Intro to Data Management workshop

The University Library’s Savvy Researcher Workshops will have a repeat of the data management session:

Intro to Data Management Tuesday, November 13 3:00 – 4:30pm 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 Plans for NSF & NIH Grants

Institute for Genomic Biology Seminar

Data Plans for NSF and NIH Grants Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at noon 612 Institute for Genomic Biology Presented by: Sarah Williams & Sarah Shreeves

As has been widely announced, NSF now requires a data management plan (DMP) to be submitted with each grant proposal, and for several years, NIH has required a data sharing plan to be submitted with a grant application over a certain amount. This seminar will begin with a brief overview of these requirements but will focus on practical information and resources for meeting these requirements, such as the DMPTool (an online tool for creating DMPs). Data support and resources from the University Library will also be discussed.

Data in NSF Bio Sketch

The National Science Foundation has announced changes to its Grant Proposal Guidelines , which take effect January 2013. One of the significant changes is related to Biographical Sketches. The “Publications” section has been changed to “Products,” which means that datasets can be included along with publications and other research products.

NSF describes the change as:

Chapter II.C.2.f(i)(c), Biographical Sketch(es), has been revised to rename the Publications section to Products and amend terminology and instructions accordingly. This change makes clear that products may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights.”

Reminder: 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.

DataUp: A tool for Excel

DataUp is described as “an open source tool helping researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data. DataUp operates within the scientist’s workflow and integrates with Microsoft Excel.” It is a project of the California Digital Library, and is currently in beta. You can follow the DataUp news on the Data Pub blog .

DataUp’s main features:

  • Checks .xlsx or .csv files for issues that do not follow data management best practices, such as special characters, columns with mixed data types, and missing header rows
  • Guides users through the creation of standardized metadata that describes the data at the file or column level
  • Helps users obtain identifiers for their datasets
  • Allows datasets to be deposited in a repository; DataUp is connected to the ONEShare repository, which is a DataONE member node