Authors and Advisors


Sophia Lafferty-Hess

Sophia Lafferty-Hess obtained an M.S. in Information Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Sophia currently works at Duke University as a Senior Research Data Management Consultant where she provides data management and sharing instruction and guidance. Prior to joining Duke, Sophia worked at the UNC Odum Institute for Research in Social Science Data Archive where she curated digital research data to help ensure materials met data quality standards for reproducibility and reuse.

Rebecca W. Beerman, Ph.D.

Rebecca W. Beerman is a Scientific Integrity Associate in the ASIST office (Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services, and Training) at Duke University School of Medicine. She obtained her B.S. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, she joined Duke University as a Postdoctoral Associate and carried out research there until she recently started work in the ASIST office, focusing on improving data management practices and scientific research culture at Duke.

Jennifer L. Ariansen

Jennifer L. Ariansen is a Scientific Integrity Associate in the Duke School of Medicine Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services and Training office. Jennifer completed a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the ASIST team, Jennifer worked in science facilitation of maternal and pediatric clinical HIV trials at Family Health International. Throughout her career, Jennifer has held particular interest in research integrity and culture in both the basic and clinical research sciences.

Marcella Sarzotti-Kelsoe, Ph.D.

Marcella Sarzotti-Kelsoe, Associate Dean for Advancing Research Practices, directs the newly established Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services and Training (ASIST) Office at Duke University. The ASIST Office supports the Duke University School of Medicine's commitment to maintain an environment of scientific integrity. She is a faculty member in the Departments of Immunology and Surgery, with training and experience in basic and translational immunology. She also directs a Global Quality Assurance Program, developed and pioneered at Duke University, to oversee compliance with Good Clinical Laboratory Practice Guidelines by domestic and international laboratories performing endpoint immunogenicity and proficiency testing for multiple HIV and non-HIV vaccine clinical trials.

Lead advisors

Rebecca L. Davies, Ph.D.

Rebecca L. Davies received her Ph.D. in comparative animal physiology from the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine department at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the Director of Quality Central at the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. Quality Central provides scientists with tools and support for integrating quality assurance (QA) best practices into academic research, service and training programs. Rebecca is developing training programs for research trainees and other scientists to help them use quality management systems and QA best practices to provide assurance that research data and records are accurate, complete, and can be readily reconstructed. This assurance stems from the use of good documentation practices, the integration of quality checkpoints throughout the research life cycle, and the adoption of research monitoring strategies to ensure continuous improvement.

Rebecca's interests include the adoption of voluntary QA practices within non-regulated research programs, sustainable models for incorporating research QA into basic research environments, research on research to improve research rigor and reproducibility, and the use of laboratory error data and QA metrics to drive continuous improvement in laboratory and research settings.

Richard Coico, Ph.D.

Richard Coico is Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Center at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. As an immunologist, his research focuses on the investigation of lymphocyte regulation of immune responses. His translational research activities include the study of peptide immunization strategies to develop effective vaccines. His laboratory uses computational and bioinformatics approaches to identify candidate peptide vaccines for hemorrhagic viruses such as Ebola and Lassa. His group was the first to identify immunogenic Lassa virus peptides capable of stimulating protective cytotoxic T cell responses. Richard has been a leader in medical education, specifically as it relates to the biomedical disciplines of microbiology and immunology. He has served on the National Board of Medical Examiners and has chaired several national meetings including those sponsored by the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs organization of which he is past-President.


E. Andrew Balas, M.D., Ph.D.

E. Andrew Balas leads academic, local, and national initiatives facilitating innovative life sciences research responsive to societal needs and developing global competitiveness in the production of new scientific knowledge. Andrew serves as Professor at Augusta University, Director of the Biomedical Research Innovation Laboratory, Vice President of the Friends of the NIH National Library of Medicine, member of the American College of Medical Informatics, and is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. His studies about delay and waste in the transfer of research results to health care are often mentioned reference points in translational research initiatives. The results have been cited by numerous research studies and policy-makers. His academic credentials include over 100 publications, externally funded research in excess of 10 million dollars and publications that cumulatively attracted thousands of citations. He obtained degrees in medicine (M.D.), medical informatics (Ph.D.), and applied mathematics (MS).

Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.

Dr. Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the Social Sciences D-Lab and the Digital Humanities (DH) at University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is the lead online course developer of the SAGE Campus "Introduction to Applied Data Science Methods for Social Scientists." She received a master's degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her doctorate is in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation from UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in organizational theory and behavior and in educational and language policy implementation. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others, have recognized her scholarly work and service contributions.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Module structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Module files

    Module 2: Data and resource sharing

    • How data and resource sharing support research quality and reproducibility
    • Stakeholder requirements for data and resource sharing
    • Pros and cons of data sharing
    • Sharing resources
    • Methodological transparency
    • Resources for data sharing
    • Selecting a repository
    • Being a good data citizen
    • Application


  • Module summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Video interviews with professors discussing methodological transparency.
  • Interviews with repository providers, in which they talk about the services they supply.
  • Interactive scenario-based activities that encourage you to reflect on and respond to data-sharing issues.

Supporting institutions

  • Boston University, Boston MA
  • Duke University, Durham NC
  • Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • Oxford University, Oxford UK
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
  • University of Southern Maine, Portland ME