Improving the Quality of Campus Research Data During 'Love Your Data Week'

Improving the Quality of Campus Research Data During 'Love Your Data Week'

By UA Libraries
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Do your research data sets need some love? Love Your Data Week, Feb. 13-17, is an international event designed to raise awareness about research data management, sharing and preservation. Love Your Data Week will focus on a different topic each day, with tips and tricks for managing research data, as well as stories, examples and resources.

Because this year's theme is Data Quality, the University Libraries will be highlighting activities, resources and events designed to help campus researchers improve the quality of their research data. The UA Graduate Center and the UA Postdoctoral Resource Network will be promoting Love Your Data Week activities on their calendars and email distribution lists.

Jenny Hoit, director of postdoctoral affairs and a professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, stresses the importance of data management skills for postdoctoral researchers. Because postdocs are "developing habits that will shape their professional practice," Hoit says, "it is important to teach these skills in the early stages of their careers."

Meg Lota Brown, director of the UA Graduate Center and a professor in the Department of English, concurs, noting that the Graduate Center is seeking to expand its professional development offerings to include more data management workshops. Both the Graduate Center and the Postdoctoral Resource Network are planning to use the Libraries' Love Your Data Week activities as a springboard to garner interest for data management workshops later this spring, offered by UA Library data management specialists Chris Kollen and Mary Bell.

Each day during Love Your Data Week, the Libraries' data management website will post more information about each day's topic along with suggestions of related UA services and resources. The Love Your Data blog will have tips, stories and activities that researchers can use to better develop the management of their data. You can follow the conversation on the UA Libraries' Twitter feed, or follow #LYD17 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

The Libraries also will offer two related tech talks on Feb. 17 in iSpace, located in the Science-Engineering Library:

  • "Jupyter Notebooks" with Jeff Oliver of the Health Sciences Library (12-1:30 p.m.)
  • "Finding the Right Data" with Mary Bell and Chris Kollen of University Libraries (2-3:30 p.m.)

For more information about Love Your Data Week, or other data management services and resources on campus, contact Chris Kollen, data curation librarian, or Mary Bell, postdoctoral research associate.

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