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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: Feb 15

Open Government Data

We will discuss finding and using this type of data for all levels of government, and considerations for including it within your data management plan.

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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.

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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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RDM and Research Workflow Design

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Zoom webinar

Research Computing Services Director Abdel Yousif will show the correlation of RDM data management plans (DMPs) and how a research data pipeline is designed. The session will focus on research software and how it is integrated into the RDM operations and the use of the research infrastructure.

Presenter

Abdel Yousif is the Director of Research Computing Services (RCS) at the University of Calgary. Yousif’s RCS team manages the local High-Performance Computing (HPC) and storage infrastructure for research, national infrastructure activity, and the secure compute platform for sensitive data. Prior to joining UCalgary, Yousif was a senior microprocessor design engineer at Intel and managed big data analytics at Shaw Communications. 


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Open Government Data

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Zoom webinar


Open government data refers to data collected and managed by government agencies that is made freely available to the public. In this session, we’ll discuss finding and using this type of data for all levels of government, and considerations for including it within your data management plan.

Presenters

Paul R. Pival is currently Research Librarian for Data Analytics and Liaison Librarian for Economics. He predominantly works with qualitative data within the Spatial and Numeric Data Services unit within Libraries and Cultural Resources, and is the institutional contact for the Statistics Canada Data Liberation Initiative.
 
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.


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RDM in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 
Zoom webinar

Previous webinars in this series have provided overviews of Research Data Management (RDM) and data management plans (DMPs). This session will focus on information specific to social sciences and humanities. We’ll look at common types of data in these disciplines as well as discipline-specific tools and resources. Case examples will illustrate different approaches to data management in the humanities and social sciences.

Presenters

Alexandra Alisauskas (she/her) is a Learning and Engagement Librarian at the University of Calgary where supports researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Her current research explores person-centred approaches to library, archival, and information services. She lives and works as a grateful guest on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta.

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:

  • 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
  • TBD: Indigenous Data Panel

 

Past webinars

All materials from the Illuminating RDM webinar series will be compiled into Open Educational Resources and added to the UCalgary Libraries Digital Collection. UCalgary CAS Login is required to access recordings and slides in their entirety. 

Research Data Management: What it is and why it matters

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. 

Presenter

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. 

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:

  • 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 

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. 

Presenter

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. 

PRISM Data is the University of Calgary’s institutional data repository, supported by Libraries and Cultural Resources. In this session we will discuss PRISM Data, benefits and limitations, preparing your data for sharing, and depositing datasets for longer term access. Attendees are welcome to bring along their datasets should they wish to create an account and start depositing data.

Presenter

Kathryn Ruddock (she/her) is Director, Digital Services at University of Calgary. Kathryn is passionate about creating access to unique digital collections through sustainable repositories. She works with faculty, staff and students creating digital collections for research, teaching and cultural heritage; and digital asset management.

This session will address the overlap between the ethical conduct of research with human participants and research data management practices. We will provide an overview of ethics-related standards relating to data management, and discuss practical strategies researchers should undertake to ensure human participant privacy and confidentiality is protected in data collection, analyses and storage. 

Presenters

Dr. Stacey Page, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and an Adjunct Professor, Alberta University of the Arts.  She has close to 20 years of REB experience in varied roles - as a student, administrator, advisor, member, researcher and vice chair.   She currently Chairs the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary, is a member of the Human Research Ethics Board, Mount Royal University as well as a member of the Research Ethics Board, Alberta University of the Arts.

Dr. Jenny Godley, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary. Trained as a quantitative sociologist, she uses demographic and social network analytic techniques to examine the processes which lead to and perpetuate social inequalities in health. She has been a member of the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) since 2016. She is entering her second term as Chair of the CFREB, a role she has held since 2019.

In this session, Research Computing Services Director Abdel Yousif will give some concrete examples and scenarios on RDM during the active phase of a research project. The session will show the diversity of data and how it impacts the operational side of RDM.

Presenter

Abdel Yousif is the Director of Research Computing Services (RCS) at the University of Calgary. Yousif’s RCS team manages the local High-Performance Computing (HPC) and storage infrastructure for research, national infrastructure activity, and the secure compute platform for sensitive data. Prior to joining UCalgary, Yousif was a senior microprocessor design engineer at Intel and managed big data analytics at Shaw Communications.

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