Monday, October 2, 2017

UW grad students: apply now for Storytelling Fellows

Are you a graduate student looking to network across programs? Engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics?

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows, an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies.

Storytelling Fellows
·         A Free Online Skill-Building Program for Graduate Students
·         Sponsored by the Research Commons & Libraries Instructional Design Team
·         10/18-11/8 with two synchronous online sessions on 10/21 and 11/4 (9:30am-12:00pm)

What is Storytelling Fellows?
It is a totally free three-week online program that will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. Fellows will meet for two mandatory synchronous online sessions in order to discuss project ideas and gain insight into the art of storytelling, using the cloud-based program WeVideo.

Do I need to have any prior experience?
Nope! No previous experience with digital storytelling or WeVideo is required or needed. An online Canvas-based course will be provided to bring you up to speed on the finer points of digital storytelling.

When does the Fellows program run?
The online Canvas course opens 10/18 and closes 11/8. The two synchronous online sessions are on Saturday, 10/21, from 9:30am-12:00pm and Saturday, 11/4, from 9:30am-12:00pm. Preference will be given to those who can attend both of the synchronous sessions.

Where do I find detailed information about the workshop’s requirements?
Take a look at the syllabus.

How do I sign up?
Fill out this survey by no later than 10/13. We will cap the workshop at 10 people, so it’s best to sign up soon.

Check out the workshop’s trailer!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Inaugural Virtual Reality User Group meeting, 10/5

The Health Sciences Library is launching the first meeting of the Virtual Reality User Group with executive sponsors Dr. Edward Verrier, Professor and Chief of Surgery at UW School of Medicine and Tania Bardyn, Associate Dean for University Libraries and Director of the Health Sciences Library. This first meeting will take place on October 5th, 2017 from 11-12pm in the TRAIL room (T216) of the UW Health Sciences Library. The VR User Group will be meeting quarterly to explore topics in VR, and to educate and raise campus awareness of health sciences uses of VR technology. At this first meeting, Ryan James of Pear Med will present and demonstrate VR equipment and software.

Everyone from the UW community is welcomed to attend and participate. Since space in the TRAIL room is limited, please RSVP by 10/4 and complete this registration form. This event will also be streamed for those unable to attend in-person, and a recording will be made available on the Health Sciences Library’s TRAIL website. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Gabrielson.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Constitution Read-Aloud at UW Libraries

Tone up your civic engagement muscles by participating in the Twelfth Annual Constitution Read-Aloud on Friday, October 6, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 3rd floor Suzzallo Library.

All are welcome to listen. Those who volunteer as readers will be given several sentences to read. No rehearsal is necessary! The mood is informal, nonpartisan, and respectful.

It is not necessary to come for the whole time; many people stop by to catch a part of the reading, then come and go as they wish.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer 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 August 14-17, the UW Libraries is offering 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.

Data Management Planning Workshop
A free, tutor-supported online workshop
August 14 -17, 2017

Duration: Monday, August 14 - Thursday, August 17 (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, August 11, 2017.
  • 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 interactive with tutors appearing to be enthusiastic and eager to pitch in their ideas for any questions the workshop participants had. Thank you!
  • Very helpful at all levels of experience
  • 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!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Data Services Team.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Upcoming Workshop 7/24: Exploring Statistical Datasets with Data-Planet

Join us for an exploration of the UW Libraries latest online research tool, Data-Planet Statistical Datasets.  Data-Planet is an interdisciplinary e-resource geared exclusively toward helping users find, display, manipulate, and cite statistical data. We are already seeing the benefit to users as they search for education, labor, transportation, environmental, health, immigration, and poverty data.  In this training, we’ll cover how to search for, analyze, and output data and you’ll get hands-on practice answering statistical reference questions and generating charts, maps, rankings, and other visualizations. Comparisons to other tools such as Social Explorer, SimplyMap and American FactFinder will also be included. The session will be held Monday, July 24 from 10-11am in OUGL 102. Please RSVP here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Software Carpentry Classes: R and Python

The University of Washington eScience Institute will be holding Software Carpentry classes for Python and R, June 13-16, 2017. Classes run from 9:00am to 12:00pm for four days. The cost is $10 and space is limited.

"Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems." Learn more and register on the class website:

Monday, April 24, 2017

UW Data Science Seminar: Nathan Baker

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:30 Johnson 102

Nathan Baker, Director of the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and a Visiting Faculty member at Brown University, will be presenting "Uncertainty in Biomolecular Solvation" at this week's Data Science Seminar. The Data Science Seminar is free and open to the public.


Solvation-related interactions strongly influence a wide range of biomolecular processes. However, both our models and our information for parameterizing those models are imperfect. This talk will describe strategies for quantifying the uncertainty in biomolecular solvation models and optimizing those models to provide the best possible accuracy and performance. The first part of the talk will describe generalized polynomial chaos methods for quantifying solvation energy uncertainty due to conformational noise and errors in atomic charge and radius parameters. The second part of the talk will outline Bayesian methods for addressing model uncertainty through statistical aggregation of predictions from multiple models.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Guest Seminar: Andrew Hufton

Tuesday, Apr. 18, 1:30 p.m., Smith Hall 105

The UW eScience Institute's Repoducibility and Open Science Group is hosting Andrew Hufton, managing editor of scientific data Nature Research. Hufton's talk is entitled "Beyond supplementary material: Sharing data effectively through repositories and data journals."

The Nature Research journals understand that effective data sharing supports reproducibility and can increase the impact of published works. Indeed, our policies have long recognized that data sharing is a fundamental part of research publication. The increasing complexity and size of research datasets, however, poses challenges for scientists who wish to share their data in a reusable and transparent manner. Based on my experience at Scientific Data, an open-access data-focused journal from Nature Research, I will provide tips on how researchers can share their data in an effective manner that promotes reuse, supports the credibility of their research, and ensures they get proper credit. This will include advice on writing better data-rich papers, the basics of presenting datasets in a useful manner, and tips on how to find the right repository for your data. I will also explain Scientific Data's editorial policies and share some of our experiences peer-reviewing and publishing data so far.

Andrew is responsible for the editorial policies of Scientific Data, in consultation with the Honorary Editor and Advisory Panel, and works with the Editorial Board to ensure a fair and thorough peer-review process for all submissions. Andrew received his PhD from Stanford University in 2006, and did postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. His research included topics in developmental genetics, computational biology and genome evolution. Before joining Scientific Data, Andrew worked as an Editor at Molecular Systems Biology.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UW Data Science Seminar: Sir Philip Campbell

Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 p.m. in Physics/Astronomy Auditorium A118

Sir Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature, will be presenting “Pressures on principal investigators and their need of support: A consultation” at next week's Data Science Seminar. The Data Science Seminar is free and open to the public.

The role of PIs in sustaining the progress and robustness of research is critically important,and yet the pressures on them - some well advised, some not - seem to keep growing. To help Nature's future coverage of these issues, I will present an overview of some of the key pressures on PIs and invite insights and proposals into how funders, universities and journals might best mitigate them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Tools for Data Exploration


The University of Washington Libraries now subscribe to Data-Planet, an "interactive database [that] allows you to create tables, maps, and figures from a variety of licensed and public data sources" (find it anytime in the A-Z list of databases here). Access the database on-campus or log-in with your NetID for off-campus access. For information about the datasets included in the repository or for an introductory video, visit the Data-Planet libguide.


The UW Libraries are in the trial phase of PolicyMap, an online U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform that does not require any software download. Users can interact with data available on PolicyMap or upload their own spreadsheets to map data using just their browser. The trial period ends April 24, 2017 (find it in the A-Z list of databases here). Currently access is only available on-campus.