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Information Literacy

Data information literacy

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Integrating Data Science Tools Into A Graduate Level Data Management Course, Pete E. Pascuzzi, Megan R. Sapp Nelson Dec 2018

Integrating Data Science Tools Into A Graduate Level Data Management Course, Pete E. Pascuzzi, Megan R. Sapp Nelson

Journal of eScience Librarianship

Objective: This paper describes a project to revise an existing research data management (RDM) course to include instruction in computer skills with robust data science tools.

Setting: A Carnegie R1 university.

Brief Description: Graduate student researchers need training in the basic concepts of RDM. However, they generally lack experience with robust data science tools to implement these concepts holistically. Two library instructors fundamentally redesigned an existing research RDM course to include instruction with such tools. The course was divided into lecture and lab sections to facilitate the increased instructional burden. Learning objectives and assessments were designed at a higher order ...


The Problem With Dates: Applying Iso 8601 To Research Data Management, Kristin A. Briney Sep 2018

The Problem With Dates: Applying Iso 8601 To Research Data Management, Kristin A. Briney

Journal of eScience Librarianship

Dates appear regularly in research data and metadata but are a problematic data type to normalize due to a variety of potential formats. This suggests an opportunity for data librarians to assist with formatting dates, yet there are frequent examples of data librarians using diverse strategies for this purpose. Instead, data librarians should adopt the international date standard ISO 8601. This standard provides needed consistency in date formatting, allows for inclusion of several types of date-time information, and can sort dates chronologically. As regular advocates for standardization in research data, data librarians must adopt ISO 8601 and push for its ...


Gaining Competency: Learning To Teach Data Visualization, Kristin A. Briney Dec 2017

Gaining Competency: Learning To Teach Data Visualization, Kristin A. Briney

Journal of eScience Librarianship

Data services librarians are often faced with local needs in all 12 data information literacy competencies (Carlson et al. 2011) but may not have the requisite skills in each area to offer services.

Gaining expertise in an unfamiliar competency, particularly one which has not historically been associated with the library like “data visualization and representation”, can be challenging.

This paper identifies a scaffolding for librarians to gain foundational experience in data visualization and provides a case study on one library’s initial service offering in this area – a “Data Visualization 101” workshop.


A Pilot Competency Matrix For Data Management Skills: A Step Toward The Development Of Systematic Data Information Literacy Programs, Megan R. Sapp Nelson Feb 2017

A Pilot Competency Matrix For Data Management Skills: A Step Toward The Development Of Systematic Data Information Literacy Programs, Megan R. Sapp Nelson

Journal of eScience Librarianship

Initial work in identifying data management or data information literacy skills generally went as far as identifying a list of proposed competencies without further differentiation between those competencies, whether by discipline, complexity, or use case. This article describes a significant innovation upon existing competencies by identifying a scaffolding (built upon existing competencies) that moves students progressively from undergraduate training through post graduate coursework and research to post-doctoral work and into the early years of data stewardship. The scaffolding ties together existing research that has been completed in research data management skills and data information literacy with research into the outcomes ...


Building The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum, Donna Kafel, Andrew T. Creamer, Elaine R. Martin Dec 2014

Building The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum, Donna Kafel, Andrew T. Creamer, Elaine R. Martin

Journal of eScience Librarianship

The need for a curriculum designed for librarians to use for teaching STEM research data management skills to their constituents from diverse STEM disciplines has been widely identified. (Qin and D’Ignazio 2010). From 2012-2014, a collaborative group of New England librarians, led by a project team from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed lecture notes, presentation slides, assignments, readings, and case studies for teaching research data management. The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) is unique in its flexibility; providing subject agnostic instructional materials in a modular format for teaching common data management best practices along with ...


Implementing A Graduate-Level Data Information Literacy Curriculum At Oregon State University: Approach, Outcomes And Lessons Learned, Amanda L. Whitmire Apr 2014

Implementing A Graduate-Level Data Information Literacy Curriculum At Oregon State University: Approach, Outcomes And Lessons Learned, Amanda L. Whitmire

University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

Purpose

This poster examines the development and inaugural offering of a credit-bearing graduate-level course in data information literacy (DIL). The purpose of the course was to enable students to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in DIL that would support long-term habits in planning, management, preservation and sharing of research data.

Setting/Participants

Oregon State University Libraries partnered with the Graduate School to facilitate the process of establishing a new credit-bearing course in the OSU catalog. The course is open to graduate students from all disciplines without any prerequisites, and is taught by the Libraries’ Data Management Specialist.

Brief Description

This ...


Developing A Data Management Curriculum For Graduate Students In The Natural Resources, Sarah J. Wright, Camille Andrews Apr 2014

Developing A Data Management Curriculum For Graduate Students In The Natural Resources, Sarah J. Wright, Camille Andrews

University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

Objective

E-science has created a need for new skill sets for graduate students managing, working with and curating their research data. How can librarians help teach data management skills?

Methods

Librarians at Albert R. Mann Library collaborated with faculty in the Department of Natural Resources to determine educational priorities and deliver a one-credit special topics course in Spring 2013. Several assessment methods were used in order to determine the success of the instruction, including in-class active and collaborative learning exercises, post-class one-minute reflections, and a final survey.

Results

Data Management, Data organization, Data quality and Documentation, Data analysis and Visualization ...