Registration is open for the Graduate Student Boot Camp: Managing Data and Research Materials.

August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Bruininks Hall 114

Learn organizational skills to manage your thesis data or research materials. Staff from the University Libraries, LATIS, IT, and other experts around campus will share tools and best practices to organize all the stuff that comes out of a research project, saving time and effort for you and your collaborators.

This boot camp is for graduate students and new researchers who will be managing a research project for the first time. You will leave with an action plan, research management skills, and connections to a network of experts, librarians, and your peers. After enrolling, you will be provided with a Canvas page link where additional materials reside. 

Thanks to the Libraries, LATIS, the Graduate School, OVPR, and the Informatics Institute for sponsoring. Hosted by the University Libraries.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Basics of managing data and research materials
  • Specific data management challenges
  • Thinking long-term and preserving access to data in the future
  • Lunch
  • Breakout: Discussions on best practices - choose two discussion tables:
    • Storage/backup of data
    • Biological data
    • Citations and PDFs
    • Electronic lab notebooks
    • Big data
    • Human subjects data
    • Statistical power & p-hacking
    • Fundamentals of information security
    • Geospatial data
    • Reporting Guidelines: Finding & Complying
    • Managing image, text, audio and video research materials
  • Breakout: Hands-on workshops. Learn about reproducible research and data management tools. Choose two presentations or request a consultation. 
    • Intro to R
    • Learning R Markdown and Dplyr
    • Intro to Python
    • Python for Reproducible Workflows
    • Citation managers: Zotero
    • Excel Pivot Tables
    • Version control with Git and Github
    • Qualtrics
    • Preparing graphs for publication with Inkscape
    • Scrivener
    • Preregistration before data collection: Why? Where?
    • One-on-one data management consultations
  • Making an action plan

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

You will receive a link to a Canvas course page in your registration confirmation email. You can also find this link in your Destiny One registration system Learner Portal.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will learn the foundations of managing the data or materials you collect during a research project.
  • You will become familiar with the tools, resources, and principles for maintaining the accessibility of your research products in order to apply them to current and future professional practice. 
  • You will create an action plan to organize your data or research materials effectively.
  • You will learn about and connect to a network of research support staff, librarians, and peers to get timely assistance and advice during your career.


Questions? Contact Emily at janis036@umn.edu.

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