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Data management workshop series

Hosted by the University Libraries every fall semester.

Free to U of M graduate students

Keep your research organized by learning data management skills! Join us this fall for a series of workshops to build and enhance your data management strategies. Topics will range from introductory skills to specific tool-based workshops on citation managers, backup workflows, and publishing your data. Sign up for a single workshop or join us for the entire series.

Workshops will be held online via Zoom. Learn more about each workshop and register below.

There will be an opportunity to earn a Foundations of Data Management Badge by attending at least 3 out of 5 of the workshops below and completing assignments in the associated asynchronous Data Management Canvas course. Students are encouraged to self-enroll in the Canvas course to access asynchronous content.

Sponsored by the University Libraries, LATIS, the Graduate School, OVPR, and the Informatics Institute.

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Data management topics and tools: An introduction to data management

August 22, 2023 | 10am - noon

Join us for a workshop introducing topics and tools to help you manage your research data. This workshop will kick off our series of data management workshops over the fall semester. This introductory workshop will build upon topics covered in the asynchronous Canvas course, present issues specific to data management for STEM and liberal arts researchers, and give a preview of tools for managing a variety of data across your entire research project. 


Tools for organizing PDFs and article citations

September 19, 2023 | 10am - noon

Citation managers are tools to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. This session will give an overview of various citation managers and then a deep dive into Zotero, a free, easy to use citation manager. We will also demonstrate how to format citations in a variety of styles and how to add in-text citations to Microsoft Word and Google Docs, as well as share citations with others using the group feature.  


Storage, back-up, and versioning, oh my!

October 5, 2023 | 1pm - 3pm

Going beyond the best practices of "3-2-1", this session will demonstrate real workflows and tools for backing up and versioning your research data. We will cover a variety of techniques for protecting your data, from low/no tech to more technical coding based tools, such as github. No matter what your discipline or what materials you work with, this workshop will assist you in finding a storage strategy that is right for you! 


The Future of Data Sharing: What You Need to Know About Federal Mandates

October 24, 2023 | 10am-noon

Recently, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo requiring that all federal funding agencies adapt a data sharing policy for their grantees. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one agency that has already implemented this requirement, and all federal funders will do so by 2025. What does this mean for data management practices during the lifecycle of your research project? What must you write into a grant application? How do you know where to share your data? All of these topics and more will be explored in this session.


Publishing (with) data

November 14, 2023 | 10am- noon

This session will help you form good practices as you prepare to submit your research to a journal and affiliated data to a repository. Attendees will learn how to make informed decisions about where to publish by learning how to select appropriate journals and how to advocate for yourself and your research throughout the publication process. Funders and journals also increasingly require that articles are published alongside the associated data. Learn more about what goes into sharing data with thorough documentation, in accessible formats, how to evaluate if a repository is a good fit for your data, and resources for additional support.


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