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Library workshops how to process data

Ways to clean, collect, manage your data

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Library workshops explore methods, tools for data management

A solid foundation is important for any project, but projects involving data can quickly and easily get complicated and messy. Think of all the different ways someone could answer a simple question, such as “How old are you?” A seemingly straightforward question soon can yield varied formats, like “18,” “18 years old” and “18 y/o.” With varied formats, it can be more difficult to synthesize the data collected.

Whatever your subject discipline may be, information and data points are crucial to building an argument for your research. Explore methods and tools to use to collect, clean, visualize and manage data during workshops with the UD Library, Museums and Press, including a series geared toward general data processing and a workshop specific to medical research data.

Learn more and find links to register below:

Digital Scholarship Method Series

This series of three hands-on workshops will take place on consecutive Thursdays in March from 1-3 p.m. You may sign up for a single workshop or the entire series, but you will need to register for each workshop individually.

Introduction to Data Cleaning

During this first workshop on Thursday, March 8, learn how to create, design and edit a survey form; understand the relationship between question type and method of data analysis; and access survey data and review best practices for data preservation.

Introduction to Data Collection

During the second workshop in the series on Thursday, March 15, you will deepen your understanding of the importance of “clean” data to research, and implement common solutions to “messy” data using Excel.

Introduction to Data Visualization

Deepen your understanding of best practices for visualizing data during this final workshop of the series on Thursday, March 22. You will import data into Tableau, a data visualization software; design and create visualizations that help answer research questions; and publish your data visualization on the web.

Data Management for Medical Researchers

The specialized needs of medical research require specialized attention. Explore the unique aspects of data management requirements of medical research during this workshop from 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, April 19.

Learn how to plan and implement data management throughout the entire research process—from the inception of the research idea to long-term storage and access after the results are published. The workshop will cover elements of a data management plan, funding requirements, file formats, and short- and long-term storage strategies.

While the focus of this workshop will be medical research, all scientific disciplines can benefit from the materials that will be covered. This workshop takes place on STAR Campus.

While workshops are free of charge, registration is required as seating is limited. These workshops are open to all UD students, faculty and staff.

If you are interested in a workshop but can’t attend, check out the selection of recorded workshops from recent semesters to see if a similar topic is available.

If you have questions regarding workshops, please call 302-831-2432 or email lib-workshops@udel.edu.

All Morris Library visitors need photo identification to enter. Visitors with UD ONEcards can use those at the turnstiles for easy access to the Library. If you do not have a UD ONEcard, you will need a state-issued ID (a driver’s license, a government-issued or school-issued photo ID, etc.) to enter.

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