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For Hoyas who love their data

Many available library services can help student and faculty researchers better manage and share their data.

Research Consultations. Anyone in the Georgetown community can request in-depth, personalized research assistance from a librarian. Many consultations focus on information search skills and using library resources. However, you can also receive help with data management planning, accessing useful data sources, and identifying relevant data repositories, among other services. Submit your consultation request online, or contact your subject specialist directly.  

DigitalGeorgetown. The institutional repository provides a stable platform for sharing and maximizing the exposure of research output. This includes datasets, which DigitalGeorgetown can accept in almost any discrete file type. Consider sharing your data either standalone or as a supplement to a publication, thesis, or dissertation. Contact digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu for more information.

Digital Services and Data Preservation. Looking for tools and data to use for a project? Want to scrape large datasets and manipulate them? Through the Library, the Georgetown community has access to data mining tools and public domain works that you can use for computational analysis. The Library is also committed to long-term preservation of all digital assets deposited in DigitalGeorgetown. Contact digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu for more information.

Data Skills Training and Resources. Want to learn how to better handle your data? Read Safari e-books on data management and other topics. Use Lynda.com to access numerous online tutorials in data tools, such as Excel and R. Or sign up to learn about data visualization with Tableau at a Gelardin New Media Center workshop.

ORCID. As datasets become an increasingly important research output, the need for effective attribution tools and practices grows, too. Georgetown University Library supports ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), an organization that can help you manage your professional identity. Sign up for your own unique identifier, and then use it to connect your works across your career. This will also contribute to enabling appropriate data attribution, and ORCID iDs integrate with tools like DataCite and figshareContact digitalscholarship@georgetown.edu for more information.

Maker Hub. Since opening its doors in October 2016, the Maker Hub has provided specialized equipment and a collaborative atmosphere for Georgetown’s innovators. For example, one researcher used the 3D printer to fabricate a model skull based on CT scan data. Interested in exploring how the Maker Hub can support inventive types of data analysis or research methodology? Send an email to makerhub@georgetown.edu or join the Maker Hub Google Group.

Are there other ways the library could support your research? Please let us know