Data Dialogues

In order to raise awareness of data governance issues and introduce some important topics to raise data literacy across campus, the Data Governance and Support Office is teaming with the Office of Institutional Research and the University Libraries to bring you Data Dialogues, monthly presentations for the University community on data-oriented issues. We’ll usually meet on the second Thursday of the month from 1-2pm in Rush Rhees Library but please note details for individual presentations. 

Fall Semester 2019

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Data Governance: Not the Dark Side of the Force

  • September 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Humanities Center Conference Room D, 2nd Floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: San Cannon, Chief Data Officer

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Data Governance isn’t just about being told what you can’t do with data.  It’s a discipline that provides all data management practices with the necessary structure, strategy, and support needed to ensure that data are managed and used as a critical University asset.  Come learn what the Data Governance and Support Office is doing to help make it easier for University data users to do good things with our data.

If you can't make it in person, the event will also be live streamed via Zoom. To access the zoom meeting, go to https://rochester.zoom.us/j/500218658.

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Discovering Admin Data

  • October 10, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Instruction Gamble Room, 3rd Floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: John Podvin, Senior University Director for Institutional Research

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What data are available to me at Rochester? The University manages a wealth of data. This session will include a panel discussion featuring UR staff responsible for some of our administrative data resources. Panelists will introduce the data that they manage, discuss data that they make available to administrators and analysts at the University, and answer common questions related to their data.

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What do you mean by that?

  • November 14, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Instruction Suite B, 1st Floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: Cynthia Carlton, University Information Architect

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Is everyone speaking the same language around the table? It can feel silly to ask what something means; especially when that thing seems so simple and fundamental. “Everyone knows what this is!” you think to yourself. But do they? And is that meaning the same for everyone? In this session, we will discuss when and way you should consider defining terms, how to deal with competing contexts, the differences between a business glossary and a data dictionary and best practices you can take away and start using right away on your teams and projects.

If you can't make it in person, the event will also be live streamed via Zoom. To access the zoom meeting, go to https://rochester.zoom.us/j/456421013

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The Data Checklist: Exploring the needs of your data

  • December 5, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Instruction Suite B, 1st Floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: Yennifer Hernandez, Business Architect

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When adopting a new solution or requesting an IT implementation, do consider your data needs? We will discuss a list of questions that can help determine whether a solution will meet the needs required to capture, manage, and analyze your data successfully.

If you can't make it in person, the event will also be live streamed via Zoom. To access the zoom meeting, go to https://rochester.zoom.us/j/985477363.

Spring Semester 2020

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Intro to Tableau

  • January 9, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Instruction Suite B, 1st floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: Sarah Pugachev, Research Initiatives Librarian

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Are you interested in learning more about data visualization? Curious about the best ways to tell stories with data? Looking for simple and fast ways to create data dashboards and create compelling reports? In this beginner-level workshop you’ll get a hands-on introduction to creating interactive visualizations with Tableau Public, a free data analysis and visualization tool.

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Love Data Week 2020

  • February 10-14, 1:00-2:00pm

Roses are red, violets are blue, we love data, and hope you do too!  To celebrate Love Data Week the University Libraries are hosting a series of hands-on workshops to help you feel the data love! 

Register for a session!

  • What Do You Mean by That?, Rush Rhees Library, February 10, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Big Data: Scary, Scrupulous, Secretive? All Three?, Rush Rhees Library, February 10, 1:00-2:00pm 
  • Cleaning Messy Data with OpenRefine, Rush Rhees Library, February 11, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Metadata: A Love Letter to the Future, Carlson Library, February 12, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Getting Started with Tableau, School of Medicine and Dentistry, February 13, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Data Management Made Easy, Carlson Library, February 14, 1:00-2:00pm
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Data Wrangling:  How do I get those data into that report?

  • March 12, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Instruction Suite B, 1st floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenters: Hillary Lincourt, Programmer/Analyst, and Jen-Li Chen, Data Analyst

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You learned how do to data visualizations – yippee!  Now what?  Unless you are only interested in the simplest reports, there is a lot of data wrangling that is necessary to get the data in the shape you need to do the visualization you want.  Come learn how to munge, wrangle, combine, define, format, and generally tame unruly data to have the right kind of data for clear and accurate reporting.

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So you want to do a survey?

  • April 16, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Instruction Suite B, 1st floor of Rush Rhees Library
  • Presenter: Scott McIntosh, Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences

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It seems like everywhere you turn, someone wants your thoughts: Just a brief survey please! With all the free tools to create simple questionnaires, it’s easier than ever for anyone to collect data on anything. But not all surveys are created equal.  This session will cover survey basics around who should be surveyed and how to ask the questions that get the answers you want. 

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Now what am I supposed to do?

  • May 21, 2020

Should I email this spreadsheet? Do I know what’s in that chart? What kind of data are these?  If you have ever been confused about how to handle data appropriately, what data security means, or what it means to use data responsibly, this is the dialogue for you.  We’ll talk about basic data do’s and don’ts including how to know what kind of data you are working with, how to handle it, and how to use it appropriately.