Welcome Erika Boghici!

I’m delighted to announce that UT Libraries has a new GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator, Erika Boghici, on staff. Erika has a strong background as a GIS professional with long experience in geospatial data collection, analysis, and the development of information products. She will be expanding our Research Data Services to offer campus-wide support for geospatial research, teaching, and learning.

Welcome, Erika!

Featured Project: Digital Rocks Portal

Digital Rocks is a data portal for fast storage and retrieval, sharing, organization and analysis of images of varied porous micro-structures. It has the purpose of enhancing research resources for modeling/prediction of porous material properties in the fields of Petroleum, Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Geology.

This platform allows managing,  preserving, visualization and basic analysis of available images of porous materials and experiments performed on them, and any accompanying measurements (porosity, capillary pressure, permeability, electrical, NMR and elastic properties, etc.) required for both validation on modeling approaches and the upscaling and building of larger (hydro)geological models.

Read more about the project:  https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/-/digital-rock-physics-helps-scientists-understand-porous-media 

Data and Donuts!

Want to learn how to take better care of your research data? Love donuts? Join us on Friday afternoons this Spring for a bit of both! Research Data Services is hosting a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research life cycle.

Fridays at 3pm this Spring. Locations vary.

Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice
Jessica Trelogan
February 3
PCL Learning Lab 2

Finding and Accessing Data Sources
Carolyn Cunningham
February 10
PCL Data Lab

Data and Copyright
Colleen Lyon
February 17
PCL Learning Lab 2

Data Storage and Backups
Porcia Vaughn with Jessica Trelogan
February 24
Life Sciences Library, Main 220E

Working with Data in Spreadsheets
Jessica Trelogan
March 3
PCL Data Lab

Big Data Basics/Intro to HPC
Siva Kulesekaran
March 10
PCL Learning Lab 2

Cleaning Data with OpenRefine
Jessica Trelogan
March 24
PCL Data Lab

Introduction to Data Visualization
Sarah Morris and Allyssa Guzman
March 31
PCL Learning Lab 2

Working with Geospatial Data
Jessica Trelogan
April 7
PCL Learning Lab 2

Sharing and Publishing Research Data
Jessica Trelogan
April 14
PCL Learning Lab 2

Web Mapping with Carto
Katherine Strickland
April 21
PCL Data Lab

Texas Digital Library (TDL) new webinar series

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) community is invited to attend a new 3-part webinar series, Laying the Foundation for Research Data Services. This series addresses a need identified at the TDL Fall 2016 Data Symposium: to equip librarians with information on how to communicate data services to their campus communities. In this series, attendees will be introduced to the Texas Data Repository’s role in the research data infrastructure and the Data Information Literacy (DIL) model as a framework for building a data service program. Registration is required, and free to TDL members.

  • Session 1. Getting Started with the Texas Data Repository and Data Competencies
    • Friday, February 17, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
    • This initial webinar will cover the Texas Data Repository’s role as an integral part of the research data infrastructure in Texas and introduce a set of competencies for data training on your campus. This session will preview following sessions and include results from the data symposium and how these webinars address some of these needs.
  • Session 2. Teaching Data: Developing Data Instruction Using a Multi-Level Competency Model
    • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
    • In this webinar, we will discuss how the Data Information Literacy (DIL) model has been expanded at the University of Texas at Arlington as an adaptable frame on which to build an entire data services program. The presenter will describe the data competencies, their levels, and expectations for teaching emerging, intermediate, and expert level audiences.
  • Session 3. Learning By Example: Connecting Data Competencies with the Texas Data Repository
    • Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
    • This webinar session will connect teaching data competencies explored in Session 2 with core functionality of the Texas Data Repository. It will address data competency learning outcomes, including: using the TDR to add, describe, share, and publish data; managing data, including versioning and de-accessioning data; and downloading and using data.


  • Kristi Park, Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
  • Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston Libraries
  • Peace Williamson, Director of Research Data Services, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Visit the TDL Webinars page for more information and to register.


Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) launches today

Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of SPARC, shared with members today the formal launch of the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG).

“The ORFG is a partnership of eight high-profile funding organizations who will work together on efforts to promote open access to research outputs. Together, they represent nearly $5 billion in combined annual grant funding and have committed to foster efforts in sharing research articles and data. The inaugural ORFG members believe that this collaboration will accelerate the pace of discovery, reduce information-sharing gaps, encourage innovation, and promote better reproducibility in the research environment. ”

For more information on the Open Research Funders Group, please visit their website at www.orfg.org.


Drop-in Hours in the Scholars Commons

Drowning in data? Need help with a Data Management Plan? Looking for a “forever home” for your research results?

Drop-in for a free consultation!

Wednesdays 2-4 pm in the Scholars Commons

UT Libraries’ Research Data Services support faculty, staff, and students with data needs throughout the life-cycle of research, from the earliest planning stage to long-term archiving. We can also help with most software available in the Data Lab.



Workshop: Managing Research Data

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Benson Latin American Collection 2nd Floor, SRH 1.208

Workshop on managing research data, led by Jessica Trelogan, from UT Libraries, with Susan Smythe Kung, from the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.

Make data management a habit instead of a chore! This one-hour workshop will introduce basic data management concepts, offer tips for good practice, and share useful tools and resources available to all UT faculty, staff, and students.
While the session is specifically intended for students and faculty in the LLILAS program, researchers from any discipline are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Training Opportunity in R at TACC

Upcoming training opportunity for people interested in using R within the High Performance Computing environments available at TACC.

R HPC Training
September 30th, 2016 9am-3pm CT
Texas Advanced Computing Center
ACB 1.104
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78758

This training is being offered to provide students information on R and its use here at TACC.

Preliminary Agenda:
Intro to R
Launch Rstudio using the TACC Vis Portal and perform some introductory exercises
Parallel R

This course is available to in-person and webcast participants. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in person. For more information and for access to register for this course, please visit the following link:

NASA Launches Public Portal for Research Results

NASA-funded research data can now be accessed via their recently unveiled public web portal, PubSpace.  All authors of peer-reviewed papers resulting from research funded by NASA, starting in 2016, will be required to deposit copies of publications and associated data within one year of publication.

This archive of original science results will be available online without a fee. “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”