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Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Quarter Research Data Management Workshop @ UW Libraries

Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage your research data, and preserve it for long-term use?

From April 15-18, the UW Libraries is offering Research Data Management Planning, an asynchronous online workshop for UW community members engaged in research with data. Topics will include getting started with data management planning, funder requirements for data sharing, metadata, tips to help keep you organized, sharing, archiving and preservation, and an introduction to tools and on-campus support to aid researchers.

Note: We will be offering two concurrent versions of this class, one for health sciences researchers, the other for multiple disciplines outside of health sciences. When you register for the class, please indicate which version of the class you’d like to attend. Thank you!

Full course information and link to registration is below. Contact us with any questions.

Research Data Management Planning Workshop
A free, tutor-supported online workshop
April 15-18, 2019

Duration: Monday, April 15 - Thursday, April 18 16 (4 days)
Time Commitment: Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour per day, for 4 straight days
Target audience: UW community members engaged in research with data.
Prerequisites: Access to the internet for each of the 4 days identified. A valid UW NetID is also required.

  • This module-based workshop consists of activities and peer discussion forums that will provide tips on how to effectively plan for data management over the lifecycle of your research project. 
  • By asking students to share experiences with one another, this workshop gives you the opportunity to reflect on your research workflow and to see how various techniques and tools can be employed to most effectively manage, share and preserve your data.

Participation Process:
  • This workshop will take place in Canvas over 4 days, with no fixed participation times (asynchronous).
  • Each day corresponds to one online module, which includes a topic overview, resources, activity, and peer discussion forum.
  • Discussion forums are the workshop's primary means of 'assessment,' so expect to post to forums daily. 
  • You will be guided through the course by a team of friendly librarian tutors, who will answer questions and provide feedback.

How to Join:
  • If interested, please register via this Catalyst link no later than Friday, April 12, 2019. 
  • Space in the workshop is limited, and participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Students who register after capacity is reached may be placed on a wait list.

Comments from previous class participants:
  • This is a great workshop -- exposing me to a lot of considerations about data management that I did not know about. The tutor responses have been really helpful. I was unaware of the data librarians on campus and will definitely reach out to them for more resources. Thank you!
  • Very helpful and important for anyone working with data.
  • I was really impressed with this workshop. It had so many wonderful resources and I learned a lot. The tutors were fantastic. ... The materials were great and easy to understand as well. It was good to know I'm heading in the right direction with data management and know how to really improve my data management. I come from an interpretive/qualitative background and often this type of research activity is learned on the job or through learning what not to do the next time around, so having this type of workshop can really help people like me prepare a lot better for the next big project. Thank you for all your hard work!
  • Very helpful at all levels of experience

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Data Services Team.

Save the date: 3rd Annual UW GIS Symposium 5/14/19

This year's 3rd annual UW GIS Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Hosted by the UW Libraries, the UW GIS Symposium will be held in the Research Commons, Allen Library South. This half-day event will include invited speakers, lightning talks, and student poster presentations centered on use of GIS in education and research. More information, including a call for lightning talk and poster submissions, will be posted soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March 12 GDPR information session at UW

Next month, the Data Science Studies group from the eScience Institute is teaming up with the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) from the iSchool to host an important informational session about how UW researchers are affected by data privacy regulations. 

"General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the shifting privacy landscape: What do researchers at UW need to know," will feature speakers Ann Nagel of the UW Privacy Office and Emily McReynolds of Microsoft Research. This presentation will discuss GDPR’s impact on research, regulatory developments related to data and privacy, and the University’s response to this shifting landscape.

The GDPR went into effect on May 25, 2018. The regulation is designed to give European Union residents more control over their personal data, providing for enhanced procedures of consent and transparency. GDPR applies to “the processing by an individual, a company or an organisation of personal data relating to individuals in the EU.” As such, researchers who use data collected from individuals residing anywhere in the EU are affected by GDPR. 
Moreover, several similar pieces of legislation are currently being considered by the Washington State Legislature, meaning that requirements like those established by the GDPR are likely to become more commonplace and broadly applicable.
In this session, privacy researchers and UW administrators will tell you what you need to know as a researcher at the University of Washington.  
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Text mining student position opening at UW Libraries/eScience Institute

The UW Libraries and eScience Institute are searching for a graduate student to provide text mining assistance for UW students, staff and faculty. This hourly job (8-10h/week) will work in both locations; job duties include providing text mining assistance to UW researchers at various levels, creating guides and tutorials for various techniques and UW resources, and helping assess this new type of service for the Libraries. Additional information is available in the full job posting here.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Two New Guides to Aid Your Research

Welcome back and Happy 2019! The UW Libraries has two new guides available, both of which can help you start the new semester or complete a current project. Take a look to see if these resources would be helpful to you, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

The guide for Digital Object Identifiers is a short one, explaining why you might want to use a persistent identifier in your research, and how to get one from the UW Libraries. If you're not sure if you need a DOI, or want help understanding why a funder or a journal might require one, please contact us.

The guide to the HathiTrust Digital Library is more extensive. This digital documents collection is one of many subscriptions made available to the UW community via the Libraries, and provides access to more than 15 million titles. Users can create collections of the many primary or hard-to-find sources included in the library, and many items are available for textual or other analysis. For an example search, using the terms "alaska yukon pacific exposition" yields 10,738 results, including the item at the right, issued by the Northern Pacific Railway. This item can be viewed online, as well as downloaded as PDFs for each page or the entire book; it's also available as a full-text document.

The UW guide is succinct, but if you're looking for more detail, see this extensive guide from the HathiTrust.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Discussion on data sharing agreements (11/27/18)

eScience Institute senior research scientist Anthony Arendt will be leading a data sharing agreements discussion tomorrow, November 27, from 4:30-5:20 in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium, PAA118. Designed as an interactive, community discussion, topics will include how we establish and maintain norms of academic behavior around data sharing and attribution. Join and contribute to the discussion!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

UW Libraries 13th annual Constitution Read-Aloud

Join the University of Washington Libraries for our 13th annual Constitution Read-Aloud! This powerful and moving event is driven by community members, each of whom read a brief section of the Constitution. Sign up and spend your lunch break hearing an historic document brought to life. Details:

In 1791, as the newly established United States sought approval of the US Constitution by thirteen states, some states requested that specific rights for each individual citizen should be added before it was ratified. 10 new amendments, known as The Bill of Rights, were added to the Constitution to preserve, first and foremost, the "rights of the individual to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition". The Bill also protected citizens from a violation of these rights under the law and in the court system and confirmed an individual's right to bear arms.What: Constitution Read-Aloud

When: Friday, October 5, 2018, 12:00pm-1:15pm. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. The entire reading takes about 75 minutes. It is okay if you need to read and leave early.

Where: Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor outside the Reading Room

What to bring: nothing; we will provide an easy-to-read (large print) edition of the Constitution.
Wear regular work attire -- work-related uniforms welcome!

Your reading: will be very brief (about five sentences) and assigned to you at the event. We cannot guarantee you a specific section. 

Sign up: Sign up at  or e-mail for special arrangements.

Pro tip: Read the text of the Constitution beforehand, so that you are generally familiar with the document.