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Seeking TAs for Data Matters: Data Science Course Series

The Odum Institute is seeking graduate students to serve as teaching assistants for "Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series" (August 7-11, 2017). This event will be held at Hunt Library at NC State in Raleigh. TAs would need to be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five consecutive days. In exchange for their time, TAs can sit in on classes for free.

Here are some TA duties:
--introduce instructors
--help locate tech support staff if the instructor is having AV issues
--help students with in-class exercises

Below is a list of courses:

August 7-8
• Working with Messy Data
• Introduction to Data Science Using R (with J. Duggins)
• Introduction to Data Science Using R (with J. Post)
• Data Curation: Managing Data throughout the Research Lifecycle
• Introduction to Effective Information Visualization

August 9
• Programming in R (with J. Duggins)
• Programming in R (with J. Post)
• Open(ing) Data: Considerations in Data Sharing and Reuse
• Introduction to Big Data and Machine Learning for Survey Researchers and Social Scientists
• Introduction to Geospatial Analytics

August 10-11
• Introduction to Data Mining and Machine Learning (with A. Krishnamurthy)
• Introduction to Data Mining and Machine Learning (with R. Vatsavai)
• Visualization for Data Science in R
• Intermediate Programming in R
• Collecting, Classifying, and Analyzing Textual Data Using R

If you are interested, please contact Paul Mihas at the Odum Institute:

Archive Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Open-Access Research Program Grant Award

The Odum Institute Data Archive, along with partners at Dryad, has been awarded a $184,450 one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the Foundation’s Open-Access Research program. The project, “Increasing the Value of Open Access Through Open Data Publication Policies,” will seek to identify the most efficient and efficient methods for implementing robust data policies that incorporate data review and verification processes.

Using an analysis of journal policies as well as survey and interviews of journal editors, referees, and authors, the project will develop a model for robust data policy implementation that includes recommendations on the content and presentation of policies that support authors’ understanding of policy expectations, frameworks for developing guidance documentation to enable authors to comply with the policy, and suggestions for manuscript review workflow modifications that address the challenges of data policy implementation. This evidence-based model will provide clear and actionable guidance that may courage journals to implement robust data policies that support the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of data underlying published articles.

The project will be led by PIs Thu-Mai Christian, Odum Institute Assistant Director for Archives, and Prof. Todd Vision, Associate Professor of Biology and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science.

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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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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