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Upcoming UNC Dataverse Webinar

As recently announced, the Odum Institute archive has recently upgraded to Dataverse 4. The newly launched University of North Carolina Dataverse offers vast improvements to the user interface, including faceted search and browsing, additional data handling capabilities to ensure long-term data preservation, access and re-use, expanded metadata to support a broader array of disciplinary domains, and integration of innovative data analysis and visualization tools using new API functionality.

The Odum archivists will be hosting a free webinar on October 25th from 11 am to 12 pm to introduce users and anyone else interested to these new advanced capabilities and the ways in which UNC Dataverse can now cater to a greater diversity of researchers seeking data management and sharing solutions.

The webinar will be hosted on GoToMeeting - those interested in attending should click here to enter. Participants may enter up to 30 minutes before the beginning of the webinar. Please allow time to download and run the launching application.

For more information please contact the Odum Institute archive at

Qualitative Researchers Needed for Short-term Project

The Office of Undergraduate Retention at UNC-Chapel Hill is looking for 1-2 graduate students to help with 3-4 focus groups during October. This is not for a formal, research study but rather an activity to collect some feedback from campus collaborators about a new intervention.

Researchers will need to attend each focus group (1 hour each), take notes, and then provide some broad thematic findings. We are looking for a quick turnaround. We would like thematic findings before the end of the month (October).

We can offer good, hourly compensation and it would be great experience for a doctoral student.

Applicants should have at least 1 course in qualitative research methodologies; preferably more.

If you are interested, email Dr. Cynthia Demetriou ( with the following information:

- Your name
- Qualitative Research courses you have taken (name and number)
- A brief statement of interest (1 paragraph in the body of the email)

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!

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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