The Patience of the Data Hunter

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Eileen had become an expert in datasets involving oil spills around the world. Horrified but equally fascinated by these man-made disasters, she had made a career out of tracking the oil spills and their ecological fallout. While she often felt sickened by witnessing such devastation, Eileen’s gloomy specialty had at Continue reading The Patience of the Data Hunter

A First Foray into Data Sharing

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Acquiring and reusing data can seem intimidating for even the most experienced researchers. For graduate student Roger Dole, it was a new adventure altogether. Roger had spent the last two years of his studies specializing in global butterfly migration. With hopes of finding a paper topic that would really jumpstart Continue reading A First Foray into Data Sharing

The Best Laid Schemes of Backups and Redundancy…

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Data loss: while we can use the arsenal of technology at our command to guard against it, sometimes the fortresses we have built are not as failsafe as we believe them to be. Sometimes when data loss happens, we kick ourselves for not being prepared, not taking the extra time Continue reading The Best Laid Schemes of Backups and Redundancy…

The Hard Truth about Hardware Failure

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Lee was an environmental chemist at a prestigious university. For the past few years, he and his department had been developing green technology to help eliminate environmental pollutants. By collaborating with several of the leading researchers in the field, he hoped to develop innovative techniques for speedily degrading a range Continue reading The Hard Truth about Hardware Failure

Data Stories Update from the All Hands Meeting

This week I attended the DataONE All Hands Meeting in Albuquerque. On the first night, we unveiled some Data Stories products at the intern poster session. Throughout the night we had many people stopping by to hear about the project, our progress, and ask questions about the interview and story Continue reading Data Stories Update from the All Hands Meeting

Houston, We Have… Interviews?

While we are currently focused on integrating data stories into the education modules, gathering interview material is still an important part of expanding our project. Over the past week I have been fortunate to connect with some potential interviewees and even conduct an interview. Last week the International Space Station Continue reading Houston, We Have… Interviews?

Don’t Touch That – It’s Under Revision!

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Every good researcher knows what a vital role data sharing plays in the data life cycle. So in a perfect world, the decision to share data would be an easy one to make. By effortlessly passing data on to someone else, you would receive all the spectacular rewards data sharing Continue reading Don’t Touch That – It’s Under Revision!