2023-2024 Research Data Management Workshops

Learn to securely gather, manage, store, and share your research data with the Research Data Management Workshop series. Register for the entire suite of 2023-2024 RDM Workshops today. Watch the 2023-2024 recordings.


Crash Course: Digital Tools to Ace Grad School 
September 20, 2023 | 10:30-12 p.m.  
Facilitators: Jeff Demaine, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian, and Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialist
Watch the Recording
Start your research off on the right track using digital tools. In this session Jeff Demaine (Bibliometrics Librarian) and Isaac Pratt (Research Data Management Specialist) will introduce you to research impact and research data management tools you can use to organize your research and create a researcher profile. Your profile as a researcher should be a story that you create. Learn how to distinguish yourself from other researchers using a free ORCiD account that will automatically showcase all your academic activities. Plus learn how to organize and document your data to save time and make your life easier. Follow a few simple tips to keep your data safe and securely store your research data so your thesis isn’t taken down by a hard drive failure 

Best Practices for Managing Data in your Research 
September 27, 2023 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Facilitators: Danica Evering and Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialists
Watch the Recording
In this introductory workshop, learn about research data management best practices and how investing a small amount of time in organizing your data now can save you a lot of time and prevent future headaches. We will go over best practices for data planning, storage, organization, preservation, and sharing. 
 
Data Management Plans + Intro to DMP Assistant 
October 25, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Facilitator: Danica Evering, Research Data Management Specialist
Watch the Recording
Planning ahead for research helps you prepare for data questions and problems before they happen. Submitting a Data Management Plan (DMP) is increasingly a requirement for funding applications with Tri-Agencies and the NIH. But DMPs can also be very helpful “living documents”: research tools that identify strengths and gaps which are updated through your research process. In this session, we’ll start with best practices of data management planning and go through a demo of DMP Assistant, a web-based tool for developing and collaborating on Data Management Plans in the Canadian research context. We’ll end with a sandbox session 

Depositing & Sharing Data Online with McMaster Dataverse 
November 29, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Facilitator: Danica Evering, Research Data Management Specialist
Watch the Recording
Are you thinking of sharing your data for re-use by other researchers? Have you been asked to share your data by a journal or funder? Are you worried about the long term accessibility of your data? Join Danica Evering (Research Data Management Specialist) for this workshop on how to deposit your data on McMaster Dataverse for archival, preservation, and sharing. Learn more about how openly sharing data can benefit you and the research community, and how online repositories are helping to improve the availability of research data. We’ll end with a sandbox session where participants can experiment with the Demo instance of Dataverse. 
 
Best Practices for Managing Data in your Research 
January 24, 2024 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Facilitator: Danica Evering, Research Data Management Specialist
Register 
In this introductory workshop, learn about research data management best practices and how investing a small amount of time in organizing your data now can save you a lot of time and prevent future headaches. We will go over best practices for data planning, storage, organization, preservation, and sharing. 
 
Storage Scores: Store and Back Up Data at McMaster 
February 14, 2024 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Facilitators: Danica Evering, Research Data Management Specialist, and John Fink, Digital Scholarship Librarian
Register 
From very small tabular datasets to mid-size mixed methods records to the titan data for Advanced Research Computing, researchers at McMaster have a wide range of needs for storing research data. But what options are available? What are some workflows when you’re working alone vs with a research team? What’s available if you need a bit more? Join us for a session on research data storage and backup. In this workshop, we’ll start with an overview of different storage platforms available to you as a researcher, their features and drawbacks, and outline data backup and security principles. Then, we’ll share information about the Digital Research Alliance of Canada’s annual Resource Allocation Competition and how researchers can start working with large-scale computational resources. 
 
How to Implement Encryption to Protect Your Research Data 
March 20, 2024 | 10:30am-12pm 
Facilitator: Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialist
Register 
The modern online environment is dangerous – data breaches and cyber attacks are increasingly prevalent, making safeguarding sensitive research data more important than ever. Join Isaac Pratt (Research Data Management Specialist) for this workshop diving into the world of encryption. No technical expertise required – we’ll demystify encryption and show you how it can be used to secure your data against unauthorized access, ensuring its confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. 
 
Sensitive Data Management 
April 17, 2024 | 10:30am-12pm 
Facilitator: Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialist
Register  
Are you working with environmental, commercial, health, personal, or other sensitive data? Are you unsure whether your data is sensitive and unclear on your responsibilities for managing it? In this workshop, we will discuss the foundations of working with sensitive data including how to protect your data, your research participants, and yourself. We’ll take about how and when to de-identify sensitive data, and how to share sensitive data. 
 
Data Management Plan (DMP) Boot Camp – In Person 
May 14, 2024 | 1-4 p.m. 
Facilitators: Danica Evering and Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialists
Register 
Data Management Plans are both incredibly helpful research tools and increasingly required for grants but it can hard to know how to complete a Data Management Plan if it’s your first time. If you’re in the process of creating a DMP, either for a grant application or for your own research, join RDM Services for this afternoon session. By the end of the session, you’ll understand what the major components of a DMP are and walk away with a potentially completed plan for your own research! 
 
Data Deposit Boot Camp – In Person 
June 18, 2024 | 1-4 p.m.  
Facilitators: Danica Evering and Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialists
Register 
Data deposit and data sharing are increasingly recognized as best practice to support open research, reproducibility, research integrity, collaboration, and more. Disciplines, funders, and journals are increasingly requiring researchers to share or deposit data. But how do you get your dataset ready for sharing? What’s the best repository to share it in? If you have a dataset that’s ready for deposit or that you’d like to get deposit ready, join RDM Services for this workshop.