Category Archives: Data management

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

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.

Looking forward to RDAP 2017

Save the Date!

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 will be in Seattle, WA. The two-day conference will be held at the Seattle Renaissance on April 19-20, 2017. Plans for a workshop on the 21st are currently in development.

RDAP is relevant to the interests and needs of data managers and curators, librarians who work with research data, and researchers and data scientists. A wide range of disciplines from the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities will be represented. The Summit aims to bring together practitioners and researchers from a diverse range of academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry.

More details will be forthcoming at Expect a call for proposals in the late fall!

Chairs: Brianna Marshall (brianna.marshall[at] or Yasmeen Shorish (shorisyl[at]

Welcome Jessica Trelogan!

I’m pleased to announce that the UT Libraries now has a Data Management Coordinator, Jessica Trelogan, on staff. Jessica comes to us with a strong background in managing very large archaeological data sets and has extensive experience with GIS. Jessica will be working with faculty, staff, and students on data management best practices, compliance with funder mandates, and education and outreach on UT Austin data management resources.

UT Austin researchers receive NSF grant

UT PGE Assistant Professor Maša Prodanović and a team of leading UT Austin scientists are looking to change the way researchers distribute data.

On Sept. 1, 2015, Prodanović, Dr. Maria Esteva (Texas Advanced Computing Center) and Dr. Richard Ketcham (Jackson School of Geological Sciences) received a two-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build a Digital Rocks Portal utilizing the latest technologies in data storage.

Full article:

DataQ is live

DataQ, a collaborative way to ask and answer questions about research data support in libraries, is now live. Library staff at universities and colleges may submit questions to the site. Those questions are reviewed by an editorial team and by project volunteers. Answers to the questions are then posted to the site so that everyone may benefit.

For more information, please visit the DataQ site:

New chart outlines public access policies

Science has just published a short news story about public access policies at federal agencies. They have a really nice chart showing U.S. science agencies, their budgets, their model of dissemination of research articles, estimated # of articles per year, and when the policy starts.


For the full news article:

AHRQ releases public access plan

The Agency for Health Research & Quality (AHRQ) has released their public access plan – a response to the OSTP memo of nearly two years ago. Details of the plan are available here:

Very briefly: AHRQ states that authors will be required to submit scholarly papers to PubMed Central. AHRQ-funded researchers will also be required to submit a data management plan with grant proposals. Sharing of data no later than “the acceptance [date] for publication of the main findings from the final dataset” will be required unless researchers can explain why this is not possible. The policy will be effective by Oct. 2015.