With a little help from my (virtual) friends

This week I spent time hanging out with Sun, Jean, Mr. McMillan and the crew. These are the names of personas, developed by the Socio-­cultural and Usability & Assessment Working Groups. They are constructs, based on researcher profiles, surveys, interviews and life experience, and they represent a broad range of Continue reading With a little help from my (virtual) friends

Human Error, the Ultimate Test


As a graduate student, Christine had spent the last several weeks working on a statistical analysis exploring the links between air pollution and heart disease. The data set she was analyzing was quite large (the biggest Christine had ever worked with) and had been pulled from a much larger dataset, Continue reading Human Error, the Ultimate Test

Week #07 : More Videos in Rough Cut Stage

I am well on my way to completing video #02 & #03.  Both are in rough cut stage and I’m confident with some tweaking will be completed before the end of my term.  Video #02 has to do with tree analysis and Video #03 has to do with a bug Continue reading Week #07 : More Videos in Rough Cut Stage

To Be, or Not To Be (an Author)

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Ernst Gräfenberg via flickr

Collaborative datasets and their resulting publications can produce some truly spectacular insights. But as more voices find their way into the collective conversation, managing the social interplay between partners can result in confusion and lost time – the continual headaches that creep up all too often in collaborative work. Meredith, Continue reading To Be, or Not To Be (an Author)

Week #05 : whet your palette

I worked with Stacy and Amber through the rough cut and fine cut of DataONE’s first Data Story inspired video. I know the anticipation is killing you but, I should be able to post it in its entireity on the DataONE vimeo site next week (once approved by a DataONE committee). Continue reading Week #05 : whet your palette

Creative & Common : Blog Week #01

I find that every great story is derived from detailed interviews and research.  I’ve started out my piece of the project with a handful of great stories about DATA collection and a great amount of freedom to research content to support these stories. For those who don’t know, it’s my Continue reading Creative & Common : Blog Week #01

Data Management for Research Output with OpenWetWare Wiki

Although I want to be a professional data manager and have extensive training in data management, in practice I have realized it’s pretty tough to do, even for a small data analysis project like the Figshare users’ survey. I did data analysis for that on another computer, I was in Continue reading Data Management for Research Output with OpenWetWare Wiki

Tallying Every Bug and Byte

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Nora was a PhD student when she attended a meeting that would change the course of her career. Until that point, Nora had thought of herself chiefly as an entomologist, with her primary work objective being (as she joked with her colleagues) counting bugs. Born and raised in the Midwest, Continue reading Tallying Every Bug and Byte

The Long and Winding Road to Public Data

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Dr. Watson was accustomed to seeing dead things. As a wildlife ecologist, he had made a career out of investigating animals and their untimely demise under the rumbling engines of motor vehicles. Animal road mortalities had a reputation for being difficult to track because the majority of incidents went unreported, Continue reading The Long and Winding Road to Public Data