Data: a series of lunchtime talks

The ‘Data’ series of lunchtime talks will be held in Hilary Term 2016 at IT Services, and is aimed at researchers from all disciplines who generate, gather, rearrange, or re-purpose data. The talks will deal with software, services, and techniques to help you make the most of that data. Covering data visualisation tools and projects, and aspects of data management from planning to re-use, these talks are intended to inspire, whilst also considering the practical requirements of research funders and issues surrounding data sharing. Join us to hear how others are doing things with data, both in Oxford and outside, and come along to tell us about what you are doing.

The talks from Michaelmas Term 2015 can be found here.

All talks will take place Friday lunchtimes at IT Services, 7-19 Banbury Road, and all members of the University are welcome. Please follow the links below to sign up for the sessions. When this is is possible, presentations and audio are recorded and made available live and to watch at your leisure via Oxford Replay (see also links for individual sessions below).


DMP Online – a Data Management Planning Tool for Researchers

Meriel Patrick, IT Services

2nd week, Friday 29th January, 12:30-13:30

A good data management plan provides a solid foundation for research. DMP Online is a web-based tool which makes building a plan straightforward: it offers a range of templates (including those from major funding bodies), along with guidance tailored for Oxford researchers.

Watch the online webcast and view the slides.


Some Examples of Data Visualisation using Blender 3D

Rowan Wilson, IT Services

3rd week, Friday 5th February, 12:30-13:30

This talk will highlight some possible uses of the free / open source 3D rendering and modelling tool Blender in data visualisation scenarios. We will look at publicly available data sets and some work of the current innovation project running within IT Services relating to 3D data visualisation.


Creating Interactive Data Visualisations with Tableau Public

Martin Hadley, IT Services

4th week, Friday 12th February, 12:30-13:30

This talk will introduce Tableau Public – an easy to use, free and powerful tool for creating interactive dashboards and data visualisations that can be shared publically and embedded in your personal site. All the steps necessary to prepare, visualise and share data through Tableau Public will be covered.

Sign up to attend the session here.


Creating Interactive Data Visualisations with R and Shiny

Martin Hadley, IT Services

6th week, Friday 26th February, 12:30-13:30

R is a tool used by millions of researchers for data analysis and visualisation. Using the free Shiny package, these analyses and visualisations can be published as interactive webpages just using R. This talk will provide the necessary steps to start using Shiny and provide advice on how to learn more.

Sign up to attend the session here.


Negotiating the Archive(s) of UK Web Space

Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research

7th week, Friday 4th March, 12:30-13:30

This presentation will discuss the challenges faced by researchers wishing to work with the archive(s) of UK web space. It will discuss the requirement for scholars to gain an understanding of big data tools and methods, to develop their statistical and technical knowledge, to think about new ethical frameworks for research, and to occupy a sometimes challenging interdisciplinary space.

Sign up to attend the session here. See the online webcast.


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