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Diving into the World of Data Visualization

You’ve collected your data—now what? Having a basic set of data visualization skills will enable you to effectively communicate their significance. From understanding how your audience will interpret a bubble chart on your conference presentation to having proficiency with data visualization software packages, there is a wide variation in levels of mastery.

Guiding Principles for Data Management: Is Your Data FAIR?

For the past several years, researchers, funders, publishers, software developers, institutions, and other research stakeholders have been discussing methods for data-sharing and data stewardship on a grand scale, recognizing the need for minimal principles and practices. The FAIR data principles were first formalized in 2014 at a workshop in Leiden, The Netherlands, and are available for comment at the website of Force11.

Electronic Lab Notebooks Now Available to Pitt Researchers

ELN What is an electronic lab notebook (ELN), and why use one? Quite simply, ELNs are designed to replace paper lab notebooks that can be damaged, misplaced, or potentially altered. The digital nature of ELNs allows for:

Pitt Data Management Survey

University researchers are invited to complete the University of Pittsburgh’s Data Management Survey. The purpose of this survey is to gain a better understanding of research data held at the University. The responses collected will inform the University’s Data Management Committee, which was created to examine the University’s needs regarding managing, storing, sharing, and archiving research data. The committee will explore how the University might best meet those needs and report its findings and recommendations to the Office of the Provost. You may visit to complete the survey.

Real-Time Open Data

Over the past few months, media coverage of the Zika virus has increased the visibility of data sharing as an important step within the research data lifecycle. To speed the research discovery, the global scientific community has committed “to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible.”

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Your Comments Needed

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) is seeking feedback on its proposed requirements for sharing clinical trial data: “…the ICMJE proposes to require authors to share with others the deidentified individual-patient data underlying the results presented in the article (including tables, figures, and appendices or supplementary material) no later than 6 months after publication.” Read the full proposal: Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and submit your comments by April 18, 2016, to have your voice heard.

Which Data Repository to Choose?

Many journals and funding agencies are requiring researchers to deposit their data in publicly accessible databases or repositories. This not only helps to ensure the long-term accessibility and preservation of the data but also increases its discoverability and reuse.

The number of sustainable online repositories available to host and archive research data may seem overwhelming. Guidance for repository selection is offered below. Also available is the HSLS Data Management Repository Web site. Note: before selecting a repository, researchers should review the deposit directions and policies for the specific repository.

DMPTool Adds Template for Genomic Data Sharing Policy (GDS)

DMPToolA Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document describing how your data will be managed during your research and after the project is completed, including sharing resulting data with other researchers, and archiving the data for future access and use. With requirements for DMPs increasing among major research funders such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), where can researchers quickly find assistance writing a DMP?

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