Archive for the ‘Data Curation’ Category

Electronic Lab Notebooks Workshop: June 25, 2014 in the Biomedical Library

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Next in the Data Wednesdays Series:

The “what’s”, “why’s” and “how’s” of Electronic Lab Notebooks

Your data are probably stored as digital files, while the information about your experiment is in your paper notebook. Have you wondered what it would be like to have everything stored together in an Electronic Lab Notebook? Have you wanted to try one or several out but did not have time?

Come to this Data Wednesday workshop on June 25th from noon to 1 P.M. to find out more about the structure and features of several popular ELN’s. The class will meet in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Presented by Vessela Ensberg, Ph.D., Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Please register to reserve your space.

Note: this workshop is not available by webinar.

Questions?  Email for more information.

Data 101: Introduction to Research Data Management 1/22 @12pm

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Drowning in data? Need to write a data management plan? Responsible for your lab’s research data? The Library can help!

Attend our January Data Wednesdays workshop Data 101: Introduction to Research Data Management to learn how to manage your research data more effectively.  The workshop will be taught by Tony Aponte, Coordinator of Data and Scholarly Communication Services at the UCLA Science and Engineering Library.

Location: Biomedical Library Classroom
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 12-1pm

Registration is require for workshop attendance.

Data 101 class - Introduction to Research Management 1/22/14

NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative Announces Funding Opportunity

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support a U24 resource award for Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium. The purpose of this FOA is to create a consortium to begin development of an NIH Data Discovery Index (DDI) to allow discovery, access, and citation of biomedical data. Letters of intent to apply are due by February 6, 2014, and completed applications are due by March 6, 2014. Budgets are limited to $2,000,000 in direct costs per year but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is three years.

As part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the DDI seeks to fulfill the recommendation from the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) Report to the Advisory Council to the Director to “Promote Data Sharing Through Central and Federated Catalogues.” The awardee in response to this FOA will constitute a DDI Coordination Consortium (DDICC, U24) to conduct outreach, fund small pilot projects, manage communication with stakeholders, constitute and coordinate Task Forces to study relevant questions related to access, discoverability, citation for all biomedical data and assure community engagement in the development, testing, and validation of an NIH DDI. Part of this effort will be to assemble a user interface (website) through which the results of development and testing of models for an NIH DDI may be communicated.

<originally published in Newsbits: Latest News from PSR>

UC Research eXchange (UC ReX) Workshop

Monday, October 28th, 2013


This workshop will be taught by Dr. Douglas Bell, Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine and Leader of the Biomedical Informatics Program of UCLA CTSI.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS)

Are you doing clinical research? Could your work benefit from access to cohort counts based on de-identified data on

  • demographics
  • diagnosis data
  • commonly-ordered lab test results (starting Fall 2013)
  • anticoagulant medications (starting Fall 2013)

The University of California Research eXchange (UC-ReX) Data Explorer, is a secure online system designed to enable University of California (UC) clinical investigators to identify potential research study cohorts spanning the five UC medical centers. The Data Explorer allows investigators to conduct interactive searches of data derived from patient care activities at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Search criteria can include demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9 and CPT), labs, and medications. The output of each query from the UC ReX Data Explorer is a numeric count of patients by site that match the criteria identified in the query. The numeric count helps investigators assess the feasibility of their study idea by identifying whether there are sufficient numbers of prospective subjects within the UC system.

The workshop is free but seating is limited. Please register to reserve a seat.

UC ReX is brought to you by the University of California Biomedical Research Accelerations, Integration and Development (UC BRAID) to facilitate integration of research programs, clinical informatics, technology, and resources across University of California campuses.

LECTURE: Why You Should Care about Open Data

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Lecture: Why You Should Care about Open Data: Why Research Data Are Rarely Reused
Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room

Scholarly knowledge-sharing includes sharing research data, but while the supply of data is growing rapidly, demand exists in only a few research communities. This appears to be caused by factors related to trust, application, and practices. When collecting one’s own data, a researcher knows its origins, transfor-mations, analyses, assumptions, strengths, limitations, access conditions, and likely longevity, but researchers may not have that information about data acquired from other parties. Librarians, archivists, and data scientists assist scholars with managing, curating, and disseminating their data, recommending practices with reuse in mind whenever possible. This lecture is by Christine L. Borgman, professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

<submitted by Vessela Ensberg>

Interested in Research Electronic Data Capture? Put your REDCap on!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Data Wednesdays continue in October with an introduction to REDCap software. It is available to UCLA users through CTSI. You will find this tool particularly useful if you do research with human subjects and/or conduct longitudinal studies.

REDCap makes it easy to:

  • create data collection forms
  • collect and organize data from surveys
  • record the same variables over a period of time (longitudinal studies)
  • export data for statistical analysis.

Some of the features that make REDCap special are:

  • matrix of fields that allows using the same answer options for more than one question
  • branching logic
  • automatic edits log.

Taught by Martin Lai, Informatics Core Manager, UCLA Clinical & Translational Research Center and brought to you by Data Wednesdays at the Biomedical Library. Class meets in the UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS), October 23rd, 2013, 12-1 p.m. Please RSVP to reserve your space. This workshop is part of the Biomedical Library’s Data Wednesdays series.

Questions? Email for more information.

<submitted by Vessela Ensberg>



Do You Need Help Managing Your Lab Notebooks?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Can you decipher notebook entries from students who have left your lab? Can you piece together a project from notes taken three years ago? Do you know where the relevant raw data and aliquots are? Is it clear how the students analyzed their data?

Vessela Ensberg is a Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library. She has a Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She offers one-hour presentations focusing on structuring and managing lab notebooks. The presentation is  based on NIH intramural guidelines and her experience as a graduate student and a postdoc juggling a paper notebook and digital files.

To schedule a presentation during your group meeting or at another convenient time, please, contact Vessela at

Organizing Your Research (and Your Life) with Evernote: a Workshop

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Get off to a productive start for the new academic year by joining us at the Biomedical Library to learn how to use Evernote to organize your research and your life!  This free software is available for PC and Mac.  Plus, with a web interface and apps for all major mobile devices, you can access your information wherever you are. We’ll help you get started with organizing your research, class and meeting notes, or pretty much any kind of information you want to save.  This session will cover:

  • creating and accessing documents from the desktop program, web interface, and mobile apps;
  • organizing your information with tags and notebooks;
  • converting your written notes or lab notebooks into digitized, searchable documents;
  • using the Web Clipper to save information from websites;
  • sharing documents with others (even if they don’t have an Evernote account).

Taught by Lisa Federer, Research Informationist at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Class meets in UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom, September 25, 2013, 12-1 pm.  Please RSVP to reserve your space.  Choose from one of three options for attending:

  • in person and use a library laptop
  • in person and bring your own laptop (must install Evernote software before workshop)
  • from anywhere via Elluminate webinar (must have web browser with updated Java and phone line to dial in for audio)

This workshop is the part of the Biomedical Library’s Data Wednesdays series.  Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month to learn about a topic related to research data management.

Questions?  Email for more information.




NIH’s Data Sharing Policy: How to Write a Data Sharing Plan

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Part of being a good scientific citizen is sharing your research data – plus, it’s a requirement for many NIH grant recipients! If you’re applying for more than $500,000 per year in direct costs, your application must include a data sharing plan. Even if you’re not required to submit a formal plan, it’s a good idea to think ahead about what will happen to your data in the long term.

This session will introduce you to what you need to know if you receive NIH funding, including:

  • an overview of NIH policies and requirements relevant to data sharing,
  • what kind of info should be included in a plan,
  • how to use the DMPTool to support NIH,
  • where to find additional help.

Taught by Lisa Federer, Research Informationist at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Class meets in UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom, August 28, 2013, 12-1 pm. Please RSVP online to reserve your space.

The Library is also pleased to announce that participants can join us remotely via Elluminate! You will need a web browser with the most recent version of Java installed; if you select the webinar option, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to connect.

This workshop is the part of the Biomedical Library’s Data Wednesdays series. Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month to learn about a topic related to research data management.

Questions? Email for more information.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Data Visualization for the Web using Google Charts

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Learn about the basics of data visualization and charts to present data sets on the web. We’ll cover the proper format to structure your data for use with common web tools and review some popular charting and visualization frameworks available, including Google Charts and Fusion tables. No prerequisites, but knowledge of basic web technologies like HTML and Javascript will be helpful. Data sets will be provided for participants to use in exploration.

Taught by Kristian Allen, Programmer/Analyst with the UCLA Digital Library Program. Class meets in UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom, July 24, 2013, 12-1 pm.  Please RSVP at to reserve your space. When registering, please indicate whether you’d like to use a library laptop or bring your own computer.  You will need Chrome installed if you are bringing your own computer.

This workshop is the part of the Biomedical Library’s Data Wednesdays series.  Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month to learn about a topic related to research data management.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>