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1 Introducing researchers to data management: Pedagogy and strategy MLA Annual Meeting, 2013 Karen Hanson Knowledge Systems Librarian Alisa Surkis Translational Science Librarian

2 Section: Introduction What is data? What is the data lifecycle? Why save it? Background Class content Evaluation, feedback Aftermath & conclusions

3 The challenge Environmental scan Complex environment Lots of small isolated services Lots of gaps No obvious service point Where to start? How do we gain credibility?

4 Teaching Start building a data management résumé Learn more about what people need Demonstrate understanding Test the water!

5 Who did what why? Karen Hanson, Knowledge Systems Librarian Past life: programmer, database developer, lab assistant Library life: digital archives, library data dashboard Alisa Surkis, Translation Science Librarian Past life: PhD Neuroscience, programmer Library life: Liaison to Clinical & Translational Science Institute Data!

6 You have 90 minutes… Part of lab management skills course for postdocs What can we accomplish in 90 minutes? Goals: Plant seeds of thought Raise awareness Give practical pointers for immediate improvements

7 Section: Introduction What is data? What is the data lifecycle? Why save it? Background Class content Evaluation, feedback Aftermath & conclusions

8 Content Introduction Incentives (carrots & sticks) Standards for description & documentation Storage, archiving and sharing Data management plans

9 Scare tactics

10 Horror stories (article retractions) “There were 60 children in the study. The ages were by accident duplicated between the upper and lower halves of the database. Thus, the ages for the first 30 children in the data set were identical and in the same order with the ages for the second set of 30 children…The files with the original data are not available any more, making it impossible to reconstruct a valid data set for reanalysis.” -

11 Real world examples

12 Chilling tales from our own lives At least we know where it is…

13 Look… we do need to teach this! National survey of postdocs ~2500 responses from 43 institutions analyzed

14 Pre-class survey handout

15 We baked a cake Majority of grants are from NIH (not NSF) Covered “ingredients” of a good plan Data management plan= carrot cake

16 Humor (OMG, LOL)

17 Section: Introduction What is data? What is the data lifecycle? Why save it? Background Class content Evaluation, feedback Aftermath & conclusions

18 Went big on the dry run Attendees (~25) Postdoc course director Librarians from other NYU libraries Representatives from Office of Science and Research Representatives from CTSA training programs Constructive feedback, diverse perspectives

19 Opened up to whole medical center

20 Results 30 attendees Cross section of research represented Basic science Population health Clinical Feedback Evaluations (23 completed) In person questions Follow up s

21 Evaluation Will you use the topics covered in your work? Would you be interested in future classes that went into more detail?

22 Evaluation Other topics you would have liked to be covered? Most common response = “More information about NYULMC services” (5) Follow up questions, s – same message

23 Section: Introduction What is data? What is the data lifecycle? Why save it? Background Class content Evaluation, feedback Aftermath & conclusions

24 Since the class – taking the plunge! Direct results: Collaborating with clinical informatics to create online learning modules Developing data management concierge service Downstream effects: Collaborating on Data Management Core for CTSI

25 Lessons learned Researchers need guidance on local data support Class good level for introduction but advanced would be helpful Bears good mediums for delivering a message Good way to start expanding library’s data management role

26 Links Material from the class: Karen Hanson & Alisa Surkis. Introduction to Data Management [presentation + video]. Other links Aileen McCrillis, Alisa Surkis, Dorice Vieira, Pauline S. Beam, Tina O'Grady. Survival and Success Beyond Grad School: Improving Library Services to Postdoctoral Researchers. MLA 2012 Glenn Gaudette. Presentation at UMass’ 2012 New England eScience Symposium. (Cardiology example) Images UK Data Archive. Data lifecycle image. purpleapple428. “Let’s Go Swimming”. cimmyt. “Planting seeds of knowledge”. wilf2.“Gummy smile” outcast104. “Vampire weekend” afiler. “Piggly Wiggly Flour Bag” Mel B. “Oil pour” psrobin. “Baking Powder Still Life” nedrichards. “Carrot Cake” barretthall. “ears up”.

27 Thank you! Contacts:


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