Love Your Data Week Day 3 – Good data examples

Today’s Love Your Data Week’s post is by Tiffany Grant PhD, Interim Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) and Research Informationist.

Data, FAIR Data

If asked to define good data, the definitions would run the gamut, as the interpretation of the term will be specific to the types and formats of data typically collected by the individual. However, simply put, good data meets the standard of being of good quality, and data quality generally refers to the ability of data to serve the use it was intended. In short, data quality hinges on the reliability and application efficiency of data. The combination of good data quality and data documentation ensures accurate interpretation and reproducibility. Beyond documentation, a number of federal mandates dictate that data be shared beyond one’s own lab notebook, and in order to ensure proper interpretation and reproducibility of your data, it must be FAIR.

 

 

 

 

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Love Your Data Week Day 2 Documenting, Describing and Defining

Today’s Love Your Data Week’s post is by Tiffany Grant PhD, Interim Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) and Research Informationist.

The Big 3 of Data

Documenting, describing and defining your data are the 3 most critical components of good data management and your data legacy. If done properly, documentation ensures accurate interpretation and reproducibility of your data. Additionally, it improves the integrity of the scholarly record by providing a more complete picture of how your research was conducted.

Data Things to Do

  1. Document all file names and formats associated with your project
  2. Describe how your data was derived including a description of any equipment and/or software used in the process
    1. Describe your file naming conventions and folder structures
  3. Define any abbreviations, variables or codes used in your data or your file names/folders

Big 3 Data Basics

Who: Who are the contributors?

What: What kind of data was collected and what analyses were done to generate the data?

Why: Why was the project started, i.e. what questions did you hope to answer?

Where: Where did you get your data (if you aren’t the creator)? What is the physical location of the data?

How: How was your data generated?  

Message of the day

Good documentation tells people they can trust your data by enabling validation, replication, and reuse.

Love Your Data Week Day 1 Defining Data Quality

Today’s LYD post features the thoughts of Dylan Shields, the Graduate Assistant for the Chemistry-Biology Library and Chemistry Graduate Student in Anna Gudmundsdottir’s Lab.

Welcome back to another edition of Love Your Data Week!!

The first topic for this week is going to focus on DEFINING DATA QUALITY!

So what IS data quality? Well, first off it is important to note that data quality definitions and practices can differ quite vastly depending on the field of study. However, there are a few markers of data quality that can be broadly applicable to most research. These markers include: accuracy, consistency, completeness, and accessibility.

So what are these markers and why are they important?

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Love Your Data Week 2017

Drop the roses and the box of chocolate because Love Your Data week is almost here.  All next week, the UC Libraries informationist team will be blogging loving tips about how to best care for your research data.  The theme for 2017 is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career and the daily topics are:

Feb 13th  – Defining Data Quality

Feb 14th Documenting, Describing, Defining

Feb 15th  Good Data Examples

Feb 16th –  Finding the Right Data

Feb 17thRescuing Unloved Data

Follow the action or join in on Twitter using hashtags (#LYD17 #loveyourdata)

 

Other social media outlets will be Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

So much better for you and your data than a box of chocolate!

Questions and comments to AskData@uc.edu

Undergraduate Research Conference + PRaISE

Undergraduate Research Conference + PRaISE

April 20, 2017 | 12 – 3 p.m.

Nippert West Pavilion & Tangeman University Center

UC’s Undergraduate Research Conference is THE venue for students of all disciplines to present their creative and scholarly works. All projects are evaluated and considered for competition. The three most highly rated projects within each Scholarly Theme (see below) will receive certificate awards.

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Upcoming Grant Writing Seminars

Opportunity: Grant Writing Seminars and a Workshop presented by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC

 Deadline: Registration deadline (including payment of fee, where applicable) is March 17, 2017

April 19, 2017, 1 pm – 5:00 pm: Grant Writing: Getting Started, a half-day seminar on how to begin the grant writing process. The seminar will cover basic information, such as how to develop a fundable idea, the fundamentals of a grant, how to write for reviewers, and preparation of the application. Fee $100.00. No prerequisite. A workbook is included. Continue reading Upcoming Grant Writing Seminars

Spring Semester 2017 GIS Learning Community Meetings

If you have an interest in connecting with others using or learning about GIS, then please join the GIS Learning Community at an upcoming meeting.

Date: Feb 1st , March 8th , April 12th

Time: 3:15 pm to 4:25 pm

Venue: 462 Langsam

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems.  The goal of the community is to create a user-driven forum for novice and expert practitioners to come together and discuss tools, resources and solutions to questions and new projects that develop as researchers consider the spatial aspects of their data.   We invite interested individual across all of UC to join us in building this community.

Contact Amy Koshoffer at koshofae@ucmail.uc.edu with questions or to be added to the GIS LC mailing list.

Visit UC Libraries Research Data and GIS Services website for more information: http://libraries.uc.edu/digital-scholarship/data-services.html

Presenting Geoffrey Pinski to talk about intellectual property Feb 7th

Geoffrey Pinski
Geoffrey Pinski

Are you wondering about IP?

Join UC Libraries and UC Technology Accelerator for Commercialization 2pm Tuesday February 7, to learn about Intellectual Property (IP) and how it plays a role in your scholarship and research.

Geoffrey Pinski, director UC Technology Accelerator for Commercialization, will talk on IP and Research data.

Date: February 7, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue: 427 ERC

The talk is free and open to all.

Updated Agenda for UC’s celebration of National GIS Day

(NOTE Change to Speaker Schedule – updated 11-7-2016)

UC’s celebration of National GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems) will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  GIS Day is a partnership of UC Libraries, UC Department of Geography, the UC Joint Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISSA), and (new this year!) the Greater Cincinnati GIS User Group.

Join colleagues for presentations and networking in 201 Braunstein Hall from 8:45am – 12:45pm.  There are a wide range of practical topics — come and go as topics are of interest.

Schedule:

  • 8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome, Ryan Herman, PDS, Kenton County, KY & President of Cincinnati GIS User Group and C.J. Changjoo, UC Dept. of Geography
  • 9:00 – 9:20 Transportation Planning/GIS, Dave Shuey, OKI Regional Council of Governments
  • 9:20 – 9:40 Urban Planning/GIS, Jessica Moss, GIS Analyst, City of Covington, KY
  • 9:40 – 10:00 UC Utility Inventory Project/GIS, Jeff Lovin, Senior Vice President, Woolpert, Dayton, OH
  • 10:00 – 10:05 Introduction of the UC GIS Certificate Program, Lin Liu and Xinhao Wang, Co-Directors of UC Joint Center GIS & Spatial Analysis
  • 10:05– 10:20 Questions & Coffee Break / Breakfast Snacks
  • 10:20 – 10:40 GIS Jobs & Job Prospects, Joey O’Brien (& presenters), GIS Analyst, Clermont County, OH
  • 10:40 – 11:00 Surviving the Next Plague: Disease Prediction, Diego Cuadros, UC Dept. of Geography
  • 11:00 – 11:20 Help Solve Environmental Problems/GIS, John Hurd, CH2M Consulting, Cincinnati, OH
  • 11:20 – 11:40 Open Source Solutions for Live Data/GIS, Jesse Glascock, Prime 3SG, Cincinnati, OH
  • 11:40 – 12:00 Questions & Coffee Break
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Application of Geography, GIS and Spatial Statistics to Public Policies, Xingyou Zhang, U.S. Census Bureau

Contact Amy Koshoffer with questions — amy.koshoffer@uc.edu

 

 

National GIS Day 2016 UC Celebration

National GIS Day is November 16, 2016.

UC’s celebration will be held in 201 Braunstein from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm.

Schedule of Speakers:

8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome, Ryan Herman, PDS, Kenton County, KY & President of Cincinnati GIS User Group and C.J. Changjoo, UC Dept. of Geography

9:00 – 9:20 Transportation Planning/GIS, Dave Shuey, OKI Regional Council of Governments
9:20 – 9:40 Urban Planning/GIS, Jessica Moss, GIS Analyst, City of Covington, KY
9:40 – 10:00 UC Utility Inventory Project/GIS, Jeff Lovin, Senior Vice President, Woolpert, Dayton, OH
10:00 – 10:20 Questions & Coffee Break / Breakfast Snacks
10:20 – 10:40 GIS Jobs & Job Prospects, Joey O’Brien (& presenters), GIS Analyst, Clermont County, OH
10:40 – 11:00 Surviving the Next Plague: Disease Prediction, Diego Cuadros, UC Dept. of Geography
11:00 – 11:20 Help Solve Environmental Problems/GIS, John Hurd, CH2M Consulting, Cincinnati, OH
11:20 – 11:40 Open Source Solutions for Live Data/GIS, Jesse Glascock, Prime 3SG, Cincinnati, OH
11:40 – 12:00 Questions & Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:45 ESRI, Current and Future GIS Applications, Wei-ming Lin, ESRI