Past Events

  • 2020 May 08

    Online Short-Seminar: Metadata Matters

    12:00pm to 12:30pm


    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


    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


    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)


    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


    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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  • 2019 Dec 18

    Data Policy Compliance

    1:00pm to 2:00pm


    Modell 100A Fred S. Rosen Lecture Hall

    Fall 2019 Research Data Management Seminar Series


    Policies are one way funders, publishers and institutions are encouraging and requiring data sharing. Many agencies require research data produced as part of a funded project to be made publicly available, and many have instituted requirements for data sharing and formal data management plans. In this session we will define the concept of policy as it relates to research data management, and provide an...

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  • 2019 Nov 22

    Best Practices for Keeping a Lab Notebook

    1:00pm to 2:00pm


    Countway Library, 403 Classroom

    Fall 2019 Research Data Management Seminar Series


    Whether you’re working at the bench, in the field, or in theory, you need to keep track of what you do so that you—and others—can refer back to it whenever necessary.  Laboratory notebooks are a critical tool for data management in scientific research. A lab notebook is a complete record of procedures (the actions you take), the reagents you use (your materials), the observations you make (these are the...

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  • 2019 Nov 15

    Everything you need to know to make your data analysis reproducible

    1:00pm to 4:00pm


    HSPH Kresge G2

    Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core’s Monthly Short Workshop Series: Setting up for success


    Recent reports in both the general and scientific media show there is increasing concern within the biomedical research community about the lack of reproducibility of key research findings. Have you ever wondered how you could increase the reproducibility of your own work? This session will provide some initial steps to take towards improving the planning, organization, and documentation of your research. Adopting a workflow that makes...

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  • 2019 Nov 04

    Boston Area Data Librarian Meet-Up

    (All day)


    Countway Library

    Boston Area Data Librarian Meet-Up hosted by Countway Library of Medicine.

    This meeting is by invitation only. For questiosn, please contact Julie Goldman.