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Research Data Management Training online course
robin on 2011-10-26 03:58

The Research Data Management Training, or MANTRA project has produced an open, online training course for PhD and early career researchers to learn best practices in data management.

In addition to the interactive, online module which covers data management topics such as Organising Your Data, there are downloadable software modules covering data handling skills in SPSS, R, NVivo and ArcGIS.

The resource was created by EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh, and was funded by the JISC Managing Research Data programme.

Podcast about "Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian" by Lynda Kellam & Katharin Peter
Amy West on 2011-10-06 09:35

Lynda Kellam & Katharin Peter, two IASSIST members, recently published their book on how to be a data librarian:

Kellam, L. M., & Peter, K. (2011). Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. 

Earlier this summer, Lynda discussed the book, data, data literacy and instruction with the folks at "Adventures in Library Instruction".

Highly recommended!

Kenya Open Data
Amy West on 2011-07-21 12:43

Recently Kenya launched Kenya Open Data, a portal to national and sub-national data by and/or about the nation of Kenya. The site runs on a tool called Socrata boasts a host of really nice features including:

The site also contains links to other data platforms such as Google Public Data Explorer.

Access is freely available with a request for attribution according to the Terms and Conditions.

The US site, also runs on Socrata. What's interesting to me is how few of the Socrata features are used on as opposed to Kenya Open Data. Kenya's implementation is really impressive.

I look forward to using this resource and am very glad that it's makes so much data, especially sub-national data, readily available to me here in the middle of the US!

US Department of Labor Tools for Application Development
Amy West on 2011-07-18 07:39

From the US Department of Labor's website comes an initial set of datasets and mobile SDKs to support the creation of 3rd party interfaces for Department of Labor data.

To use the data, you need to go to to register and get keys for the data. In the initial offering are 

The Department of Labor has also released SDKs for all of the major mobile platforms:

The Department says that they will be releasing additional datasets as time goes by. So, go forth and create!

United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Data Set Reference Guides
Amy West on 2011-07-08 09:51

Thanks to Lynda Kellam at the Dataland Blog for highlighting the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Data Set Reference Guides. HUD has a dense website and posts a lot of data. These two tables help you figure out which ones are most relevant for which areas of research. Unfortunately, neither has a usefully descriptive name or clear pattern of inclusion. The second guide is much shorter and includes sets like the CBO Appropriations and Fair Housing Cases as opposed to the American Housing Survey and State of the Cities listed on the first guide.

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