Data & Donuts

Single Donut

Data management made tasty.

Good data management practices are becoming increasingly important in the digital age. Because we now have the technology to freely share research data and also because funding agencies want to do more with decreasing research funds, many funding agencies and journals require authors and grantees to share their research data. To provide training in this area, Mara Sedlins, the Morgan Library’s Data Management Specialist, is offering a series of data management workshops called “Data and Donuts”. Join us to learn about data management topics throughout the research data lifecycle.

Sessions are free, but space is limited to 30 attendees. 

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Spring 2020 Sessions

Love Your Data: How to plan for good data management

February 10-14 is Love Data Week, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about data management, security, sharing, and preservation. In the first session of this semester’s Data & Donuts series, learn to care for your data by including data management in your research plans throughout the data life cycle. This workshop will cover the elements of a successful Data Management Plan, including organization, documentation, storage and backup, metadata standards, licensing, and sharing data and code.

Monday, 2/10/20, 10:00-11:30am
Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 175
Instructor: Mara Sedlins

Reproducible research

Properly documenting your research practices can be a challenge, especially when everything is digital. This month’s Data and Donuts will discuss best practices for conducting reproducible research. You will learn about scripting, literate computing and version control using R, markdown, and git. (For a more in-depth introduction to R Markdown and Git, see the Coding & Cookies workshop offered on 4/7 and the Data & Donuts workshop on 4/14.) We will also discuss how to apply reproducible research concepts even if you don’t code.

Tuesday, 3/31/20, 10:00-11:30am
Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 175
Instructor: Mara Sedlins

Introduction to version control with Git

We’ve all intuitively used some type of version control in our work such as saving multiple versions of a document. While easy, it can cause file bloat and ultimately become more complicated. Luckily, formal version control systems have been developed to streamline this process. In this Data & Donuts session, we’ll be covering version control using Git. After this session, you’ll be able to create a git repository, make and add changes to the repository, and use GitHub to remotely store your repository.

Tuesday, 4/14/20, 10:00-11:30am
Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 175
Instructors: Mara Sedlins, Alex Fout

Open Data: How to comply with data sharing policies

Many funders and journals require researchers to make their data publicly available when ethically possible. This Data & Donuts session will cover common data sharing policies, what to consider when deciding where to share your data, and how to prepare your data to maximize its impact. Attendees will also receive an introduction to sharing data in CSU’s digital repository, Mountain Scholar.

Tuesday, 4/28/20, 10:00-11:30am
Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 175
Instructor: Mara Sedlins