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Broadening U of G's Data Knowledge

Understanding the research data lifecycle is a key component to the collection and dissemination of information. The library’s Research & Scholarship (R&S) team is helping U of G better understand the entire data lifecycle. “We want to raise awareness for people about their data, and help them understand what to do next,” said Adam Doan, analyst, R&S.

Developed in 2017, the workshops are designed to help attendees learn to effectively create, process, analyze, reuse, preserve, and disseminate data. The offerings include everything from research data management and preservation, to data visualization. Sessions are open to everyone and attendees include upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and staff. 

This workshop series is just one of the ways the R&S team helps foster a deeper understanding of data on campus. Many of the workshops have been inspired by questions posed by students, researchers, and instructors at the Data Resource Centre. 

The team now has a permanent space to host these workshops—the Scholars Studio—a collaborative working space where people are encouraged to explore, create, and understand the power of data. 

The R&S team will resume workshops in January 2019. “We’re trying to create a community centre around this sort of data work, and I think we’re on the right path,” said Doan. 

After a successful series in the fall 2018 semester, the R&S team is happy to announce that the workshops will be open to more people—registration for the workshops is now being capped at 50 people per session. For the full listing of Data Skills Workshops and other workshops happening at the library during the winter 2019 semester, please visit our Workshops & Events page.