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Research Data Management Events @ Library | University of Waterloo: Research Data Management Conference 2015

Program & Registration

We are in the process of finalizing the agenda for this year's Research Data Management Conference, but in the meantime we can provide a general outline of the event:

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Location: DC 1568, University of Waterloo


Short Talks Abstracts

Managing Dramaturgical Data: the Stratford Festival Prompt-Books

Dr. Toby Malone
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo

The Stratford Festival hosts the world’s largest Archives devoted to a single theatre in the world, which includes an exhaustive collection of prompt-book materials that represents the dramaturgical heritage of the institution. These invaluable practical resources, working texts which form the organisational core of a production’s stage managerial arsenal, exist only in hard copy, accessible only to Archives visitors. Dr. Malone presents a digital solution to the presentation of such stage-managerial materials, and offers perspectives on their practical futures.

It Takes a Village: Lessons on Organizational Models, Client Needs, and RDM Service Provision

Michael Steeleworthy
Data Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

Michael is the data librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University Library and coordinates its research data management (RDM) services. He will discuss the challenges of developing an RDM programme that can benefit researchers from across the curriculum. While an organization’s model of RDM service delivery is determined by its available technology, expertise, and stakeholder support, a research team’s data management needs and outcomes are often driven by its people, historic practices, and disciplinary cultures. Flexibility and outreach is required to determine the proper fit for the research team and their work.

Perspective of a Data Manager on Polar Research Data management

Gabrielle Alix
Data Manager, Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) at the University of Waterloo is a portal and archive for Arctic and Antarctic data and information. Hear about the importance of managing and archiving data collected in the coldest places on Earth. Also, discover a data manager's challenges and opportunities.

Bit by Bit: The use of Dataverse in the Environment Ecology Lab, University of Waterloo

Marian Davies
Liaison Librarian, University of Waterloo
Courtney Earl Matthews
Digital Repository Librarian, University of Waterloo
Bev Raimbault
Coordinator of the Ecology Lab, Environment Faculty, University of Waterloo

The Ecology Lab at the University of Waterloo began in 1969. Throughout this time Environment students have been collecting data, either during planned labs for individual or group projects, or for undergraduate thesis projects. Generally, this data is not used beyond the reports written. Dataverse provides an opportunity for students to build and share datasets. As some of the data is routinely collected year after year, there would be an opportunity for a time series analysis. In addition, students will benefit in learning more about statistics in general, how to identify and organize their data. Bev Raimbault, Coordinator, Ecology Lab, and Marian Davies, Liaison Librarian, Environment Faculty, will share their experience on how Dataverse was introduced into the Lab, the challenges, and plans for the future.


Questions or comments?

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