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Data Horror Stories & Open Panel with UBC Researchers

This session will be divided into two parts. The first part will feature three UBC researchers discussing their experiences with data management, with a focus on improper planning and unforeseen events that lead to a disruption (or horror story) in their research. The second part will feature a panel discussion in which UBC researchers will answer questions relating to data and RDM.

Dr. Jason Pither is an ecologist and principal investigator in the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Research Facility at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Since 2016, Dr. Pither has been collaborating with members of both UBC campuses to build capacity around training and support of best practices in Open Science. He is co-lead on UBC’s strategic Fostering Open Science @ UBC initiative. At both campuses he has delivered more than 20 seminars, guest lectures, and workshops on Open Science and reproducible workflows using R and R Markdown. Nevertheless, has some of his own data horror stories to share.

Dr. Fiona P. McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Visual Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan where she is the co-Director of the Collaborative + Experimental Ethnography Lab (www.ce2lab.org) where her research focuses on Climate Justice and Social Change. Her current research focuses on water rights, cold climate housing, sensory ethnography, and open access digital publishing. She is a founding member of the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective, which curated exhibitions at the intersections of art and anthropology from 2009–2019. Her ongoing research looks at historical and contemporary uses of woollen blankets when transformed by contemporary artists, craft makers, and Indigenous communities in North American and Aotearoa New Zealand. She supervises undergraduate and graduate students in community-based research projects.

Jeffrey LeDue is the Managing Director of the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre and Coordinator of the Dynamic Brain Circuits Research Excellence Cluster at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC Vancouver Campus. His expertise spans microscopy, imaging, optogenetics, custom hardware and data analysis pipelines. He has co-authored over 30 papers with 9 PI’s since joining UBC in 2010. Prior to UBC, he was the Vision Science Imaging Specialist in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley and worked on near-field optics and biological atomic force microscopy in the Department of Physics at McGill University in Montreal.

This workshop is part of the RDM Fall Series 2020. The series is designed to be taken as a complete cycle, in order, over a three week period this fall. The sessions will build on one another using a mock research project and data, but we encourage you to bring your own project if you’d like!

These sessions will be presented by the UBC Research Commons, UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC), the UBC Okanagan Library and the UBC Centre for Scholarly Communications. Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #UBCRDM2020!

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If you have any questions or concerns, please email doug.brigham@ubc.ca.

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This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at the same time.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
  All     All UBC Students     Faculty     Graduate     Post-Doc     Professional     Staff  
  Research Commons     Research Data Management  
Nick Rochlin (host) + UBC Researchers
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