Data & Donuts

Single Donut

Data management made tasty.

All sessions are held 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 175

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.

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

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Fall 2018 Sessions

Tuesday, September 4 – How to write a data management plan

Good data management practices are becoming increasingly important in the digital age. Because we now have the technology to freely share research data and 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. The first session of Data and Donuts will discuss the importance of data management and how to write a data management plan.

Tuesday, October 2 – Research collaboration strategies and tools

Our access to the web makes collaborating with colleagues at other institutions easier, but it is not without its challenges. In this Data and Donuts, we will cover some general principles of good research collaboration and present strategies for developing and documenting workflows as well as methods for storing and sharing data. We will also look at some tools (e.g., the Open Science Framework) that can be used to support these types of projects.

Tuesday, November 6 – Tidy data in Excel: Spreadsheet dos and don’ts

One element of good data management keeping your data “tidy” — that is, organized so that it is easy to understand by both humans and machines. Following tidy data practices makes it easier to analyze your data, share it with others, and make sense of it in the future. This month’s Data and Donuts will discuss best practices for organizing tabular data in spreadsheets.

Tuesday, December 4 – Data archiving and sharing

This month’s Data and Donuts will cover best practices for preparing your data for archiving. We will discuss how to properly describe your data so that others, or you from 5 years from now, will know what it is and how to use it, as well as appropriate places to store it. We’ll also discuss options for repositories that will allow others to access your research data, including CSU’s digital repository.