Data Management Training Sessions

Fall 2014 Workshop Series

We offer a number of workshops covering a wide range of topics related to data management. 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.

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Introduction to Database Design

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302    Thursday, 9/11    2:00 – 3:00
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.

Building and Using MS Access Databases

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302    Thursday, 9/18    2:00 – 3:30
This workshop will lead you through creating a database in Microsoft Access. We will also cover querying and using MS Access database with several software packages (including Excel, SAS). Prior attendance at the Introduction of Database Design or familiarity with databases would be helpful.

Creating a Data Management Plan

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302    Tuesday, 9/23    1:30 – 3:00
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. We welcome all researchers: faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.

Creating & Querying SQL & MySQL Databases

Brown Science and Engineering Library Classroom, Room 133    Wednesday, 9/24    10:00 – 11:30 
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.

Data Documentation and Metadata

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302    Wednesday, 10/1    2:00 – 3:30
A critical part of making data usable and shareable is to ensure they can be understood and interpreted by others. This requires clear and detailed data description, annotation and contextual information. In addition, you will need to retain details about your data collection and methodology at least until the end of your project. Data documentation and metadata is a vital part of managing your research data that needs to be done throughout the project, not just at the end. Come learn and explore tools like Colectica, Nesstar, Morpho, and iPhoto that will help you document your data while you collect and analyze it.

Best Practices for Data Management

Brown Science and Engineering Library Classroom, Room 133    Thursday, 10/2    10:30 – 12:00
What are your data management practices for your research data? Join us for a data management planning workshop designed to help researchers incorporate some best practices for data management into their own research environment. We will address such questions as: What standards for file naming and metadata will you use? What repository will you deposit your data into? Do you need permission to share your data? In addition, we will discuss critical components of data management planning, provide hands-on practice with methods to name and organize files, review helpful data management resources, and give you a framework to develop your own data management plan. We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.

Collaboration Management Tools

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302    Thursday, 10/9      2:00 – 3:30
What tools are available at UVa to help you manage collaborating on your research? Join us for a workshop that will demonstrate some of the available tools in UVaCollab, UVa Box, and the WebDAV protocol and how they interact with each other. We will be working in UVaCollab, so be sure to bring a laptop or tablet computer with you. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Finding U.S. Decennial Census Data

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302      Monday, 10/20      2:00 – 3:30
There are many different products available, both commercial and free, for finding and using current and historical decennial census data. Most of these products offer unique features and functionality, such as the ability to select geographies based on FIPS code or harmonized variables for examining change over time, that make them useful for particular types of research projects. In this workshop, we’ll explore four of these products—Social Explorer, GeoLytics Neighborhood Change Database, IPUMS USA, and NHGIS—and learn how to select data and export files in various formats. Attendees should have a basic understanding of the decennial census.

Best Practices for Data Management

Health Sciences Library, Tolleson Classroom      Thursday, 10/23      3:30 – 5:00
What are your data management practices for your research data? Join us for a data management planning workshop designed to help researchers incorporate some best practices for data management into their own research environment. We will address such questions as: What standards for file naming and metadata will you use? What repository will you deposit your data into? Do you need permission to share your data? In addition, we will discuss critical components of data management planning, provide hands-on practice with methods to name and organize files, review helpful data management resources, and give you a framework to develop your own data management plan. We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.

Data Preservation

LDC@Curry, Ruffner 302      Thursday, 10/30      2:00 – 3:30
What will you do to ensure that your research data will be reusable by you or others tomorrow, five years from now, even ten years from now? Join us for a workshop that is designed to provide researchers with best practices for preserving their digital and analog research data. We welcome all researchers: faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others

Creating a Data Management Plan

Brown Science and Engineering Library Classroom, Room 133      Monday, 11/3      2:00 – 3:30
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. We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.