Data Management Workshops

We offer a number of workshops covering a wide range of topics related to managing your research data. The workshops are free and open to all members of the university community. Just click on the title of the workshop below to register. If you have topic ideas for other workshops, please email us at dmconsult@virginia.edu. For more data workshops from Research Data Services, check out our StatLab workshops.

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Spring 2015 Workshops
Creating a Data Management Plan || Introduction to the UNIX Command Line || Introduction to Database Design || Typesetting a Document in LaTeX || Building Databases and Querying with MySQL || Version Control with Git

Workshop Topic (Instructor) Week Time Location
Creating a Data Management Plan
(Sherry Lake)
Monday, February 2 2:00 – 3:30 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
Do you need a data management Plan? Do you know what it is, and why you should need one? What’s your plan for managing the data from your current and proposed research projects? Join us for a data management planning workshop designed to help researchers understand what is required to write management plans for funding applications and understand the general benefit for managing research data and results. We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.
Introduction to the UNIX Command Line
(Pete Alonzi)
Tuesday, February 10 2:00 – 3:30 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
The UNIX command line is a powerful tool for interacting with computers, however it is not as intuitive as a typical graphical user interface. Often the system seems cryptic to a new user. This workshop aims to demonstrate the basic functionality of the UNIX command line. We will break down the various commands and functionality a beginner will typically encounter. No prior experience is necessary.
Introduction to Database Design
(Sherry Lake)
Thursday, February 19 2:00 – 3:00 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
When data gets too unwieldy for storage in basic text files or spreadsheets, databases may be a good solution. This workshop will cover the steps to design a database and include hands on activities. No prior experience with databases or database software is required.
Typesetting a Document in LaTeX
(Pete Alonzi)
Tuesday, February 24 2:00 – 3:30 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
LaTeX is a great program for typesetting documents, however it takes a bit of practice and can be quite tricky for the uninitiated. The goal of this workshop is to teach the novice how to get up and running and typeset their first document. We will demonstrate how to include all the basic elements like, titles, abstracts, figures, tables, and especially mathematical formulae. No prior experience with LaTeX is required.
Building Databases and Querying with MySQL
(Sherry Lake)
Wednesday, March 25 2:00 – 3:30 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
This workshop will lead you through creating a MySQL database using ITS’s MySQL Database service. We will also cover querying and using MySQL and/or SQL databases with several software packages (including Excel, SAS). Prior attendance at the Introduction to Database Design or familiarity with databases would be helpful.
Version Control with Git
(Pete Alonzi)
Wednesday, April 1 2:00 – 3:30 Brown Library, Electronic Class Room 133
Git is a powerful tool for version control. In this workshop we will go through the basic workflow with version control and use Git for our examples. The goal of the work shop is to demonstrate a full workcycle using proper version control practices. No experience required.