ATLAS Workshops on Data Analysis and Questionnaire Design

Applied Technologies in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) has set its fall workshop schedule.  ATLAS workshops are free and open to anyone on campus.

09/29/2015 – Stata 1: Getting Started with Stata
10/06/2015 – Stata 2: Inferential Statistics with Stata

10/01/2015 – R 1: Getting Started with R
10/08/2015 – R 2: Inferential Statistics
10/13/2015 – R 3: R Studio

10/15/2015 – ATLAS.ti 1: Introduction – Qualitative Coding
10/22/2015 – ATLAS.ti 2: Data Exploration and Analysis

10/27/2015 – SPSS 1: Getting Started with SPSS
11/03/2015 – SPSS 2: Inferential Statistics with SPSS

10/29/2015 – SAS 1: Getting Started with SAS
11/05/2015 – SAS 2: Inferential Statistics with SAS

10/20/2015 – Questionnaire Design

For details and to register for workshops, see ATLAS’s Fall Training Schedule.

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Opportunity for Library Users With Disabilities

Do you sometimes get frustrated using any of the university library resources?

Do you have at least one of the following disabilities: blindness/low vision, deaf/hearing impairment, Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or have a mobility impairment?

Are you an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a faculty or staff member?

Have your voice heard!

Fill out the availability survey to potentially participate in a focus group about that will ask about your experiences in the library as a patron with a disability.

This research will help the University Library better understand your unique needs and allow us to make changes to better serve you. Focus groups will last for 90 minutes, take place in a Main Library Meeting Room (to be determined), and will be audio and video recorded. At the end of the focus group session, you will be given one $20 gift card to compensate you for your time.

Your identity will be anonymized in any publishable or professional materials that are developed from this research.

If you have any questions, please contact the principal investigator, JJ Pionke, at or 217-265-0002.

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Research Support for the HathiTrust Research Center

Supporting use of the HathiTrust Research Center’s services for text analysis is one way that the Scholarly Commons contributes to digital humanities research at the University of Illinois. The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) enables computational access for nonprofit, educational users to published works in the public domain and, in the future, on limited terms to works in-copyright from the HathiTrust Digital Library. The HTRC can be used by emerging or advanced digital humanities researchers, and has value in both research and teaching with digital methodologies.

To use the HTRC’s main portal, create an account with your Illinois email address and log in to build a workset of digitized volumes relevant to you. Then experiment with the HTRC-provided computational algorithms to analyze your workset.

If you would like to learn more about what the HTRC offers, consider attending a Savvy Researcher workshop about the HTRC. For the fall semester 2015, it will be held on Tuesday, November 3 from 11-12 p.m. in 314 Library. And be sure to check the Savvy Researcher calendar for other workshops you might find interesting!

Contact Eleanor Dickson, HTRC Digital Humanities Specialist, if you would like to consult with someone in the Scholarly Commons about using the HTRC. The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University, and at Illinois, it is a collaboration of the University Library and the Graduate School for Library and Information Science.

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Help Obtaining Data is Available From the Library

This fall marks the sixth annual Data Purchase Program, where the University Library accepts applications from campus researchers for purchasing data that will be useful to them in their research.  The data must cost less than $5,000, must be used for teaching or research, and it must be available to all of campus.  Some vendors are only willing to sell access for one person, but often we can negotiate campus access.

The library has purchased a large variety of data: from tax assessor’s data for the Chicago area to satellite imagery of a river in Argentina and the locations of villages in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.  A full list of purchased data is on the program description page at

The deadline for first consideration is October 1, but the Data Services Committee will consider applications that come in later as long as we have funds available and can complete the purchase by the end of the fiscal year.

If you are interested in applying for the Data Purchase Program, the online application is at  If you have questions about the program or need help identifying data for your research, please contact the Scholarly Commons at  We look forward to connecting you with the data you need!

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Python Drop-in Hours

Do you need new or additional programming skills for a research project? Having a problem with getting data out of a file or reshaping it for your needs? Do you have a task you think you could automate with a script?

The Research Data Service in conjunction with the Scholarly Commons will be hosting drop-in hours for Python coding help. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to drop by to get help with a coding problem or learn about other campus and community resources for programming help. Some R, SQL, and XML help can be also provided as well. Drop-in hours are meant to assist researchers in programming tasks related to research projects and not for homework help. Members of RDS staff will also be available to discuss more general data management as well.

Please bring your computer and any data files you’re trying to work with.

This is a pilot program and will run on Tuesday afternoons from August 25 to September 29 at the Scholarly Commons (Room 306 Main Library; near the Wright Street stairwell).

Questions? Contact Elizabeth ( or the Scholarly Commons (

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GIS Research Services and Workshops

As the new semester kicks off, the Scholarly Commons wants to highlight our GIS research services and workshops. If you are not aware of GIS, or geographic information systems, they are computer systems for bringing together maps and data about geographic locations and features to analyze (for more information see What is GIS or Wikipedia). Scholars from many disciplines utilize GIS to analyze and visualize their data with maps to help share about and communicate their research. The robust nature of GIS can enhance all sorts of research projects, big or small, simple or complex.

The Scholarly Commons offers complete GIS research services to researchers, students and faculty, free of charge throughout the year, even during the summer! Our custom consultations can cover how to find specific GIS data to complex geoprocessing and analysis. Some other common GIS services include geocoding addresses, troubleshooting coordinate systems and projections, field data collection, GIS data management, research design, and much more. If you wish to set up an appointment, please fill out the GIS Consultation Form or contact James Whitacre, the Library’s GIS Specialist.

In addition to research services, the Scholarly Commons offers GIS workshops through the Savvy Researcher series. This year we are beginning a set of core GIS workshops that we plan to offer every semester. Additionally, throughout the semester we will offer special topic GIS workshops for more technical or advanced concepts or skills. Below is a list of this semester’s GIS Workshops. Be sure to check the Savvy Researcher Calendar for up to date listings and to register for workshops.

Core GIS Workshops

 Geographic Information Systems 101: Understanding GIS

  • Description: Not sure what GIS is or how it is used? This workshop will guide you through the foundational concepts of GIS and start you down the path to use geospatial technologies in your research. We will introduce different types of GIS software, data, and concepts, and showcase different examples of how GIS is used in research. After completing this workshop, you will know what it means to think spatially and be familiar with resources available across campus to help you utilize GIS for your research.
  • GIS experience needed: None!
  • Date:     Friday, September 25, 11 am – Noon

GIS for Research I: Tools, Concepts, and Geodata Management

  • Description: Looking to enrich your research with GIS or need to refresh you GIS software skills? Kick start (or restart) your understanding of essential GIS concepts through this two-hour, hands-on workshop with GIS software. This workshop will help you build a solid foundation for using GIS software to organize and manage your data, while also learning more about key concepts like vector vs. raster data, scale, and projections.
  • GIS experience needed: None to Beginner
  • Date: Tuesday, September 29, 5 – 7 pm

Discovering GIS Data

  • Description: Where can I find GIS data for…? This hands-on workshop will cover where and how to find geographic data throughout the web. Most GIS classes and workshops prepackage error-free GIS data for you, but this workshop will set you free. This workshop will introduce common and authoritative portals for geodata, as well as cover how to identify quality GIS data and different GIS data formats. This workshop requires basic knowledge GIS software such as adding and viewing data.
  • GIS experience needed: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Date: Thursday, October 23, 11 am – Noon

GIS for Research II: Geoprocessing, Analysis, and Visualization

  • Description: Take your GIS skills to the next step! This two-hour, hand-on workshop will walk through different geoprocessing tools and analyses common in GIS for research. Additionally, an emphasis on sharing and visualizing GIS data will challenge students to think differently about GIS data.
  • GIS experience needed: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Date: Tuesday, November 17, 5 – 7 pm


Special Topics GIS Workshops

Python Programming Basics for GIS Users

  • Description: Programming tools are now a standard feature within GIS software packages and allow professionals to automate, speed up, and become more precise in their analytic work. This workshop is designed for GIS professionals and students who have little to no experience or exposure to computer programming. Core programming concepts related to GIS work will be presented using the Python programming language. The workshop will be focused on guiding attendees through hands-on modules designed to provide the essential skills to programmatically manipulate data as part of a GIS workflow. This workshop is designed to be preparation for the workshop ‘Getting Started with Python in ArcGIS’, but may be taken independently.
  • GIS experience needed: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Date: Thursday, September 10, 2 – 5 pm

Getting Started with Python and ArcPy in ArcGIS

  • Description: Building on ‘Python Programming Basics for GIS Users’ but open to anyone with some programming experience, this workshop will expand on those skills to further use Python in ArcGIS. The workshop will focus on the ArcPy Python site package to expand geoprocessing capabilities with Python scripts. Participants will learn to build multiple standalone geoprocessing scripts covering different GIS tasks and workflows. The workshop will also cover how to create scripting tools in ArcGIS toolboxes for reuse and sharing. Participants will finish with the skills to explore more resources and options for utilizing Python in ArcGIS.
  • GIS experience needed: Beginner to Advanced
  • Date: Friday, September 11, 2 – 5 pm
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Data Citation Index

The University Library now subscribes to the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters (which also provides Web of Science).  You can also access the Data Citation Index by searching for it in the Library’s Online Journals & Databases system.

The goal of the Data Citation Index is to support data discovery, reuse and interpretation.  To achieve this, the Data Citation Index brings together results from data repositories across disciplines.  The rough breakdown of repositories by discipline is: life sciences (48%), physical sciences (23%), social sciences (20%), arts & humanities (7%), and multidisciplinary (2%). Examples of repositories included are: Gene Expression Omnibus, WormBase, Dryad, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Archaeology Data Service, and figshare.

The Data Citation Index provides suggested citations for the data, based on the data citation recommendations of

The Data Citation Index also provides links between the data and the articles that cite it.  For example, search for “GSE2814” to see mouse liver tissue expression data that has been cited by 6 articles in Web of Science.  Because data citation is not standardized or common practice, most data in the Data Citation Index has not been cited very often.  So currently, this is not a very robust feature, but it has interesting potential.

This post was originally published on the Research Data blog by

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Eleanor Dickson Joins the Scholarly Commons

In June, Eleanor Dickson joined the Scholarly Commons as the Visiting HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist. Eleanor will be supporting digital humanities initiatives in the Scholarly Commons and beyond, primarily leading training and outreach for the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), the research-arm of one of the world’s largest digital libraries, the HathiTrust. The HTRC is a collaborative project between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Indiana, and it facilitates text analysis on the more than 14 million digitized volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

In addition to leading workshops on campus and elsewhere, she will be working with scholars at the University of Illinois to integrate HTRC tools and systems in their research. She is available to consult on HTRC—as well as general digital humanities-related questions—by appointment.

Eleanor comes to Champaign-Urbana from Emory University in Atlanta where as a Research Library Fellow she split time between the Emory University Archives and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. A native of California, she has a master’s degree from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she specialized in digital collections.

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Identify yourself! Use the ORCID Registry

Your name identifies you as the author of your work, but does it do so unambiguously?  Does it appear in the same form on all your work? Has your name changed through life transitions?  Do others have the same or a very similar name?  Could someone interested in your contributions to the scholarly record easily use your name to find your work?  The reality is that names are neither consistent nor unique, and thus make poor identifiers.  This is an issue that affects all involved in the research process: funders, institutions, publishers, and you.

ORCID iD iconThe Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) was established in 2010 to address the challenge of identity for researchers.  Working “for the benefit of all stakeholders, including research organizations, research funders, organizations, publishers, and researchers,” the ORCID community strives to establish a “permanent, clear and unambiguous record of research and scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors.”

The ORCID Registry is free to individuals, and to date, there are more than 550,000 researchers with ORCID identifiers in the Registry.   Click here to add yourself to the ORCID Registry and obtain your ORCID identifier.  The Registry can hold your name, education, institutional affiliation(s), corresponding websites, funding you have received, and your work.  You can control which information in your record is public or private.  You can import the citations for your work from a variety of partnering organizations including professional societies and commercial databases such as Web of Science and Scopus.  If you already have a ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID, you can import information from those records, and include those IDs in the ORCID Registry.  The ORCID identifier is a 16-digit string preceded by “” to create a URI for the corresponding record in the registry; e.g.,  Once you have your ORCID identifier, you can include it on manuscript or proposal submissions to unambiguously identify the work as yours.

ORCID identifiers are compatible with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729), also known as the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI).  ORCID identifiers are used by the Clearinghouse for Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) and SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) systems to facilitate mandated sharing of funded research.  Application programming interface (APIs) for communication between the ORCID Registry and other systems are available, and the community is committed to the development of Open Source code to facilitate communication across systems.

“ORCID identifiers are part of a larger community effort to create interoperable research infrastructures through adoption and use of trusted persistent identifiers and standard vocabularies and record formats to promote data quality in the collection, management, exchange and aggregation of research information.”

The ORCID members and sponsors include research institutes, scholarly societies, commercial publishers, academic institutions and their libraries, digital repositories, and government agencies and funders such as the National Institutes of Health.  As of November 2013, there were more than 90 ORCID member organizations, and more than 50 ORCID integrators had added ORCID identifier functionality to their systems. ScieNCV, an inter-agency researcher profile system in use by the National Institutes of Health and coming to the National Science Foundation in 2014 includes ORCID identifiers.  Going forward, researchers should expect an increasing number of submission venues to accept and make effective use of ORCID identifiers.

Further reading:

This post was originally published on the Research Data blog by Susan Braxton.

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Image of Research featured in Illinois Alumni Magazine

2015 Image of Research participant Ly Dinh and her design, Visualizing the Flow of Knowledge, were featured in the Summer 2015 edition of the Illinois Alumni magazine. The article, “Art meets science: Image competition celebrates breadth of research at Illinois,” appears on page 9 and discusses both Dinh’s entry and the goal of the competition. Dinh, the 2015 People’s Choice Award winner, used “network analytic software to depict nearly 18,000 nodes of connectivity among citation links in 459 journal articles.”[1] You can view Dinh’s entry and read a brief description here.

Browse the winners of the 2015 competition and all other entries at the online Image of Research exhibit.


[1] Illinois Alumni, “Art meets science: Image competition celebrates breadth of research at Illinois,” Illinois Alumni Magazine, Summer 2015, 9.

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