Spring 2018 Holz Brown Bag Lineup

The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management presents talks on various data-related topics. Each presentation is held in room 126 of Memorial Library from noon to 1:00 PM (bring your lunch!).

 

March 13 (Tuesday) – Research Data Protection Brown Bag, Bob Turner, Chief Information Security Officer – UW Madison, and Stefan Wahe, Deputy CISO and HIPPA Officer – UW Madison

Many are familiar with the data management requirements and the significant security controls assigned to protect employee and student personal identity and health care information. Whether your research includes this type of data or simply needs added privacy should be understood when creating an information handling environment to conduct your important research.  Join the UW-Madison Chief Information Security Officer and the Deputy CISO who also serves as the HIPAA Security Officer as they discuss research data privacy and security.

 

April 18 – From the ashes: How data corruption revitalized our data project, Kendra Bouda, The Jane Speaks Initiative

Under the worst of circumstances, data corruption may lead to irreparable loss. Though even if a backup is available, such disruption can easily set any project back.  Join speaker Kendra Bouda as she recounts her experiences with data corruption and how the misfortune of data loss actually revitalized her project. Kendra will relate how a variety of data-related hurdles shaped her work on the Clery Crime Data Visualization Project, shifted her perspective on access and reproducibility, and, ultimately, how data corruption transformed project goals.

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Documenting DH: Robin Rider

Written by Heather Wacha

Documenting DH is a project from the Digital Humanities Research Network (DHRN).  It consists of a series of audio interviews with various humanities scholars and students around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Each interviewee is given a chance to talk about how they view data, work with data, manage data, or teach data to others.  Most recently, we interviewed Robin Rider, curator of the University of Wisconsin’s Special Collections, where she specializes in the history of science. She is a senior lecturer in the History Department and she regularly teaches in the iSchool.  Her perspective on digital humanites has been shaped by decades of research, scholarship and her unique position as a Special Collections curator.

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Documenting DH: GeoDeepDive

Written by Laura Schmidt

Documenting DH is a project from the Digital Humanities Research Network (DHRN). It consists of a series of audio interviews with various humanities scholars and students around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Each interviewee is given a chance to talk about how they view data, work with data, manage data, or teach data to others. Most recently, we interviewed Shanan Peters, Jon Husson, and Aimee Glassel of GeoDeepDive, a project that builds a scalable, dependable cyberinfrastructure to facilitate new approaches to the discovery, acquisition, utilization, and citation of data and knowledge in the published literature. Their interview is now accessible on the DHRN website.

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Call for Storytellers for a Data Story Slam!

To celebrate Love Data Week, Research Data Services, Ebling Library, and Open Meetup are hosting a Data Story Slam! We’re looking for 10-12 storytellers to each tell a five minute data story. This can be free form, a slide presentation, a poem, or anything else. Themes for this year are:

  • Stories about data
  • Telling stories with data
  • Connection conversations (collaborations between departments)
  • We are data (the implications of personal data)

If you have a story you’d like to share, you can sign up here. Use the form to sign up until the day of the event (February 15). A signup sheet will be available at the event as well.

We’ll have refreshments, but feel free to bring your own lunch.

When: Thursday, 2/15 noon-1:30pm

Where: Wisconsin Idea Room, Room 159 of the Education Building on Bascom Mall

Questions? Contact us!

Tool: OpenICPSR

Written by Chiu-chuang Lu Chou; Information adapted from OpenICPSR

 

OpenICPSR is a self-serving data repository for researchers who need to deposit their social and behavioral science research data for public access compliance.  Researchers can share up to 2 GB data in OpenICPSR for free. Researchers prepare all data and documentation files necessary to allow their data collection be read and interpreted independently.  They also prepare metadata to allow their data be searched and discovered in ICPSR catalog and major search engines. A DOI and a data citation will be provided to the depositor after data are published.

 

Depositors will receive data download reports from OpenICPSR. All OpenICPSR data is governed by the Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons License. Server-side encryption is used to encrypt all files uploaded to OpenICPSR. Data deposited in self-deposit package are distributed and preserved as-is, exactly as they arrive without the standard curation and preservation features available to professional curation package.

 

OpenICPSR offers Professional Curation Package to researchers, who like to utilize ICPSR’s curation services including full metadata generation and a bibliography search, statistical package conversion, and user support. The cost of professional curation is based on the number of variables and complexity of the data. To learn more about OpenICPSR, please visit their website.

Documenting DH: Dorothea Salo

Written by Heather Wacha

Documenting DH is a project from the Digital Humanities Research Network (DHRN). It consists of a series of audio interviews with various humanities scholars and students around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Each interviewee is given a chance to talk about how they view data, work with data, manage data, or teach data to others. Most recently, we interviewed Dorothea Salo, a faculty associate in the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the founder and director of RADD (Recovering Analog and Digital Data). Her commitment to the preservation of data has created a career in which she has been instrumental to the digital community at the University of Wisconsin. Her interview is now accessible on the DHRN website.

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Link Roundup November 2017

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In this series, members of the RDS team share links to research data related stories, resources, and news that caught their eye each month. Feel free to share your favorite stories with us on Twitter @UWMadRschSvcs!

Ann Engler

A new tool called Seek & Blastn is being developed to find errors in research involving nucleotide sequences.

Tracking university students’ library usage can help improve services, but it raises important privacy concerns. Read how some universities are using library data here.

Looking for tips on organizing data in spreadsheets? This article may help.

OCLC Research is working on a project to examine RDM at four research universities.

 

Cameron Cook

Digital Preservation Coalition released “a ‘Bit List’ of Digitally Endangered Species” categorizing the risk levels of different types of digital materials.

twarc, a command line tool for archiving Twitter JSON, now is able to output CSV files.

Interested in working with your data in R? Check out the Programming Historian lessons on “R Basics with Tabular Data” and “Data Wrangling and Management in R“.