Department COVID-19 Updates:
COVID-19 Research Planning

Research Data Listening Sessions

UNL faculty are invited to join one or more listening sessions this summer to help shape the future of research data services and infrastructure at Nebraska.

The Office of Research and Economic Development, Holland Computing Center, University Libraries and University of Nebraska Information Technology Services are jointly conducting a tour of listening sessions to learn from faculty about research data needs now and looking to the future.

Now is the time to share your perspective on this important topic. As we strive to meet the N2025 goals to grow research, work across disciplines and collectively respond to grand challenges, we must ensure that our research data infrastructure and personnel are equipped to meet the task. These sessions are also intended to help inform a search for the next director of Holland Computing Center.


Each listening session listed below will broadly focus on a specific topic in which we know there to be research data needs. We understand many faculty work across topic areas. The sessions are structured to hear from faculty who may have similar needs, or common scientific communities they reference for best data practices. Please sign up for the session in which you best fit or feel free to join more than one session. The session format provide break out rooms as needed to hear from subgroups of attendees about more focused or unique needs.

Each listening session will be a 60-90 minute virtual Zoom meeting. Sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, with the last 30 minutes for anyone wishing to stay for additional sharing and discussion.

Questions will be posed related to both personnel support and physical infrastructure needs. Topics will include data storage (active and archived; on-premise versus cloud); data processing and analysis infrastructure (data storage intensive, CPU, GPUs); data management techniques; software application needs; sensitive data requirements; data archiving, curating and data repositories for sharing; funder and publisher requirements; and data consultation services.

These discussions are for internal purposes only to inform research data processes and services and will be recorded only to ensure all input is captured.

Additional Feedback

For faculty unable to join a listening session or who wish to share more after a session, please offer additional feedback via this web form.

Questions about this process may be directed to Jen Nelson, director of research strategy and infrastructure, Office of Research and Economic Development.


Once you register for a session, you’ll receive an email providing the session questions in advance, along with the Zoom link.

Monday, June 22, 3-4:30 p.m.

Architecture listening session


Wednesday, June 24, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Business listening session


Thursday, June 25, 3:30-5 p.m.

Chemistry listening session


Wednesday, July 1, 9:30-11 a.m.

Climate and Environmental Data listening session


Tuesday, June 30, 9-10:30 a.m.

Computational Humanities, Media, and Arts listening session


Tuesday, June 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Computational Social Sciences listening session


Tuesday, June 30, 2:30-4 p.m.

Computer Science and Engineering listening session


Wednesday, July 15, 12:30-2 p.m.

Education listening session


Thursday, July 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Engineering listening session


Tuesday, July 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Genomics and bioinformatics listening session


Friday, July 10, 9-10:30 a.m.

Genomics and bioinformatics listening session (2nd session)


Thursday, July 9, 3-4:30

Imaging listening session


Wednesday, July 8, 9-10:30 a.m.

Mathematics and statistics listening session


Tuesday, July 14, 1-2:30 p.m.

Physics listening session


Thursday, July 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

Sensitive data listening session


Monday, July 13, 3-4:30 p.m.

Transportation listening session