Data and Donuts Series

How can you best find, organize, store and share your data? How can you clean datasets and work with them using tools such as Excel? This workshop series will provide hands-on training in the basics of managing and wrangling your data. Come learn and enjoy free donuts!

All workshops will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Fondren Collaboration Space (B43A, basement of Fondren Library). Immediately following each workshop, we will hold office hours to consult on your specific questions and challenges. Each workshop stands alone, so sign up for as many as seem relevant.

  • Organizing and Sharing Data (September 1 September 8) [slides]
  • Finding, Accessing and Citing Data (September 29) [slides]
  • Storing, Backing Up and Archiving  Data (October 13) [slides]
  • Cleaning Data with Open Refine (November 3)
  • Using Spreadsheets to Manage and Analyze Data (November  10) [slides, handout]


Inspired by similar workshops at University of Texas and Colorado State.

General Data Management Workshops

  • Cleaning Messy Data with Open Refine (TBA)
    One of the major components of research is collecting and understanding data. In the past, this was primarily a concern for the sciences, but as the so-called Information Age continues to produce vast amounts of knowledge, the ability to acquire, ‘clean’ and synthesize data becomes a necessity for researchers of all disciplines. This short course presents a beginner-level introduction to such techniques using Open Refine (formerly Google Refine), a powerful open-source tool for cleaning messy data. Register through the DMC.
  • How to Manage Your Data (TBA)
    Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data management plan and storing/ backing up their own data. Register through the DMC.
  • Writing an Effective Data Management Plan (TBA)
    Nearly all federal agencies now or will soon require grant applications to include data management plans (DMPs), and many grant panels are placing greater emphasis on these plans in evaluating proposals. How can you write a data management plan that will pass muster with funding agencies and will ensure that your datasets are easy to find, use, preserve and share? In this hands-on session, co-facilitated by representatives from the Office of Proposal Development and Fondren Library, participants will critique a few sample data management plans and identify elements of effective ones. We will also demonstrate the DMPTool (an online template for creating DMPs) and highlight some key data management resources at Rice.

We are also happy to provide customized training sessions for research groups and centers.

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