GRADUATE STUDENT BOOT CAMP
Data Management Bootcamp for Graduate Students
Students interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a free two-day Data Management Bootcamp for Graduate Students on January 8-9, 2013, in Clemons 4VA TelePresence Room.
This course will be held simultaneously at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech featuring instructors from both locations. Topics include:
• Understanding Research Data
• Graduate Student Research Lifecycle
• Organizing Data
• File Formats and Transformation
• Documentation and Metadata
• Storage and Security
• Data Protection, Rights and Access
• Preservation, Sharing and Licensing.
Data management plans are documents that describe the data and metadata that will be gathered in a study, and the processes for preserving and sharing that information. These new requirements encourage researchers to plan ahead for data management and sharing and help to promote practices that facilitate reproducible research, data use and reuse, and interoperability among distributed systems.
Space is limited to 15 students at each campus location, so the CLIC librarians encourage you to register right away. Light refreshments will be provided. Interested students must register to attend. Contact Ophelia Payne, Data Services Outreach and Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, and department by December 21, 2012.
Sponsored by University of Virginia Library, U.Va Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech’s University Libraries, Virginia Tech Graduate School; and the Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research.
The University Library is interviewing candidates for two new, data positions: Social Sciences Data Consultant (Job Description) and Data Mining Consultant (Job Description). Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend the interview presentations and to provide feedback to the search committees. We will send all of our readers the dates and time via email later this week.
Ethos is a database of over 300,000 U.K. dissertations. Many are full text. If they are not currently full text, you can ask to have the dissertation digitized. However, be mindful there may be a charge for the service.
APA CITATIONS AND THE DOI
If you are writing a journal article or book for publication and you are using APA style, your publisher will require you to include a DOI (digital object identifier) for each of the references in your article or book, for example:
Crosnoe, R., Leventhal, T., Wirth, R. J., Pierce, K. M., & Pianta, R. C. (2010). Family socioeconomic status and consistent environmental stimulation in early childhood. Child Development, 81(3), 972-987. doi: 10.1111/j.146 7-8624.2010.01446.x
What should you do if you do not have DOIs for all of your References? The CLIC librarians recommend that you register and use the CrossRef service to obtain them. Once you register, you can sign in, copy and paste your entire Reference list (or just the citations for which you do not have a DOI) into the CrossRef searchbox, and press Submit. CrossRef will then display a DOI for each article if one has been assigned. If CrossRef does not display a DOI for an article or book, one has not yet been assigned.
Getting readers to select and read your article, dissertation, or other publication is of great importance. APA provides helpful tips to authors in this blog post, “Five Steps to a Great Title.”
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
With the Business Office moving due to the Ruffner renovations, lost and found items may be taken to the CLIC, the receptionist desk at the Shelia Johnson Center, ground floor of Bavaro Hall, or to the Newcomb Hall Information Desk.
In the CLIC, lost and found items are placed in a basket located to the right of the printer/copier. Unclaimed items in the CLIC lost and found basket will be taken to the Newcomb Hall Information Desk on a monthly basis.
The Newcomb Hall Information Desk is located on the right side of the hallway as you enter Newcomb Hall from the entrance across from the bookstore.
HOLIDAY HOURS FOR THE CLIC
Wednesday December 19 – Friday December 21 8am -5pm
Monday December 24 – Wednesday December 26 CLOSED
Thursday December 27 – Friday December 28 9am – 5 pm
Monday December 31 – Tuesday January 1 CLOSED
Saturdays and Sundays CLOSED
J TERM HOURS FOR THE CLIC
January 3-11 8am – 5pm
Saturdays and Sundays CLOSED
This will be the final CLIC Librarians’ newsletter of 2012. Your librarians would like to wish all of you productive exam sessions, a safe journey on your travels, and a very wonderful holiday season. We look forward to seeing and working with you in the CLIC and virtually in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Mary Hanna.
SPRING COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
CS 6014: Computation as a Research Tool
TIME: MWF 12-12:50
CLASSROOM LOCATION MEC 213, 214, 215
This course is an introduction to programming for students who will be using computational methods for their research but are not computer science students. No previous programming experience is required. We use a multi-language approach; however, each student chooses a single programming language and will use it throughout the course.
The first 10 weeks of the course will provide a foundation in the core abstractions in computational thinking. The basic programming abstractions will be framed in pseudo-code with weekly, language-specific lecture and lab sessions to demonstrate how these abstractions are implemented in the particular programming language. In the last 4 weeks, students will divide into separate “tracks” to cover domain-specific applications of the programming concepts acquired in the first part of the course.
Currently the languages offered are Matlab, Python, R, and C++. Students will also gain familiarity with using Unix systems and will be instructed in the use of the University’s high-performance computing cluster.
Grading is by homework. Students who cannot take the class for credit are permitted to sit in but they must do the homework.
NEW SEARCH OPERATORS FOR GMAIL USERS
Gmail recently announced the addition of some new search operators. Search operators are query words or symbols that allow you to find what you’re looking for quickly and accurately. They can also be used to set up filters so you can organize your inbox automatically. Check the Google Operating System blog to view the new operators.
DOAB RELEASES USER NEEDS REPORT
The final report of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) User Needs Analysis has been released. The report gives an overview of the main aims and objectives of the user needs analysis. There is also a Report Summary.
ATTENTION STEM TEACHERS
Are you looking for resources to enhance your lessons? You might consider subscribing to NOVA’s Spark Educator Newsletter. The December 2012 issue includes the following resources and more:
- videos demonstrating how earlier peoples used simple machines to move Egyptian obelisks and Easter Island statues, as well as a video on the physics of trebuchets;
- the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Holiday Lectures series, past and present;
- registration for free access to PBS LearningMedia
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
NEW NAEP ASSESSMENT
The Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment is just one of the latest innovations from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The new NAEP TEL assessment will serve as a baseline for understanding what students know about technology, how it’s developed, and how it affects our society and environment. Learn more about this new frontier for NAEP by viewing the TEL video today.
RESTRICTED USE DATA FILES AVAILABLE
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program of the Institute of Education Sciences has released the restricted-use data files for the evaluation studies conducted during the 2006-11 REL Program cycle.
To request access to the restricted-use data files, you or your group would need to have a Restricted-Use Data License prior to having access to restricted-use data.
TRAINING MODULES FOR PEELS USERS
The National Center for Special Education Research has released video training modules for the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS). The PEELS data training modules are intended to be a resource to researchers who would like to use the PEELS dataset to conduct research addressing students with disabilities. These modules provide opportunities for researchers to learn more about the background of the PEELS study, the study design and sampling, the assessments and instruments used to collect PEELS data, how to access and manipulate PEELS data in SPSS and WesVar, and how to conduct longitudinal and regression analyses with PEELS data.
NATION’S REPORT CARD: NEW RESULTS
December 6 at 11:00 a.m. ET, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will release The Nation’s Report Card: Vocabulary Results from the 2009 and 2011 NAEP Reading Assessments.
A panel of education experts will discuss the results in a live webcast beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. Register to view the event.
Vocabulary 2009 and 2011 is designed to assess the impact of vocabulary knowledge on students’ comprehension. In 2009, the study
was administered to students at grades 4, 8, and 12. It was only administered to grades 4 and 8 in 2011. Both assessments were administered as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
NAEP RESULTS: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
“NAEP at your fingertips. Stats in the palm of your hand! Delve into the latest NAEP news, including results, sample questions, brochures, and more. Discover what the nation’s students know and can do on the latest assessments. Learn more about the academic achievement of elementary, middle, and high schools students. Are you an educator, parent, or a student? This app is for you. Test yourself, your students, or your kids.” Best of all the app is free. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play, depending on your mobile operating system.