Published: June 13, 2018

A packed CRDDS workshop on Programming in PythonThe Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) is one year old! Please drop in to help us celebrate with cake and other light refreshments between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 in Norlin Library E206.

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“More than 750 faculty, staff and students attended the 55 trainings and workshops we offered,” said Jennifer Knievel, CRDDS co-director and acting senior associate dean of the Libraries. “In our first year, we also launched the Digital Humanities graduate certificate. And that is just the start of what we can do for researchers and anyone interested in data.”

CRDDS serves researchers in many ways, includes everything from Python workshops to help in meeting data management requirements, such as the ones required by federal grants. With the Libraries’ new DataCite membership, CRDDS can now register for DOIs data sets housed in our repositories, and ultimately help others locate, identify, and cite research data with confidence. One of the more popular Center offerings is the weekly interdisciplinary office hours, which brings together a variety of expertise around data and workflow.

“CRDDS office hours give me an extremely convenient way to get rapid and personalized feedback on the software and computational techniques I use in my chemistry research,” said Sam Shepard, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. “This invaluable assistance ensures that I can work more efficiently and make effective use of the resources research computing provides."

Alessandro Peri, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, agreed, saying that the CRDDS office hours “provided access to software expertise that was pivotal in refining my economic modeling workflow."

ATLAS graduate student, Lila Finch, conceptualizing data from Zach Wilson, a doctoral student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, in front of their data visualization, Luminous Yeast.Many CU researchers and students across several disciplines have benefitted from the CRDDS emphasis on collaboration over the past year. For example, one pair of winners in the CRDDS-sponsored Data Visualization contest included an ATLAS student, Lila Finch, conceptualizing data from Zach Wilson, a doctoral student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In the year ahead, CRDDS looks forward to reporting on the 454 responses they received to their campus survey on digital research methods and tools.

We look forward to speaking with you about how the CRDDS services can assist with your research. The Center’s goal is to foster an interdisciplinary community of practice around the digital research lifecycle. Launched in the summer of 2017, CRDDS is a partnership between the University Libraries and Research Computing with the aim to help CU Boulder students and faculty manage their data, preserve it for the future, and leverage it in the pursuit of inquiry and discovery.