The Productive Scholar: Best Practices for File and Data Management

Topic: Best Practices for File and Data Management455164167
Speakers: Willow Dressel and Carla Zimowsk

Time: Thursday, March 27, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLocation: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session: http://bit.ly/FileDataPractices
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

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Willow Dressel and Carla Zimowsk will be “tag-teaming” this co-presentation on data matters central to all researchers. File Management: Whether gathered directly from archives or downloaded from online sources, digital research material can often wind up in a disorganized mess on your hard drive or in the “cloud,” impossible to easily locate again.  An old archivists saying claims “You don’t own it if you can’t find it!” Carla Zimowsk will focus on strategies and tools for keeping your digital research materials organized and discoverable. Data Management: More and more digital data are being used and created in the course of research, yet often little thought is given to managing this data for collaboration, future use, or preservation. Planning ahead for data management is the best way to address these needs. Willow Dressel will discuss creating data management plans and the importance of documenting your data.

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The Productive Scholar: Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Successful Review Processes

Topic: Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Successful Review Processes
Speakers: Andrea Ferguson-Dadas and Gloria Gaines164455698(1)

Time: Thursday, March 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session: http://bit.ly/IRB-RIA
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

An Institutional Review Board is responsible for the protection of the rights, privacy and welfare of all participants in human subjects research. Guided by federal regulatory requirements, the IRB has the authority to review, approve, modify or disapprove research protocols submitted by Princeton faculty, staff and student investigators. This session will introduce key ethical principles, critical elements of IRB review, components of the IRB operations and review processes, as well as tips for successful IRB application.

Gloria Gaines, Compliance Administrator (RIA), serves as a resource to faculty, staff, and students providing guidance on regulatory/compliance matters, facilitating the research compliance program in accordance with federally mandated regulations and Princeton University’s policies.

Andrea Ferguson-Dadas is Assistant Director of Research Integrity and Assurance. She oversees the Institutional Review Board and for over 23 years has conducted research at the Centers for Disease Control, Columbia University, Yale University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, and elsewhere. She has also administered over nine University Institutional Review Boards, education programs; Quality Improvement programs; and information technology support programs for the Human Research Protection Program enterprise at Rutgers (UMDNJ) University. Andrea holds degrees in Social Sciences and Bioethics.

In keeping with Research Integrity Assurance guidelines for external educational presentations, this Productive Scholar presentation was not documented. However, if  you would like to attend education sessions offered by the Human Research Protections Education Program, or you have questions regarding human subjects research guidelines and regulation and/or the University’s Institutional Review Board, please go to RIA’s Human Research Protections homepage for more details and IRB Staff contact information.

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The Productive Scholar: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys

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Topic: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys
Speaker: Alfredo García

Time: Thursday, March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmMech-Turk-Qual_PS3 copy
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

The idea of “crowdsourcing” has increasingly been used in a variety of settings. With the help of social media, we can now crowdsource funds, software coding, information, and a variety of other tasks. But how can a scholar put crowdsourcing to use in his/her own work? This talk will focus on using Qualtrics, an online survey-generating software platform, and Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), a popular crowdsourcing website, to field surveys and collect hard-to-get information. Of particular interest in this session will be the use of AMT for running experimental survey designs. (Free Qualtrics accounts arevavailable for Princeton University members through the Princeton Survey Research Center.)

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The Productive Scholar: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?

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Topic: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?esri2
Speakers: Bill Guthe and Wangyal Shawa

Time: Thursday, February 27, 12:00pm
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is powerful research tool that allows a person to capture, store, view, manipulate, analyze, manage, and display all forms of geographically referenced data. Princeton faculty, students and staff use GIS technology to manage resources, explore spatial relationships, and visualize change. This presentation will provide an introductory overview to the technology and its capabilities, and highlight the services and geographic data provided by the Library and OIT.

SESSION RECAP:
T. Wangyal Shawa and Bill Guthe provided a highly informative overview of map resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training at the University. One of the challenges in determining whether or not to use Google Maps or Google Earth versus GIS software is knowing in advance all the possible employments of your data. Visualization only, well, Google Maps, or other options, may be best. However, if you need the option of creating pliable data and data sets then you’ll want to use GIS software. On a parallel topic, if you need to sort through multiple years worth of geographic data or social/political data with geographic markers on the same or different continents, you probably need to consider accessing data sets.

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The Productive Scholar: Simple Map Tools for Complex Data

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Topic: Simple Map Tools for Complex DataSimpleMapTools-Temos-Johnston
Speakers: Ben Johnston and Janet Temos

Time: Thursday, February 20, 12:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library Building
*To Register: http://bit.ly/PSMapTools

“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

This Productive Scholar session will cover the use of easily accessible and easy-to-use mapping tools that can help you visualize geo-spatial data for your teaching and research. Use Google Maps to collaboratively build a location-aware research archive.  Overlay a historic map on the globe in Google Earth. Visualize complex narratives and data sets using points, regions, paths and other information in custom maps. Collect photographs and information in the field using a smartphone and plot that information on a map.

Janet Temos, Director of the Educational Technologies Center (McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning) and Ben Johnston of the Humanities Resource Center (OIT) will talk about using some free, simple, geolocation tools to achieve rich results for data visualization.

SESSION RECAP:
We who were in attendance had the fortune of being given a guided tour of literal mapping of various layers of narrative signification proffered by Joyce Carol Oates’ 2013 novel The Accursed. Set in Princeton, and referencing various historical maps of the township, the novel has be characterized by Stephen King as:

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