Our New Marketing Materials

We love your data too. New flyers coming soon!

By Brianna Marshall, RDS Chair

We have been working on revamping our marketing materials. Though we are very fond of “data man,” as we’ve come to know him, we couldn’t help but feel that we could do a much better job of representing the diversity of our research community at UW-Madison.

RDS is committed to supporting all researchers, period. Our differences strengthen our abilities as collaborators and innovators. To further this commitment, we’ve created a new community of “data people” that moves us closer to our aim of being as inclusive as possible in our outreach to campus. We won’t be sharing everyone until later in the month but stay tuned. We hope you’ll like the results!


Love Your Data Week 2017

Last year RDS participated in Love Your Data Week, a great campaign to raise awareness around research data management.

This year, we’ll be participating again! The event starts next Monday, 2/13 and runs until Friday, 2/17. We’ll be sharing the great content they’ve created on our blog and pointing to resources that the Love Your Data Week crew is sharing. You can also follow along in the larger conversation happening with the other participating institutions by following the hashtags #LYD17 and #loveyourdata on Twitter.

This year the focus for each day is as follows:

  • Monday – Defining Data Quality
  • Tuesday – Documenting, Describing, Defining
  • Wednesday – Good Data Examples
  • Thursday – Finding the Right Data
  • Friday – Rescuing Unloved Data

If your institution would like to participate or you’d like to learn more, you can visit the Love Your Data Week website.

January 2017 Link Roundup

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!


Cameron Cook

I’ve had Data Carpentry on the brain lately, as I work to become more involved in the community so I thought I’d share a post I really liked by Christine Bahlai called Soft(ware) Skills.

I’ve also run into the importance of knowing good spreadsheet practices again this semester, so I’ll also link my favorite little lesson from Data Carpentry, common formatting problems in spreadsheets.

This post is a cool look into applying the Open Science Framework to the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

Tool: ReproZip

Information adapted from ReproZip.org.

What is ReproZip?

ReproZip is a software packaging tool developed by Fernando Chirigati, Juliana Freire, Rémi Rampin, Dennis Shasha, and Vicky Steeves at NYU. ReproZip is designed to make the computational components of research easier to reproduce across different machines.


RDS on the Open Science Framework

Screen Shot 2017-01-09 at 6.22.08 PMRDS is excited to announce that our project on the Open Science Framework is now public!

What does this mean? Well, while this blog and website are our pipeline for important research data tools, news, or resources for our UW-Madison researchers, students, and staff; RDS also creates resources and outputs related to our services that may be valuable for other information professionals and research communities beyond UW-Madison.

So, we have created a project on the Open Science Framework where we can share those outputs openly with those who may be interested in building their own data or digital scholarship services.

You can find our project at the following address – https://osf.io/m7q9p/. Within the project, you’ll find separate components for  events, marketing and outreach, presentations, and flyers. Within each component, you will find all the files we’ve uploaded as well as documentation on the component wiki.

The space may seem a little bare right now, but it is a living project. So, as RDS continues to develop our programming, marketing, and documentation, we’ll continue to update our project space as well. Feel free to explore and please send us feedback on how to make it more beneficial to you and others!

December 2016 Link Roundup


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!

Cameron Cook

HathiTrust announced its Extracted Features Dataset which allows researchers to explore data extracted from 13.7 million volumes from the HathiTrust Digital Library.

A look at how authors are choosing to license their preprints in bioRxiv.

Flowingdata has some great guides on visualization. For starters you can peruse the guide on tips for learning to code for visualization or this one on misconceptions about visualization.


Allan Barclay

The Open Research Funders Group was announced this month.


Documenting DH: Deidre Stuffer and the Visualizing English Print Project

Written by Heather Wacha

In last month’s RDS newsletter, the Digital Humanities Research Network (DHRN) announced its new project “Documenting DH”, which 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 what they see as the project’s data and how that data is managed.  In November we interviewed our first digital humanist, Deidre Stuffer from the English Department here at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her interview will be accessible to the public on the DHRN website starting December 12th, 2016.  She has been working on the Visualizing English Print project (VEP), which involves encoding 61,000 early printed literary texts and finding interesting and significant ways to visualize and analyze all or part of that corpora.