAP’s mission has been to facilitate research on drug addiction and HIV infection by acquiring, enhancing, preserving, and sharing data.  Registration link

Loving Longitudinal Data: Added Value Access to NACDA Collections Using the NACDA Colectica Portal, Tues. Feb. 14 2:00pm ET

For nearly 40 years, NACDA has been ICPSR's archive for data on aging. NACDA hosts collections funded by the National Institute on Aging, and with NIA’s support provides preservation and access to data from the Midlife in the United States study (MIDUS), the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, and many more longitudinal data collections. During this webinar, we will provide an overview of NACDA and the NACDA Colectica Portal, and describe the benefits of accessing NACDA through the portal and the NACDA website.   Registration link

Creating Data Management Plans with DMPTool, Wed. Feb. 15 1:00pm ET

The DMPTool is a free tool that walks users through creating comprehensive data management plans. This webinar will guide attendees through data management plan basics, creating a DMPTool profile, and exploring available templates and planning resources.  Registration link (may need to create or log in to free NNLM account to register)

All of Us Researcher Workbench, Thurs. Feb 16 3:00pm ET

This presentation will provide a look at the NNLM All of Us Research Program’s Researcher Workbench, which is a cloud-based platform where registered researchers can access Registered and Controlled Tier data. Its powerful tools support data analysis and collaboration.  Registration link

Finally, as always, you can join the conversation on social media #LoveData23 and #UMBLovesData.

Questions? Contact Amy Yarnell, data services librarian, at

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.

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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 (

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    (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)