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Illuminating Research Data Management

Professional Development Webinar Series

October 2022 - April 2023

Illuminating Research Data Management is a webinar series designed to empower researchers to confidently work with data at all phases of their research program.

Over the next 8 months, UCalgary will be hosting a series of webinars to help prepare the research community for the incoming Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy. This policy requires researchers to adopt sound RDM and data stewardship practices, including Data Management Plans and Data Deposit. The Tri-Agencies will be implementing the policy in stages over the next few years. 

We are preparing for a future state in which most Tri-Agency funding opportunities will have a data management requirement included in their application process.  

Illuminating RDM is presented with the support of a SSHRC Connection Grant. 

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Next Illuminating RDM webinar: Oct 5

Research Data Management: What it is and Why it Matters

This session will introduce you to the essentials of RDM, and provide you with tips and resources to help you effectively and consistently manage your data. 

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All UCalgary welcome

Illuminating RDM webinars are free and open to all members of the UCalgary research community and to all those who support research at UCalgary.

Can't attend a webinar?

All webinars will be recorded, and the recordings will be posted on the UCalgary website approximately one week after their presentation date. 

More questions?

If you still have questions after your webinar, visit the RDM Learning Resources webpage or email research.data@ucalgary.libanswers.com.

Upcoming webinars

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Research Data Management: What it is and why it matters

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
12 – 1 p.m. (MT).
Zoom Webinar

With funders and publishers increasingly implementing research data management (RDM) requirements, it’s crucial to think about what you’re doing with your research data, both during a research project and after it’s completed. This session will introduce you to the essentials of RDM, and provide you with tips and resources to help you effectively and consistently manage your data. 

Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Abel, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Abel is the Research Data Management Specialist in the Research Services Office. Prior to returning to UCalgary in 2021 after many years away, she worked as the RDM Training Coordinator for the Portage Network and the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, as well as in a variety of other academic and related roles. 

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Research Data Management in Action! Researchers talk about their RDM practices

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
12 –1 p.m. (MT)
Zoom webinar

When you’re just starting to think about research data management, it may be difficult to see how it can actually fit into your own research projects. Learn from UCalgary researchers who are already implementing good RDM practices in their work, and how it makes a real difference in their projects. 

Panelists (lineup subject to change):

  • Dr. Fiona Clement, PhD, Department Head and Professor, Community Health Sciences
  • Dr. Jenny Godley, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Dr. Roberto Medeiros de Souza, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Jason Wiens, PhD, Teaching Professor, English 

Dr. Fiona Clement, PhD, is the Director of the Health Technology Assessment Unit which is a policy-responsive evidence synthesis Unit that supports evidence-informed policy development.  Her work covers many topics including specific technologies, cannabis legalization, and pharmaceutical coverage. 

Dr. Jenny Godley, PhD, does research on the mechanisms through which social class affects health. She uses some secondary data, including both public use Statistics Canada datasets and microdata available in the Research Data Centre, and administrative health data, and also collects her own data using survey and social network methods. 

Dr. Roberto Medeiros de Sousa, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Software Engineering, and works on the application of Artificial Intelligence to improve medical imaging. Roberto designed and currently manages the Calgary-Campinas Public dataset, which aims to support the development of innovative machine learning models to reconstruct, process and analyze medical images.

Dr. Jason Wiens, PhD, is a Teaching Professor in the Department of English, whose areas of research include contemporary poetry, Canadian and Victorian literature, archival studies, and literary audio. He is a team member on the SpokenWeb project, which is developing new approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of literary sound recordings. 

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Creating a Data Management Plan (DMP) with DMP Assistant

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12 – 1 p.m. (MT)
Zoom webinar

DMP Assistant is a web-based Canadian tool for writing data management plans. In this session we’ll work through a case study example to create a DMP, and we’ll look at other real-life DMP examples. 

Hosted by Heather Ganshorn

Heather Ganshorn is the Research Data Management Planning coordinator for Libraries and Cultural Resources at UCalgary. She is also the subject librarian for various disciplines in the sciences and health sciences. 

Future sessions

Illuminating RDM webinars will run bi-weekly October 2022 – April 2023. Future sessions will include:

  • November 9, 2022: Data Deposit
  • November 23, 2022: Ethics and Data at UCalgary
  • December 7, 2022: Indigenous Data Panel
  • January 18, 2023: Research Computing Services
  • February 1, 2023: Intro to High Performance Computing
  • February 15, 2023: Open Government Data
  • March 1, 2023: Disciplinary Data Resources: Social Sciences and Humanities
  • March 15, 2023: Disciplinary Data Resources: Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • March 29, 2023: Disciplinary Data Resources: Health Research
  • April 12, 2023: Prairie Regional Research Data Centre Services


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