We (by which I mostly mean me) here at UTS Library are excited to be taking part in the upcoming 'Making Sense of Data' course, being run by Google from tomorrow. It is free to join and, according to the blurb, is intended for "anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data.
At the risk of boring some of you, I thought I'd post a little about the recent library conference that some of us attended: the ALIA Information Online conference held in Brisbane during February 2013. I have to declare that I was on the Program Committee for the conference, so maybe you'll read some bias into my comments here. I'm trying to be objective.
The Library has developed an online data management planning checklist, providing a critical tool for managing your research.
Will 'future' you understand 'today' you's descriptions of your data collection and analysis processes? Can you relate to file names that look something like 'final.doc', 'finalv2.doc', or 'finalfinalv2.doc'?
Where is your data? Do you need to share it with others, or work on it from different locations? Have you thought about how you might access your data in the future if the software you're using now no longer exists?
In research, we like to talk about 'standing on the shoulders of giants' - but will someone be able to stand on your shoulders? Have you thought about sharing your research data after you've extracted all you can from it?
Passwords and back-ups and storage - oh my! Keeping your data safe from prying eyes and disasters is more important and possibly more challenging than ever - are you taking it seriously?