Workshops

RDS, in collaboration with Scholarly Commons, regularly hosts several data management and data publishing workshops each semester. We are also happy to visit labs and other research units to provide specialized talks and workshops. Let us know what your group would be interested in hearing about, or get more information about our service.

Need directions to a workshop? Directions to our most common locations are here (or scroll down to the bottom of this page).

Looking for previous material?  Check out our Past Workshops page!

Request a Workshop

Would your department, team, or student group like a customized data management talk or workshop? RDS regularly works with teams of all sizes and disciplines to remix our core data management presentations and activities for their needs. Take a look at our Past Workshops page to preview our core content. Contact us to schedule a workshop or training session, or let us know if we can advise your team on any other area of data management.

2017-18 Workshops

Fall 2017

Intro to Data Management

October 16, 11-12pm, Main Library 314 (registration link) (room directions)
Worksheets and slides forthcoming

Participants will learn the benefits of best practices for managing research data. This interactive session will present components of data management and provide tools to identify gaps in individual’s current practices. This is Workshop 1 of three workshops in the Research Data Management series.

Smart and Simple Data Management

October 17, 11-12:30pm, Funk/ACES 509 (registration link) (room directions)
Worksheets and slides forthcoming

This session aims to provide you with data management best practices and tools to increase your research efficiency and impact. We’ll present a basic introduction to data management using a data management plan framework, guide you through a hands-on activity, and discuss how to find and vet resources for making data publicly accessible.

Data Documentation

October 19, 1-2pm, Main Library 314 (registration link) (room directions)
Worksheets and slides are forthcoming

Writing documentation for your project, code, and data doesn’t need to be the worst part of your day. This hands on workshop will give you experience using various types of documentation, discuss strategies for writing documentation, and get you started creating a template for your projects.  Bring a dataset you’d like to work with if you have one but examples will be provided.

Data Sharing

October 31, 11-12pm, Main Library 314 (registration link) (room directions)
Worksheets and slides are forthcoming

Making research data public is becoming a reality for many disciplines, but for many researchers and disciplines there is a complicated set of issues to consider before publication or sharing of data. This workshop will cover the basic steps of research data sharing & publication, from initial considerations to depositing. Participants will work through guidance to help them make decisions about when and how to publish or share data.

Data Workflows

November 7, 11-12pm, Main Library 314 (registration link) (room directions)
Worksheets and slides are forthcoming

Workflow mapping is a useful tool for teams of all sizes to understand how data, code, and other resources are being shared and passed around.  Like retracing your steps after losing something, tracing a project through workflows identifies all the essential products and dependencies of the research process, and can be one of the most useful places to get started with data management.  This workshop focuses specifically on computational research processes, but can be adapted to most types of projects.

 

Room Directions

Our regularly scheduled workshops usually take place in the same room each semester. However, that is subject to change due to class size or room availability. If the workshop is scheduled for a different location than those listed below, different directions will apply.

Main Library workshops are usually in Room 314. Take the north stairwell (Armory and Wright Street entrance) to the 3rd floor of the Main Library, and make a left as you exit the stairs.

Grainger Library workshops are usually in Room 335. Take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor. Room 335 is next to the restrooms, overlooking the Gallery.

The Funk/ACES workshop is usually in Room 509. Take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. The elevator to the fifth floor is to the left of the reference desk, next to the women’s restroom. After you exit the elevator on the fifth floor, Room 509 is the second door on your left.