Postdocs & Advanced Graduate Students! Learn about Data Curation May 25th with part 1 of the Data Literacy Series

Submitted on May 18, 2017

Data Literacy Workshops for Postdocs and Advanced Graduate Students

  1. Data Curation for Postdocs and Advanced Graduate Students May 25, 12-1:30 in Main Library A112
  2. Data Management for Postdocs and Advanced Graduate Students – TBA


Which data skills are the most important for postdocs to have? The nuts and bolts of managing data in the lab on a daily basis? Or the ability to set data in its larger disciplinary context, assure its quality, and maintain it for future reuse? While both skillsets are important, there is a discrepancy between faculty, students, and postdocs in their assessment of their value: graduate students and postdocs think the first skillset is more important, while their faculty supervisors think the second skillset is more important. Moreover, faculty tend to believe that graduate students and postdocs should already have acquired both skillsets by the time they come to work in the lab, so they rarely provide formal training. This discrepancy between faculty expectations and the understanding of their students and postdocs highlights a significant gap in the training of scientists (Carlson et al., 2013).

Data Literacy for Postdocs and Advanced Graduate Students is a two-part series of 90-minute workshops to help postdocs develop skills in research data management and curation. While the workshops stand alone in either order, taking both parts will give you an overview of the data literacy skills required of the 21st century scientist. Most major funders now require the submission of a Data Management Plan in any grant proposal, and completing both workshops will give you the information you need to complete one successfully.

1. Data Curation and Advanced Graduate Students (field-specific) – Thursday May 25, 12-1:30 in Main Library A112

Helps postdocs familiarize themselves with the disciplinary practices around data in their field. Using discipline-specific resources, postdocs will explore data acquisition, data repositories, data journals, dataset vetting, open access requirements by funders and journals, and data archiving using open data formats. Click here to register

2. Data Management for Postdocs and Advanced Graduate Students [This was offered in March 2017, and will be offered again in the fall, date TBA]

Covers the best practices of managing and documenting data on a daily basis in the lab, and sets data management in the larger context of the research data lifecycle, including developing lab data protocols and completing the first part of a Data Management Plan.


Offered by the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, UA Libraries

Mary Bell, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Chris Kollen, Data Curation Librarian

In conjunction with the Postdoctoral Affairs Office and the UA Graduate Center



Carlson, Jake R; Johnston, Lisa; Westra, Brian; and Nichols, Mason, “Developing an Approach for Data Management Education: A Report from the Data Literacy Project” (2013). International Journal of Digital Curation (2013), 8(1), 204-217.