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It’s Love Data Week: Here’s How We Can Support Your Data Needs

Love Data Week is from February 8 to 12, 2021, and what better way to celebrate than to share with you the many ways we can support your data needs? This year has helped us evolve the way we offer programs and workshops, providing us with new ways to support the U of G community. This article outlines the variety of ways you can get the data support you need at every stage of the data lifecycle.

New Data Skills Immersion Program (Asynchronous)

We offer a series of data related workshops each semester, some synchronous and others asynchronous to help various members of the University community with their data needs. A new development this semester is the Data Skills Immersion program. “The special focus of the program is to familiarize attendees with the data lifecycle and how what happens with their data at each stage has an impact on their final output,” said Jennifer Marvin, librarian, Research & Scholarship.

The Data Skills Immersion program was designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge of how to collect, manage, clean, analyze, and visualize all types of data. By registering for the program, you’ll have access to hands-on activities where we use real world data and teach you more about tools like Qualtrics, OpenRefine, SPSS, SAS, NVIVO, ArcMap, Voyant, and Tableau. Each workshop is between one and two hours in length and can be accessed on your own time via CourseLink. “The workshops are meant to be introductory and provide a starting point for beginners or refresh for intermediate users. They are open to all students, staff, and faculty,” said Marvin.

The Data Skills Immersion program offers modules on the following topics:

  • Data Basics
  • Getting Data
  • Introduction to Survey Creation with Qualtrics
  • Cleaning and Preparing Data
  • Analyzing Data
  • Visualizing Data

Data Skills Workshops (Synchronous)

We also offer Synchronous Data Skills workshops. These workshops expand beyond the basics of data management and will provide you with a more thorough understanding of different tools used throughout the data lifecycle.

Data Appointments and Consultations

You can also book an online appointment with us to receive personalized support and continue growing your data skills. When we meet, we can discuss your data in more detail, and build off the skills you have developed either on your own or through a workshop you’ve taken with us.

Celebrating Love Data Week

In addition to checking out what we offer the University community, we encourage you to explore what others are doing to celebrate Love Data Week 2021, free of charge.


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