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Data Fluencies: Fall 2018 Workshops

Workshops available to support data management and to help researchers who work with data.


All sessions are at 12pm in the WIC Seminar Room 124 in Van Pelt

Sessions are all stand-alone - you do not have to go to them in order. All sessions encourage discussion and questions. You're welcome to bring your lunch.

September 12

DMP Best Practices
Data management plans (DMPs) are becoming common requirements when applying for funding. This session will teach you what DMPs are asking of you, why they're more than a burdensome requirement, and how to follow the plan you create.

September 26

File Management: Keeping it all together
Learn about file naming and organization best practices and sustainable file types. You'll leave knowing best practices for naming and organizing files in ways that work for you.

October 10

Documenting Your Data for the Future
Learn how ReadMe files, code books, data dictionaries can help you make sense of your data in the future and how more formal metadata can be beneficial as well. You'll leave being able to decide which documentation practices exist, and which will work best for you, to describe your data better, and work more knowledgeably with metadata.

October 24

Other People's Data: What even is this?
Learn about reusing and interpreting other people's data. You'll leave knowing how to look for an employ data documentation and do some basic data cleaning for reuse.

November 7

Storage & Backup for Your Data
Learn about storage and backup best practices and why preservation and archiving might also be useful in ensuring access to your data for the long term. You'll leave knowing better habits for backing up and storing your data and understanding the differences between backup, storage, preservation, and archiving.

November 28

Data Visualization Best Practices
Learn about some basic things to keep in mind when creating visualizations of your data. You'll leave knowing how to make your visualizations accessible and more understandable. This is a very basic tips session on chart choice, color selection, and common mistakes that take away from meaning.

December 5

Ethical Considerations When Working with Data
Hear some classic data horror stories about personally identifying information being shared and other unethical practices for data researchers. Learn how to avoid making the same mistakes.

Office Hours

Office Hours are held at 12pm in WIC room 118

September 19

October 17

October 31

November 14


Consultations and workshops are available upon request. Contact to discuss needs.