Webinar – Putting data on maps

A free webinar, organised by the UK Data Service, provides an introduction to using mapping libraries in R to create simple geographical visualisations of your data.  The data can be represented on the map in a variety of ways, using pop-ups or colour shading. However before you can do this you need to be able to create the map with appropriate geographical boundaries and to be able to associate your data with the available geographical information of the map. We will look at different data formats such as using longitude and latitude values as well as using shape files. We will use R libraries which generate static maps (essentially an image file) such as ggmap and those which produce more dynamic maps which can be displayed in a web browser such as leaflet.  This webinar is intended for researchers who are familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata and who would like an introduction to mapping data containing geographical information using the packages available in R.  Date: 4 April 2017, 15.00 – 16.00  Level: Introductory.  Experience/knowledge required: Familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata.   Target audience: Researchers interested in mapping data

 

10 Tips for Writing a Truly Terrible Journal Article

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Webinar 1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST

Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it! In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher.

The presenter Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer, holding a PhD in Building Physics. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Bert has published 128 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is among the 150 most-cited researchers worldwide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. Further, Bert is an Editor of Building & Environment and Associate Editor of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different journals.

Follow this link to register.

Training Events: Using Data

The UK Data Service has a number of webinars over the next 4 weeks which may be of interest to research students or staff.

 

Systematic Review Course, 26-29 June 2017, University of Cardiff

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This is an intensive four-day course introducing the skills necessary to complete a systematic review. The course will cover:

  • introduction to systematic reviewing and developing a protocol
  • literature searching and selection of studies
  • critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative data
  • extracting data – developing/adapting forms
  • meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
  • reporting and dissemination of qualitative data.

More information and links to register interest available here.

 

Vitae Live YouTube Q&A: Successful career planning for researchers, 18 January @ 14.00.

vitae-youtube-q-and-a-january-2017Do you regularly review, plan and develop your career? Perhaps you’re in the final year of your PhD, just starting out in research or considering another fixed-term post? Whatever your situation, planning and managing your career is worth making time for.

If you don’t know where to start, join us on the 18 January at 2pm (UK Time) to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

Join Vitae on the 18 January 2017 to explore the following questions:

How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
How do you make a career development plan?
Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

 

Webinar: Guided walk through ReShare, 13 December 2016, Online 15.00-16.00 GMT

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Are you an ESRC grant holder, whose grant has ended and is required to submit your research data into the ReShare repository? Are you a researcher interested in depositing data into ReShare to make them available for reuse, or as evidence for a published paper? Are you just curious to explore how publishing in ReShare happens in practice?

Join the UK Data Service interactive online webinar, where we will ‘walk’ you through the process of submitting a data collection into the ReShare repository. We will then answer any questions you may have about ReShare and depositing your data with us.

You will learn:

  • how to start the process of depositing data into ReShare
  • how to describe a data collection well (i.e. what metadata should be provided)
  • why providing detailed and accurate metadata is important
  • how to prepare and upload your data files and documentation files
  • how to decide upon the most suitable access level and licence for your data
  • how we review your data before publishing it

This is an introductory webinar. We do not expect attendees to have any experience in working with data to attend this session.

To book a place please go to https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4797

 

 

Avoid a data drama!

Plan ahead to avoid a drama with your research data. Whether you are a post grad student, in your first research post, or a senior researcher,  planning how you will handle, share and store your data is an important part of good research practice. Many funders now require evidence of good data handling practices as part of any submission, whether this is in the form of a specific Data Management Plan, or part of the methodology.  Check out the RGU guide to research data or contact Jane Williams for help and advice.

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

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This is interesting. The UK Parliament offer regional training events for academic researchers called “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament”. These events explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and take place monthly across the UK.  They are open to any researcher at any stage of their career. There is an attendance fee of £40 to pay.

What does the training cover?

The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).  Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.  A networking lunch is included.

As a result of the training you will:

  • Understand Parliament’s role and processes
  • Learn how research is used in the UK Parliament
  • Be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
  • Learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament

Using Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology research into the 2014 REF case studies, the events will also discuss how academics are having impact in Parliament and give practical advice and information about how to get involved.

Where and when does the training take place?

Events take place monthly at venues around the UK.  Our event schedule is listed below.

  • September 2016: North East England
  • October 2016: London
  • November 2016: North West England
  • December 2016: East Midlands
  • January 2017: South East England
  • February 2017: West Midlands
  • March 2017: Scotland
  • April 2017: Wales
  • May 2017: Yorkshire and the Humber
  • June 2017: Northern Ireland
  • September 2017: East of England
  • October 2017: South West England

You can register your interest for academic training events in your region or nation, and we will alert you to new dates as they are announced.

For more information, register interest and book a place visit the UK parliament website.