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Welcoming Our New Data Scientist, Bill Shi

We would like to welcome our new data scientist, Bill Shi, to the Odum Institute!

Bill is interested in understanding how nature and society work through the lens of big data. He was trained as an applied mathematician, and focused his research mainly on developing mathematical models and tools for the representation, analysis, and inference real-world systems, with applications in nano materials, financial markets, public opinions, innovation and knowledge production, etc. Lying at the intersection of math, statistics, and social science, Bill's main areas of research include complex networks, computational social science, and science of science.

Bill received his M.S in Statistics and Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and spent 3 years at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar.

We at the Odum Institute are very glad to have Bill back in Tar Heel territory and on our team!

Job Offering: Qualtrics Consultant

We are now looking for a part-time Qualtrics Consultant. The QC will work onsite at the Odum Institute for two 4-hour blocks per week, year round except when scheduled work days fall on University holidays or the University is closed for inclement weather.

The Qualtrics Consultant provides Qualtrics technical support to the University community, including students (undergraduate and graduate), staff and faculty, either in person, through email, or over the phone. This includes support for all aspects of Qualtrics software including programming, complex logic, using advanced features, distribution of surveys, linkages between surveys, and exporting data. The QC also handles administrative tasks such as transferring ownership of surveys and establishing Qualtrics Groups for collaboration, and therefore must demonstrate the highest regard for privacy and security of data.

Please apply before September 22. For more information about this position and to apply, please click here.

Now Offering Videography & Transcription Services

The Odum Institute is proud to announce that we will now be offering services in videography and transcription!

So far we have produced videos for multiple events, including QRSI and Data Matters, broader impacts videos for numerous grant-funded projects, including the DataNet Federation Consortium and MEASURE Evaluation, and one full MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for the UNC CRADLE project. We have also created many tutorials using Camtasia, to help walk users through various programs and processes.

To view examples of our work please visit our YouTube page here.

Video services can be tailored to any particular project, and can include assistance at any stage, from brainstorming and storyboarding, to the actual capturing of video and audio, to the final post-production stage of editing.

Transcription services likewise can be acquired for a wide variety of needs, including transcribing interviews, presentations, and panel discussions.

For more information, contact

41% of Graduate Students Report Using Resources at Odum

The UNC Graduate School’s exit survey lets graduating students reflect on their time at Carolina and identifies highlights in their experience. In this year’s survey, which had a 97% response rate, 41% of graduate students indicated that they had used services at the Odum Institute. We appreciate this recognition and are committed to continuing our support of graduate students at UNC.
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New Research Data Management & Sharing MOOC

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the University Libraries, and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina have joined forces with the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh to produce a new Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Research Data Management and Sharing.

This is a collaboration of the UNC-Chapel Hill CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) and MANTRA. CRADLE has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to develop training for both researchers and library professionals. MANTRA was designed as a prime resource for postgraduate training in research data management skills and is used by learners worldwide.

The MOOC will launch March 1, 2016. The course follows the stages of a research project, broken down into five week-long sections:

  • Week 1: Understanding Research Data

  • Week 2: Data Management Planning

  • Week 3: Working with Data

  • Week 4: Sharing Data

  • Week 5: Archiving Data

Dr. Helen Tibbo from SILS delivers four of the five sections, and Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre delivers the MANTRA-developed content in week three. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, certificates will be available to any learner who completes the course for a small fee.

Click here to enroll.

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