Data Curation Workshops


 

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Workshop on Preparing qualitative data for sharing and re-use

This workshop is for researchers interested or actively engaged in the creation and management of qualitative research data, and looks at the steps required to prepare data for sharing and reuse.

We will cover existing best practices and tools, looking at data preparation, ensuring that non-proprietary formats are used, and raw data are documented to capture as much context as possible. We pay attention to design of consent forms, and methods of anonymisation and controlling access, that seek to balance ethics with sharing research information for the public good. Finally we show examples of how data can be published (with various access restrictions, where needed) and look at the impact of sharing data as a valued research output, and of course, a great long-lasting asset!

We track examples of successfully archived qualitative data as it makes its way through the data assessment, review, processing, curation, and publishing pipeline.

Guidance 

  1. UK Data Service: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data
  2. Sharing social data in multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research: Best practice guide for researchers: http://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/Sharing%20social%20data.pdf
  3. DataFirst: https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/services/data-curation-process
  4. Sage Handbook: Corti, L., Van den Eynden, V., Bishop, L and Woollard, M. Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice. Sage Publications Ltd. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/9781446267264

Workshop presenter

Louise Corti is Associate Director at the UK Data Archive, since 2000, and currently leads the UK Data Service’s Collections Development and Producer Relations team. She works closely with data producers from all sectors to ensure that high quality data are created and acquired. Her research activities are focused on methods for sharing and reusing social research data, and she has directed research awards relating to data support, management and sharing. She was instrumental in helping operationalise the ESRC's Research Data Policy from 1995 and extending this to fully accommodate qualitative data. Louise publishes and edits regularly in books and journals on aspects of data sharing and reuse of data, and regularly acts as a consultant for new qualitative archives setting up round the world.

 Date:  30 August 2016,    Time: 10h00-12h30

 Venue: DataFirst Training Centre, Level 3, School of Economics Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town

  

How to understand Big Data: Strategies for understanding your big data and getting new knowledge from it

This is a short introductory workshop into understanding Big Data, what it is and what strategies you can adopt to make the most of it. Volume, Velocity and Variety are all indicative about the shape of big data you might be dealing with, but the most important V of big data is Value. We need new strategies for achieving this value for scientific research.

The workshop will cover:

  • Putting new knowledge first. What questions do you want to answer?
  • Defining metrics for success – why we care about data integrity and reproducibility
  • What is Big Data?
  • What Big Data solutions are available to you for free?
  • Brief introduction to Hadoop
  • What is data science?
  • How to approach data mining and exploratory data analysis
  • Making big data as small as possible, as quick as possible
  • Variable variables and other headaches
  • Do you know what your real sample size is?
  • Plotting your big data so you don’t miss the obvious
  • Testing hypotheses and calling things significant
  • Managing spurious correlations
  • Smoothing data to understand significant relationships spatial/temporal data
  • Strategies for improving prediction accuracy by averaging many models together.

Pre-requisites for attendance:

Familiarity with using and applying science/research data to answer questions;

An understanding of statistics is desirable;

An appreciation of how databases operate is also desirable;

A basic overview of computing infrastructure and algorithm methodologies will be discussed but at an introductory level, assuming no prior knowledge.

Workshop presenter

Nathan Cunningham is Functional Director of Big Data with strategic and operational responsibility for the UK Data Service support for the ESRC's Big Data Network. He leads a team of technologists and data scientists providing strategic and technical oversight of the UK Data Service's Open Data Platform (ODP)

 

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 Date:  31 August 2016,    Time: 10h00-12h30

 Venue: DataFirst Training Centre, Level 3, School of Economics Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town

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