Coursera – Clinical Data Management

Coursera, the consortium of universities offering free online courses, will offer a Data Management for Clinical Research course. It will be taught by biomedical informatics faculty at Vanderbilt University – Paul A. Harris, Stephany Duda, and Firas Wehbe. The course will be 6 weeks long, and it will include theoretical guidelines and practical tools related to research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.

Data Citation Index to be released

In late 2012, the Data Citation Index will be a new addition (with an additional cost) to the Web of Knowledge platform from Thomson Reuters. The index will include content from established repositories from around the world in a variety of disciplines. A Repository Evaluation, Selection, and Coverage Policies essay provides more details about the repository selection process.

When released, the index will contain over 80 repositories, and the distribution by discipline is expected to be:

  • Life Sciences – 54%
  • Social Sciences – 21%
  • Physical Sciences – 17%
  • Arts & Humanities – 4%
  • Multidisciplinary – 3%

Reminder: Data Management workshop

The University Library’s Savvy Researcher Workshops include a data management session this fall:

Intro to Data Management Thursday, September 27 5:00-6:30pm Main Library, Room 314 Registration is required.

If you keep hearing about research data management but dont really know what its all about, this session is for you, whether you are a faculty member competing for NSF grants, a researcher managing data for a lab, a graduate student wanting to develop an in-demand skill, or a librarian wanting to help researchers and students with data. The goal of data management is to ensure that data is secure, discoverable and preserved for future use, by you and other researchers. This session will cover the benefits of managing data; ways to manage data on a day-to-day basis (e.g., file naming, storage, versioning); key points for preserving data; options for sharing data; and datas unique issues with citations, intellectual property and privacy.

Presenters: Sarah Shreeves, Sarah Williams, and Lura Joseph

To register and to see the full schedule of Savvy Researcher Workshops:

Data Purchase Program

The University Library’s Data Purchase Program allows UIUC faculty and graduate students to apply for funds ($5,000 or less) to acquire numeric or spatial data for their research.

See the full announcement for information about eligible data sets, selection criteria, the application process, and other requirements.

The application deadline is October 15, 2012, and awards should be announced by December 1, 2012.