Past Events

  • 2020 May 26

    Online Short-Seminar: Tidy Data is Good Data

    3:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Countway ONLINE

    Turn messy data into tidy data! Much of your time will be spent in this ‘data wrangling’ stage. It’s not the most fun, but it’s necessary and food data organization is the foundation of data analysis. Learn the rules for a 'tidy dataset' in order to clean and prepare your data with examples and tools.

    This virtual session will teach you how think about data organization and some practices for more effective data wrangling. As a note, we will not discuss analysis or visualisation

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  • 2020 May 21

    Introduction to Dataverse

    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Come learn about the Harvard Dataverse for data sharing and preservation. You will have an opportunity to discuss your research project and data sharing needs, including:

    • The purpose of research data sharing
    • How to organize research data for sharing
    • Options for sharing deidentified or sensitive data
    • Data analysis and visualization tools provided by Harvard Dataverse
    • Dataset and file level DOIs and data citations
    • How to manage a team project on Harvard Dataverse, and...
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  • 2020 May 20

    Online Short-Seminar: Version Control Basics

    1:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Countway ONLINE

    Final_v2_rev3_final_FINAL.docx got you down? Version tracking, or version control, is the management of changes to any file or document. Version control is like a savings program for your project. Implementing a file versioning strategy at the beginning of your research project will help to avoid confusion amongst collaborators and avoid lost time and effort trying to recover the "right" version of a file.

    This virtual session will review a few ways for tracking different versions of a file, focusing on using git for version control.

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  • 2020 May 14

    Online Short-Seminar: Naming Things

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Countway ONLINE

    What's in a name? File naming, when done in a well-organized fashion, can contribute to project documentation, workflow organization, and sharing. Moreover, certain choices in file naming are essential to accessing and sharing files across a computing systems. Establishing naming conventions for your files and using them consistently will ensure maximum access to your data and records.

    This virtual session will review how file naming conventions will save you time by keeping your work organized and understandable.

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  • 2020 May 08

    Online Short-Seminar: Metadata Matters

    12:00pm to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Countway ONLINE

    To ensure that you understand your own data and to enable others to find, use and properly cite your data, it helps to add ‘documentation’ or ‘metadata’ (data about data) to the documents and datasets you create. 

    This virtual session will explore the critical role documentation plays in data management and how you can ensure good documentation throughout your research.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define metadata and common types of documentation
    • Learn best practices for capturing ...
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  • 2020 Feb 27

    Visual Eloquence: A Hands-On Workshop for Creating Effective Data Visualizations

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Lamont Library B-30 Collaborative Learning Space 11 Quincy St Cambridge

    Workshop sponsored by the Harvard University Digital Scholarship Support Group

    Are you interested in using data visualizations to explore your data or as part of your research output, but unsure of where to start? Are you already using data viz, but want to learn to create more effective presentations with different applications or programming languages?

    Consider attending Visual Eloquence, a participatory workshop on visualizing data and understanding the powerful role it plays in analysis and presentation for digital scholarship. The...

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  • 2020 Feb 13

    Data Slippery Slopes

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Countway Library Minot Room 505

    Winter 2020 Research Data Management Seminar Series

    Neglecting to develop and implement a detailed naming convention for your data files. Down the slope.
    Failing to sync and back up your data in three separate locations. Data slip up.
    Saving your data to a proprietary file format that is on the verge of insolvency. Data danger zone.
    Facing the shame of having your publication retracted due to data irregularities. The steepest of slopes.

    Data management is not easy, as is evidenced by these true...

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  • 2020 Jan 21

    Harvard DataFest 2020

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard University CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    A Data Science Bootcamp for better research

    DataFest is a two-day workshop held during J-term and developed by data practitioners and researchers from across the university. Hosted by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), the purpose of the workshop is for participants to develop skills in working with data. It is structured around the data lifecycle, includes lectures and hands-on sessions focused on data concepts, project planning and data science workflows, processing and analysis, and finally...

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  • 2020 Jan 15

    Managing Research Data Efficiently

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Countway Library Classroom 403

    Winter 2020 Research Data Management Seminar Series

    It's a new decade! What better new year's resolution than to manage your data better! Research Data Management (RDM) is essential for responsible research and planning should begin early. Your well-organized and documented data will meet funding agency requirements, be preserved, discoverable and reproducible. Learn what RDM is, how it applies to your research, and who to contact for assistance.

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