Research Data Management Week is Back!

You’ve heard about research data management through coverage on national initiatives or regular updates on what’s happening in the space, but when working in this area day-to-day how do you support research data management activities?

RDMW connects what you’re doing everyday with colleagues working in the same space to share knowledge, best practices and get answers to your questions. Whether your questions revolve around archiving or best practices for naming and organizing data files, we have an abundance of workshops waiting for you. Workshops will be held during Research Data Management Week and start April 25.

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for Research Data Management Week!

Browse workshops below:

Research Computing Brown Bag
Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Location: ECHA 1-190
Bring your lunch and participate in a short overview of the research computing resources and services available to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Alberta. Topics will include different computing resources available, how to get access to large resource amounts, and upcoming training.  This is intended to be an interactive session so bring your questions.
No registration required.

 
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 9am - 9:50am
Location: CAB 269
Wondering if it would make sense to take your research into “The Cloud”?  Find out what cloud computing is, how it is being used to support research, and what resources are available in this high-level introduction that will give you time to ask your own questions. Looking for a hands-on introduction? There is a half-day workshop on Friday, April 27.
No registration required.


Introduction to HPC/Cluster Computing
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 10am - 10:50am
Location: CAB 269
Curious if high-performance computing (HPC) on the cluster computing systems available in Canada might allow you to get more research done and done faster?  This high-level introduction will tell you what resources are available and how they are being used while giving you time to ask your own questions. Looking to get a hands-on introduction to accessing the systems and parallel computing principles?  Consider the High Performance Computing Carpentry workshop on May 28 & 29.
No registration required.


Introduction to High Performance Compute Scheduling
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 11am - 11:50am
Location: CAB 269
Use of the high performance computing clusters is governed by a tool called a “scheduler” that balances providing access in accord with the resource amounts that each researcher has been granted with ensuring that the system is sitting idle as little as possible.  Led by the lead designer of the national scheduling system, this high-level introduction will walk you through the core principles of the scheduling process to ensure that you are able to get as much done on these shared systems a possible. Need more details? There is a two-day workshop on May 30 and June 1.
No registration required.


Introduction to Accessing Large Amounts of Compute Resources
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 1pm - 1:50pm
Location: CAB 269
Gaining access to large amounts of resources for research involves a competitive process similar to applying to a grant from one of the tri-councils. This short overview will walk you through the process, give you behind-the-scenes tips for being successful, and let you ask questions to decide if applying makes sense for supporting your research.
No registration required.


Tour of the U of A Data Centre
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 2pm - 2:50pm
Location: Meet at the IST Help Desk on the Second Floor of the General Services Building
Would you like to see the “super computers” that are on campus and available to U of A researchers?  This tour will take you inside the U of A Data Centre and show you both the machines and the infrastructure that supports them.
No registration required.


Introduction to the Messy Details of High Performance Computing
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 3pm - 3:50pm
Location: CAB 269
Do you want more details about the national systems and the infrastructure that supports them than was provided by either the earlier introduction or the data centre tour?  If so then this focused session will walk you through the architecture of these systems on a more granular level so that you can see exactly what resources are available and begin imagine how you might interact with these systems in non-standard ways.
No registration required.


Hands on with OwnCloud
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 1pm - 1:20pm
Location: ECHA L1-350
Are you wondering where your data is stored with file services like Drive and Dropbox? OwnCloud is a drop-box-like tool for storing and sharing files that Compute Canada runs an instance of at Simon Fraser University that will give all account holders 50GB by default. This fast overview will show you the base functionality of OwnCloud and let you know about pending changes to the system. Participants should bring their own laptop, have a Compute Canada account, and register for this workshop in advance so that the appropriate credentials to participate can be generated.
Register here!


Hands on with Globus File Transfer
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Location: ECHA L1-350
Anyone who has ever had to transfer either many files or large volumes of data between systems will benefit from knowing more about the Globus File Transfer system.  With features like “fire and forget” transfer, encryption with a click, useful sharing settings, and efficient use of available network bandwidth Globus makes moving data easier—and faster—than it would otherwise be.  Participants should bring their own laptop, have a Compute Canada account, and register for this workshop in advance so that the appropriate credentials to participate can be generated.
Register here!


Hands on with Cloud
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Location: ECHA L1-350
This short workshop will walk attendees through the process of logging in to the Compute Canada cloud and creating a small virtual machine that could then be further developed to act as a research portal or carry-out automated tasks like web scraping.  Participants should bring their own laptop, have a Compute Canada account, and complete THIS FORM at least two-days in advance so that the appropriate credentials to participate can be generated.
Register here!


The Carpentries Instructor Training
Date: Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1
Time: 9am - 5pm CENTRAL
Location: Online
The course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher. In particular, this training is aimed at those who want to become Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors, run workshops and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. You don’t currently have to be an instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you do need to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improving your teaching techniques.  A full description is available in the link below.
IMPORTANT:  This course is now full but a wait list has been started.
Register for the waitlist.

Teaching and Researching with Data at the University of Alberta: tools, services, and ideas
L'enseignement et la recherche à base de données à l'université de l'Alberta: des outils, des services et des idées

Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Location: Bibliothèque Saint-Jean 1-12E
Do you handle research data in the course of your research? Would you like to hear about University of Alberta Libraries services that can help you organize, manage, and archive your data? Leah Vanderjagt, Head of Digital Repositories and Research Data Management at UAL will give a presentation on the fundamental concepts of Research Data Management and connect these concepts to practical steps you can take for Research Data Management - today!

You are invited to come hear Professor ElAtia talk about her experience in managing, preserving, and sharing data originating from her research and her courses. She will present data mining as project management and process mining. She will include numerous real-life situations, for example the use of Moodle as an anonymous source of student data. She will raise three issues pertaining to data: confidentiality in data handling, sharing and disseminating data, and storing data.

Etes vous responsable de gérer des données issues de vos recherches? Aimeriez-vous savoir quels services offrent les bibliothèques de l'Université de l'Alberta (UAL) afin de vous aider à organiser, à gérer et à archiver vos données? Leah Vanderjagt, directrice de Digital Repositories and Research Data Management à UAL, donnera une présentation en anglais sur les concepts fondamentaux de la gestion des données de recherche et fera le lien entre ceux-ci et les moyens pratiques de les aborder dès aujourd'hui!

Venez entendre le professeur ElAtia parler de son expérience à gérer, préserver et partager les données issues de la recherche et de ses cours. Elle présentera l'exploration des données en tant que gestion de projet et de "process mining." Elle fera part de nombreux exemples concrets, dont l'utilisation de Moodle comme moyen anonyme de gérer les données d'étudiants. Elle soulèvera trois points : Confidentialité des données, partage des données pour la promotion de la recherche, et sauvegarde des données.
No registration required. View event poster.


Speed Data-ing: Share Your Data Stories and Talk About Solutions!
Date: May 2
Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: Cameron Library 4-02
Not a dating event - a data-ing event! Graduate students at the U of A play an important role in organizing and managing research data. At this event, you'll meet other grad students on campus responsible for research data, and have a chance to swap stories about the data you work with in a fun, "speed networking" format designed to facilitate several quick conversations to discover common challenges and share the things that are helping you in your work. You'll also meet library staff involved in supporting research data management and learn about what they do. A lunch-time reception will follow. Later, we'll share the set of themes that we heard and suggest some resources to help. By sharing the unique problems graduate students face in organizing and managing research data, you help the university understand how to serve you and future students in your role as research data managers!
Register here!


Research Data Management: Problem (and Solution!) Corners
Date: May 4
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Location: CAB 269
A dedicated drop-in session for anyone responsible for managing data! Bring a burning question and talk to campus experts on how to begin solving your most profound data management problems. Make connections (solution corners) with campus experts who can support you in your work and hopefully offer information to help you get started on your most wicked research data management problems.
Corners will include:
- Data management planning: tools and supports
- Data organization practices
- Describing your data so that people can use it: metadata and research data
- Preparing data for long-term archiving at project close: data management for archiving
- Evaluating data management for active data and archiving environments for long-term preservation
- Meeting grant and publisher’s data requirements and advice on best approaches
Register here!


Data Carpentry
Date: Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Location: CAB 341 & 345
This hands-on workshop focuses on the introductory computational skills needed for data management, analysis, and visualization and targets learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The specific software tools used to introduce these skills will be the command line, OpenRefine, and either R or python.  Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. A full explanation of the workshop and the registration tool may be found at the link below.
Register here!


Software Carpentry 
Date: Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Location: ECHA L1 - 350
This hands-on workshop will cover important concepts for research computing including program design, version control, data management, and task automation.  The specific software tools used to introduce these concepts in this workshop will be the command line, git/github, and python. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.  A full explanation of the workshop and the registration tool may be found at the link below.
Register here!


High Performance Computing Carpentry
Date: Monday, May 28 & Tuesday, May 29
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Location: ECHA L1 - 350
This hands-on workshop will cover important concepts for taking research computing onto the national computing clusters. The specific skills covered will include how to log on to the systems, moving files, basic interactions with the scheduler and programming for parallel environments.  The specific software tools used will be the command line and Chapel. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. A full explanation of the workshop and the registration tool may be found at the link below.
Register here!


3D Scientific Visualization
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Location: ECHA L1 - 350
Led by WestGrid visualization expert Alex Razoumov this one-day, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to ParaView, a 3D scientific visualization tool. Participants should bring their own laptop.
Register here!


Advanced Scheduling 
Date: Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Location: ECHA L1 - 350
Led by the lead designer of Compute Canada’s scheduling system this hands-on workshop will go beyond the scheduling basics covered in HPC Carpentry and reveal the full complexity of the scheduling system.  This level of details will benefit researchers and teams that are looking to maximize the amount of resources available to them on the system.
Register here!

Research Data Management Week is held in collaboration with University of Alberta Libraries and Information Services & Technology (IST).

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