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We’re hiring.

2 hours 35 min ago

We are hiring a GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator

This new position will provide leadership for, develop and promote GIS and geospatial data services for faculty, staff, and students across all disciplines at UT.

Read the full posting here:

Open Data and Open Access Week

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:10pm

As part of our OA Week 2017 celebrations, we want to talk about how open data contributes to the open agenda. Open data are freely available to use, repurpose, and republish. Open Definition defines it as “data that can be freely used, re-used, and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike”.

Many calls to increase the amount of open data have been based on a desire to improve the transparency and reproducibility of research. In those cases, access to the data isn’t enough. There needs to be associated documentation that provide the user with enough information to be able to reproduce the original experiment or data processing.

The White House issued a memo in 2013 to expand public access to federally funded research. This directed all funding agencies that spend more than $100 million on R&D to develop a plan for how the results of that research would be shared. Many of these agencies now have information available online advising researchers on how to comply with the requirements and make their work more usable.

Journals are also starting to come up with data sharing policies for the articles they publish. Authors submitting articles to those journals should be prepared to also share the data that the article is based on. The Open Access Directory has a list of journal data policies:

In order to facilitate data sharing, the Linux Foundation recently announced the launch of Community Data License Agreements. These licenses are designed to enable sharing in the same way that open source software licenses have enabled sharing. Right now there are two available licenses: a CDLA-Sharing license and a CDLA_permissive license.

Universities and libraries have contributed to open data efforts by providing technology infrastructure, expert consultants, handouts and templates to make the process of sharing data easier. The UT Libraries have teamed up with the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Information Technology at UT, and Office of the Vice Provost for Research to provide Research Data Services to the UT campus community. In conjunction with the Texas Digital Library, we also offer the Texas Data Repository as a data archiving and sharing option for our researchers. The Texas Data Repository is just one of many data repositories that exist to help researchers share their data. re3data offers a fairly comprehensive list of possible data repositories:

Open data has the potential to move science forward, to improve the integrity of scientific research by allowing for the verification of research results, to improve the return on investment by reducing duplication of effort, and to enhance the visibility of research efforts by making data easier to find, use, and cite.

If you are interested in learning more about open data, here are a few helpful resources:

Austin Open Data:
Federal Government Data:
Open Data Handbook:
The State of Open Data Report 2017:

Donuts are BACK!

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 3:28pm

Research Data Services is delighted to host another semester of the popular Data & Donuts workshop series. There is plenty of new content as well as some old favorites — all aimed at promoting good practice in managing research data from project planning to long-term archiving.

All workshops will be on Fridays at 3:00pm in the The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL). Dates and details below:

Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice
Jessica Trelogan
September 8
PCL Learning Lab 4

Sweet Technical Details (from ITS)
Angela Newell
September 15
PCL Learning Lab 4

Cleaning Data with OpenRefine
Jessica Trelogan
September 22
PCL Learning Lab 4

Metadata Basics
Melanie Cofield
September 29
PCL Learning Lab 3

Introduction to Data Visualization
Allyssa Guzman and Sarah Morris
October 6
PCL Learning Lab 3

Introduction to R and the Tidyverse
Spencer Fox
October 13 (2 hours)
PCL Data Lab

Introduction to Tableau
Bonnie Brown Real and Krystal Wyatt-Baxter
October 20
PCL Learning Lab 4

Archiving and Publishing Research Data with the Texas Data Repository
Jessica Trelogan
October 27
PCL Learning Lab 4

Working with Geospatial Data
Jessica Trelogan
November 3
PCL Learning Lab 4