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Thing 1: Getting started with research data

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Thing 1: Getting started with research data

Research data comes in many shapes and sizes.  Kick off your research data journey and start sharing your stories.

  • Getting started is for you if you are just beginning to learn about research data
  • Learn more is if you know a bit but want to know more
  • Challenge me is often more technical or assumes that you are familiar with at least the basics of managing and wrangling research data.

Do I have to do them all? No - you can pick'n'mix a different stream each week, or stay in the one stream.  You can do as much or as little as you want to do, or need to know.


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Getting started

Thing 1: Getting started with research data

What "research data" are we talking about?

  1. Read an Introduction to Research Data from Boston University
  2. Then open up this record of research data collected during a CSIRO voyage which explored the sea floor (i.e. Benthic zone) of the Marmion Lagoon, located just off Perth, in 2007
  3. Click on the Files tab to see the rich variety of data formats contained in this one research data collection
  4. If you have time: have a look around the CSIRO Data Access Portal and see what different formats data comes in
  5. Share an idea about how we could help people understand the complexity of formats of data so more people (not just scientists!) can access and reuse research data. (See below for ways to share your ideas.

Consider: how the complexity and range of data formats affect access and re-use possibilities.

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Thing 1: Getting started with research data

1. Choose one of the 4 specialised data repositories below, or find another data repository of interest - particularly one in a discipline you are unfamiliar with and spend some time browsing around your chosen repository to get a feel for the data available.

2. Think about how the data here differs from data you are familiar with.  Consider for example, format, size and access method.

Consider: how cross disciplinary research could be affected by discipline data conventions, and also think about one way cross disciplinary data access can be facilitated.

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Thing 1: Getting started with research data

Get the ball rolling to introduce yourself and expand awareness of the technical aspects to data management and this rapidly growing community of tech-aware data enthusiasts.

What is....

  • your favourite research data tech or software story or experience (eg did you compete in GovHack? or Science Hackfest Melbourne  4-6 Mar 2016?)
  • a software tool or service for research data you think others might be interested in
  • a question or research data problem to crowdsource a solution

Consider: a personal audit on what data technical skills you have, and what skills you want to learn.

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