Friday, May 17

Data Management:

Plans and Best Practices

Bill Harder (Qualitative/Survey Research Methodologist, Center for Teaching, Research & Learning),
Stefan Kramer (Associate Librarian, University Library) &
Eric R. Schuler (Quantitative/Computational Research Methodologist, Center for Teaching, Research & Learning)

Location: MGC 200

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This interactive workshop will guide participants through the data lifecycle stages from initial collection through post-publication deposit in a data repository. The data lifecycles that this workshop will cover are: (1) Data Creation, (2) Data Processing, (3) Data Analysis, (4) Data Preservation, (5) Data Access, and (6) Data Reuse. Even if you are not formally required by a funder or publisher to produce a data management plan, the discussed principles can help increase productivity and manage your research workflow. Participants at all stages of the research process are welcome to attend and are encouraged to discuss data challenges from their own projects.

This workshop has the following learning outcomes:
• Identify each stage of the data lifecycle.
• Discuss decisions that need to be made at each of the data lifecycle stages.
• Sketch out an example data management plan.
• Critically examine domain specific challenges to each of the data lifecycle stages.
• Formulate multidisciplinary solutions to the previously identified challenges to the data life cycle stages.

During the morning session, the panelists will discuss the different data lifecycle stages and the decisions that need to be made at each point. We will highlight best practices for data management in each of the life cycle stages. Workshop attendees will be invited to start to sketch out a data management plan for any current research. The panelists will introduce AU Digital Research Archive, AUDRA, and consider how to ensure your data has a long life after you publish.
In the afternoon session, attendees will break out into small groups to discuss potential data challenges they would face as researchers in their discipline. After working in multidisciplinary groups on these challenges, each group will report back on their specific strategies and discuss with the other attendees. The workshop will conclude with closing remarks and a discussion of both internal and external resources.

Resources:

  • TBA
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