Category: Tools for Data

An RDM Model for Researchers: What we’ve learned

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on our previous blog post describing our data management tool for researchers. We received a great deal of input related to our guide’s use of the term “data sharing” and our guide’s position in relation to other RDM tools as well as quite a few questions about what our guide […]

Building a user-friendly RDM maturity model

UC3 is developing a guide to help researchers assess and progress the maturity of their data management practices. What are we doing? Researchers are increasingly faced with new expectations and obligations in regards to data management. To help researchers navigate this changing landscape and to complement existing instruments that enable librarians and other data managers […]

Who “owns” your data?

This post was originally published on the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication blog. Which of these is true? “The PI owns the data.” “The university owns the data.” “Nobody can own it; data isn’t copyrightable.” You’ve probably heard somebody say at least one of these things — confidently. Maybe you’ve heard all of […]

Science Boot Camp West

Last week Stanford Libraries hosted the third annual Science Boot Camp West (SBCW 2015), “… building on the great Science Boot Camp events held at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013 and at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2014. Started in Massachusetts and spreading throughout the USA, science boot camps for librarians are […]

Announcing The Dash Tool: Data Sharing Made Easy

We are pleased to announce the launch of Dash – a new self-service tool from the UC Curation Center (UC3) and partners that allows researchers to describe, upload, and share their research data. Dash helps researchers perform the following tasks: Prepare data for curation by reviewing best practice guidance for the creation or acquisition of […]

Dash Project Receives Funding!

We are happy to announce the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has funded our project to improve the user interface and functionality of our Dash tool! You can read the full grant text at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2mw6v93b. More about Dash Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and […]

DataONE Funded by NSF for Another Round!

This is a week for important funding announcements! I already blogged about our new NSF funding for a Data-Level Metrics project with PLOS and DataONE, and on the heels of that, DataONE has announced their newest round of funding! I’ve borrowed heavily from their press release for this post. If you aren’t familiar with the work DataONE has been doing, […]

The Dash Partners Meeting

This past Thursday, 30 University of California system librarians, developers, and colleagues from nine of the ten campuses assembled at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library for a discussion of the Dash service. If you weren’t aware, Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and share […]

Git/GitHub: A Primer for Researchers

I might be what a guy named Everett Rogers would call an “early adopter“. Rogers wrote a book back in 1962 call The Diffusion of Innovation, wherein he explains how and why technology spreads through cultures. The “adoption curve” from his book has been widely used to  visualize the point at which a piece of technology or […]

Abandon all hope, ye who enter dates in Excel

Big thanks to Kara Woo of Washington State University for this guest blog post! Update: The XLConnect package has been updated to fix the problem described below; however, other R packages for interfacing with Excel may import dates incorrectly. One should still use caution when storing data in Excel. Like anyone who works with a lot of […]