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Power Session: Data is the new black

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Ashley England

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Transcript of Power Session: Data is the new black

Data is the new black
That's hot!
Ashley England, UTS Library
Why: Push towards
eResearch and Big Data
Data Rock Stars
Nate Silver & Hans Rosling - telling stories
So data is hot ...
But the practical everyday stuff ... not so much
Data Management Planning,

not sexy,

but important.
* Connected Intelligence Strategy
* The code
* Funder requirements
What does Big Data mean for
you (the researcher people)?
What's in it for me?
* Efficiency
* Safety
* Quality
* Reputation
* Reproducibility
* Documenting your data
* File naming and organisation
* Data Authenticity
* Backing up
* Data privacy and security
* Archiving and file formats
* Ethics
* Sharing
“We have not been able to sort out the reason for this duplication. The files with the original data are not available any more, making it impossible to reconstruct a valid data set for reanalysis.”

Amazon file servers -> the patriot act
We can help you with:

* Data advice
* Finding Data
* Managing research data
* Depositing data in an archive
1 EB = 1, 000, 000, 000 gigabytes =
1, 000, 000 terabytes = 1000 petabytes
2012 – 2.5 exabytes of data were created
each day
Archiving and reusing your data
Reproducibility &
e.g. FG1_CONS_12Feb10
x 3722


* Data Management Planning
* Data Visualisation
The Library
My contact details:
Jeff Christiansen
Not all data is digital!
Check with your faculty IT first!

UTS eResearch Support team:
Email: eresearch-it@uts.edu.au
Phone: Ext. 4000

The picture of the Zip drive is from the KMJ at the German language Wikipedia and is used under a under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Attribution: KMJ at the German language Wikipedia. It can be found here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iomega-100-Zip-Drive.jpg

Documenting your data exercise was based on data adapted from:

Wienecke, B. and Robertson, G. (2000, updated 2009) Foraging ecology of emperor penguins in summer and potential overlap with fisheries, Australian Antarctic Data Centre - CAASM Metadata. It is licensed "Foraging ecology of emperor penguins in summer and potential overlap with fisheries" under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Bennett, D. 2009, 'No shit: how I lost my one-of-a-kind collection and my girlfriend, too', Times Higher Education, 5 February, <http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/405267.article>.

Harmon, A. 2010, 'Indian Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of Its DNA', The New York Times, 21 April, <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/us/22dna.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>.

Marcus, A. 2012, Paper linking vitamin C and reduced asthma retracted after authors find “severe” problems with data, viewed 12 April 2012 <http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/paper-linking-vitamin-c-and-reduced-asthma-retracted-after-authors-find-severe-problems-with-data/>.
What's happening today?
The Bear and the Panda
Who do you identify with:
Bear or Panda?

We would like to know:
Group Discussion:
Discuss your reaction in groups:

What did you find objectionable?
What did you find interesting/useful?
What would you like to know more about?

Note down suggestions / ideas on
the paper provided
* Connected Intelligence Strategy
* The code
* Funder requirements
The official stuff
How it can help you
* Efficiency
* Safety
* Quality
* Reputation
* Reproducibility
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