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Research Data Management

Research Data Management Workshops - Spring 2021

The University Libraries offer workshops on a variety of research data management topics. Workshops provide best practices for data management principles applicable to multiple disciplines. These workshops can be taken to fulfill requirements for the G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate Program and the Responsible Conduct of Research Supplemental Training Program. Workshops are online via Zoom and registrants will receive login information via email days prior to the workshop. 


Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice 

Sound data management practices can ensure long-term usability of your data, increase your productivity, and promote collaboration. This interactive workshop will teach you how to think about your data so that you can manage it more easily throughout your research process. We will cover best practices for workflows, file management, documentation, storage, and preservation. 

Audience: This workshop is helpful for researchers in any discipline and stage in their career.  Attendees currently planning or conducting research will benefit most from this workshop.

Register:
Friday, February 5 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2 |  5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 7 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Data Management Plans that Work for You

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are increasingly required by funders and publishers, but, just importantly, they can help you think through your research data management practices - saving you time and grief. In this workshop we will take a deep dive into the why and how of Data Management Plans and apply them to various funder requirements.

Audience: This workshop is helpful to anyone who works with research data at any point in the research process but particularly graduate students, faculty and staff applying for grants.

Register:
Tuesday, February 2 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, April 9 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 


Exploring and Navigating Data Danger Zones

The path to managing, preserving and sharing research data teems with danger zones. This workshop explores such data danger zones as article retractions, non-reproducibility, security losses and violation of funder mandates. We then highlight research data management practices and tools to navigate this path effectively. 

Audience: This workshop is helpful for researchers in any discipline and stage in their career.  Attendees currently planning or conducting research will benefit most from this workshop. 

Register: 
Thursday, February 25 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
 


Keeping your Research Data Out of the “Data Dumpster”

Publishing research data is more than uploading a few spreadsheets and a readme file, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating either. This workshop demonstrates tools to locate common data collection standards, reviews funder and publisher data sharing requirements and suggests criteria to evaluate repositories for preserving or sharing your research data.

Audience: This workshop is helpful for anyone who works with research data. Those currently planning or conducting research who are already familiar with research data management or have attended Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice or Creating a Data Management Plan will benefit most from this learning experience. 

Register:
Thursday, March 25 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. 


Publishing Data in the Texas Data Repository

Researchers are often required by journals and funders to publish research data. The University Libraries provide access to the Texas Data Repository; a platform for publishing and archiving datasets created by TAMU faculty, staff, and students. This workshop will introduce participants to FAIR Data Principles, share how to select a data repository, and demonstrate how to describe and publish data in the Texas Data Repository.
Audience: This workshop is most helpful for faculty, staff, students who plan to publish research data.

Register: 
Thursday, February 18 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, March 26 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 7 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


undefinedIncorporating Census Data in Your Research

Census data can be used to supplement your research. Including demographic or economic data can round out your research products for a more complete picture. In this workshop you will learn about census geographies, major census data products such as the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey, and how to download census data for analytic or GIS software. 

Audience: This workshop is most helpful for faculty, staff, students who are unfamiliar with the new census data website. 

Register:
Wednesday, March 24 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 


Creating Research Data Management Plans Using the DMPTool 

A good data management plan can save time, increase research efficiency, satisfy funders’ requirements, and make reproducibility and sharing easier. This interactive workshop will examine why Data Management Plans (DMPs) are important and the components of a basic DMP. We will also walk you through how to create a DMP utilizing the powerful DMPTool step by step. 

Audience: This workshop is helpful to anyone who works with research data at any point in the research process, but particularly graduate students, faculty and staff applying for grants.

Register:
Friday, March 5 | 11a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11 | 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Introduction to Open Science Framework

Open Science Frameworks (OSF) is a free and open source project management repository that supports researchers across the project lifecycle. Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, and share their materials and data for broader dissemination. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to the many research platforms researchers use to streamline their process and increase efficiency. Attendees will learn about the benefits of OSF and walk through the basic features of the platform. 

Audience: This workshop is helpful to anyone currently engaged in a research project. 

Register:
Friday, February 26 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.