Data Management Training Sessions

Fall 2014 Data Management Workshop Series

Library’s Research Data Services’, Data Management Consulting Group will announce its Fall 2014 Data Management Training Series soon. Workshops offered in the Fall will be similar to those we offered in the Spring (see below). We will announce our workshops on the Research Data Services newsletter click here to subscribe.

Spring 2014 Series

Planning for Data Management

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Wednesday, 2/26    2:00 – 3:30
Registration is closed for the Feb 26 workshop, but see additional offerings below.

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Thursday, 3/20    2:00 – 3:30

Carter Classroom, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library    Thursday, 4/03    3:00 – 4:30

What’s your plan for managing the data from your current and proposed research projects? Join us for a data management planning workshop designed to help researchers start thinking about questions such as: What standards for file naming and metadata will you use?  What repository will you deposit your data into? Do you need permission to share your data?  We will: discuss critical components of data management planning, provide hands-on practice with methods to name and organize files, review helpful data management resources, and give you a framework to develop your own data management plan.  We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.

Managing Collaborations with Collaboration Management Systems: UVa Box, UVa Collab, Google Docs & Google Drive

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Thursday, 3/06    10:00 – 11:30
Much research is done collaboratively — between colleagues, graduate students, and fellow researchers at UVa and across institutions.  We’ll look at tools to facilitate and manage research collaborations.  Do you need a ‘static’ tool that provides safe and secure file sharing, a ‘dynamic’ tool that will allow interactive editing of documents, or tool that will allow virtual face-to-face discussions and presentations?  You probably want a system that includes all of these components.  We’ll look at what is available from the University, and some of the openly available options.

Data Documentation and Metadata

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Tuesday, 3/18    2:00 – 3:30
A critical part of making data usable and shareable is to ensure they can be understood and interpreted by others. This requires clear and detailed data description, annotation and contextual information. In addition, you will need to retain details about your data collection and methodology at least until the end of your project. Data documentation and metadata is a vital part of managing your research data that needs to be done throughout the project, not just at the end. Come learn and explore tools like Colectica, Nesstar, Morpho, and iPhoto that will help you document your data while you collect and analyze it.

Intro to Designing and Building Databases

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Thursday, 3/27    10:00 – 11:30 
When data gets too unwieldy for storage in basic text files or spreadsheets, databases may be a good solution. This workshop will cover database fundamentals and guide you through the three steps of database design. Additionally, during this session we will give you hands-on opportunity to create a database using Microsoft Access. No prior experience with databases or database software is required.

Finding and Acquiring Data: Discovering data from library and non-library sources

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Tuesday, 4/1    1:00 – 2:30
You’re looking for data for your project: where do you find it and how do you acquire it?  You’ll learn how to identify potential sources of data, locate the data you need, and how to gain access to it.  We’ll explore the library’s collections and subscriptions, in addition to data residing in repositories that can be identified by data citations and article references.

Preserving and Sharing Data: Best Practices and requirements for selecting a data sharing repository

CLIC, Bavaro 306    Tuesday, 4/15    1:00 – 2:30
You’ve finished your project, and need to find a location to store or share your data.  We’ll look at the best practices and requirements for selecting an appropriate data sharing repository.  You’ll learn about the repository registries, how to search them for available options for your data and what you will need to deposit it in them.  We’ll also show you how to create your own repository on the Dataverse Network if none of the existing repositories are appropriate.

Workshop: Data Management for Graduate Students Part I

Why Should You Care about Managing Your Research?

Scholars’ Lab Room 421, Alderman Library       Wednesday, 4/2           3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
No registration necessary.

Does your research result in stacks of books, folders of newspaper clippings, boxes of photographs, digital files, and more? How do you keep connections between physical and digital materials? This workshop introduces the ‘what and why’ of managing your research. We will explore your individual practices as we assess a variety of research management practices. The workshop assumes no prior knowledge and is particularly focused on management of humanities and social sciences research materials.

Workshop: Data Management for Graduate Students Part II

Best Practices for Managing Research – How to keep your stuff organized and “shareable”

Scholars’ Lab Room 421, Alderman Library Wednesday, 4/9 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
No registration necessary.

This workshop will cover best practices for collecting and organizing humanities and social sciences research related to the goal of data preservation and sharing. We will focus on best practices and tips for collecting data, including file naming, and documentation/metadata. This workshop assumes no prior knowledge.