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Pathways to Research Data Management series

Pathways to Research Data Management is a series of workshops developed by the University of Victoria Libraries to support students and faculty in developing new skills and knowledge to support the management of their research data

The Pathways to Research Data Management series

Pathways to Research Data Management is a series of workshops developed by the University of Victoria Libraries to support students and faculty in developing new skills and knowledge to support the management of their research data.

The workshops in this series are currently comprised of the following:

  1. Introduction to research data management
  2. Introduction to data management plans
  3. Version control with GitHub
  4. Data cleaning skills with OpenRefine
  5. Geocode your data with QGIS and StatsCan PCCF
  6. Qualitative data management with Taguette
  7. Don't let your data go dark! Data Repositories for discovery and preservation

Love Your Data Week

Celebrate Love Your Data Week from February 8-12, 2021 by registering for any of these workshops online! Workshops are open to all UVic students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required.

All these workshops are part of the Pathways to Research Data Management series.

Introduction to Research Data Management
Facilitators: Aditi Gupta, Engineering Librarian, and Jessica Mussell, Distance Learning and Research Librarian

Wondering what exactly research data management is, and what it entails?  Join us to find out more about the data lifecycle and the importance of research data management.

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Register here: https://libcal.uvic.ca/event/3588204 

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Introduction to Data Management Plans

Facilitators: Kathleen Matthews, Science and Anthropology Librarian, and Shahira Khair, Data Curation Librarian

Aimed at grad student and faculty researchers, this workshop reviews the key components of a data management plan and offers guidance on how to improve the management of your research data for long-term use and preservation.

In this hands-on session, participants will have the opportunity to create their own data management plan using the online DMP Assistant platform.

DMP Assistant is a bilingual tool for preparing data management plans (DMPs). The tool follows best practices in data stewardship and walks researchers step-by-step through key questions about data management.

  • Create an account and select a template to start writing your DMP
  • Answer the questions that are relevant to your work, and follow guidance embedded
  • Add collaborators to your DMP to co-edit or review
  • Export your DMP into a PDF or other file format to share with granting agencies and colleagues
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Version Control with GitHub
 Facilitator: Rich McCue


Similar to Google Drive, Github is a service that lets you store, share, and download information on/from the web in repositories or “repos.” Although specially designed for code and documentation, it can also store many types or formats (e.g. images, PDFs, spreadsheets, 3D models).

Participants will be able to do the following by the end of this orientation:

Be aware of a range of use cases for GitHub. What is version control and why should I use it? Install and setup GitHub and Atom text editor Create a local git repository Commit & track changes locally Explore change history & ignore files Collaborate with colleagues on the GitHub website Branch a repository & submit pull requests. Know how to resolve conflicts with your changes Using Git in RStudio Version control for binary files (docx, jpg, etc) Be able to manage the contents of an existing folder on your laptop in GitHub Learn to use an open-source repository for searching academic articles

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Data cleaning skills with OpenRefine
Facilitator: Shahira Khair, Data Curation Librarian


Are you struggling with cleaning and organizing your large data sets? Consider registering for our upcoming workshop introducing participants to using OpenRefine for data cleaning. OpenRefine is an open source application for data cleaning and transformation, also known as data wrangling. OpenRefine allows you to view and manipulate large quantities of data, making it an excellent tool for wrangling big data sets.

By the end of this workshop, participants will gain experience conducting key data cleaning practices, including:

Removing duplicate records Analyzing the occurrence of values throughout a data set Clustering and standardizing values Separating multiple values contained in the same field Joining multiple values contained in separate fields
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Geocode data with QGIS and StatsCan PCCF

Facilitators: Daniel Brendle-Moczuk, Geospatial & Social Sciences Data Librarian,  and Alexei Goudine, UVic Geography grad student

Utilising QGIS participants will learn to:

  1. Load (GPS points or study sites, etc) and display these points on a map
  2. Geocode data, that is, place data with postal codes, on a map

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between (non geospatial) data and (GIS-ready) geospatial data
  • Identify the main features of Statistics Canada Postal Code Conversion File-PCCF
  • List the fundamental functions of GIS
  • Recognise the usefulness of geocoding data

NOTE: Participants MUST download and install QGIS version 3.10 - Long term release, PRIOR to the workshop. The use of a mouse with a scroll wheel is highly recommended. Some GIS experience would be helpful but not entirely necessary.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Qualitative Data Management with Taguette Online

Facilitator: Sharon Dias

Taguette is a user-friendly and free web-based tool that helps researchers to work on their qualitative data. Taguette is a great tool for those who need to analyze interviews, reports, transcripts of any kinds, and a variety of text. With the tool, we can create codes and analyse texts easily and export in different file formats. If you have some or a lot of text to analyse, Taguette might be a great option for you.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Register here: https://libcal.uvic.ca/event/3589216
 
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email

Don’t let your data go dark! Data repositories for discovery and preservation Online

Facilitator: Corey Davis, Digital Preservation Librarian

By making your data open and discoverable, you not only increase its potential to drive new discoveries, but enable a wider audience for your research. The best way to do this is by depositing your data in a trusted data repository. This session will provide an overview of several tools available to researchers at UVic, including the Open Science Framework (OSF), Dataverse, and the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). Don’t let your data go dark! Make sure it lives on in a trusted repository!

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Intended Audiences

The intended audience for any of the workshops offered in the Pathways to Research Data Management series are:

  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • UVic Staff

These workshops were originally designed for grad students with little to no experience with research data management, however they are appropriate for a general audience.

For workshops involving the use of software or online tools, no prior knowledge is required.

Outline and learning outcomes

The workshops in this series range from 1-1.5 hours in length.  To see a full description of each workshop, as well as learning outcomes, refer to the tabbed menu on this guide.  To view the instruction materials for each workshop, visit our Open Science Framework page where instruction materials will be posted for sharing closer to the date.

In-class activities and instruction

Instructor notes and slides for each workshop in the Pathways to Research Data Management series can be found on our Open Science Framework site, closer to the workshop dates.

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