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Call for Online Training Workshop - Data Management and Sharing for the Social Sciences


May 30 to June 1, 2021

Application deadline is Thursday, April 22, 2021, 11:00 pm (Beirut time)

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), through its Arab  Public Data Archive initiative, is pleased to announce an online workshop on “Data Management and Sharing for the Social Sciences” co-organized with the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The workshop will be held online from May 30 to June 1, 2021, and is designed for early career researchers and research support staff in the social sciences. The workshop aims to enable participants to manage their research data and shows the pathway and best practices towards data sharing. An additional and optional two-day workshop will follow on June 6 and 7 that will provide practical exercises in quantitative data cleaning and analysis with spreadsheets and OpenRefine and enable participants to manage large and complex data and to create tidy, machine-readable and reusable datasets fit for sharing.

The benefits of making data open and accessible have been widely discussed within the academic and public policy communities. Sharing research data enables others to verify and build upon published results, supports transparency and accountability of research findings, increases the return on public investments in research, encourages new scientific innovations, and facilitates collaboration within and across disciplines. However, there are real challenges associated with sharing data with the broader community. Fortunately, many of these challenges can be overcome with careful data management planning and implementation. 

Workshop Objectives

The workshop will examine the opportunities and challenges of creating and sharing high-quality data resources. Workshop participants will learn about:

  • The benefits of research data management and the sharing of FAIR data (that is they meet the principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability) and open datasets to both the individual researcher and to the scientific enterprise as a whole;
  • The complexities of research data based on disciplinary context, format, technical requirements, and applicable policies;
  • The implementation of data management standards and best practices across the research data lifecycle to produce and share high-quality datasets;
  • Drafting a research data management plan with real live examples;
  • Applications for archiving research data for long-term preservation, discovery, access, and reuse;
  • The principles underlying tidy and machine readable data;
  • Cleaning and preparing quantitative datasets for analysis on a practical level with spreadsheets and OpenRefine.

Workshop Format

  • The training workshop will be held online and in English
  • Training will be from 11am until 5:00 pm (Beirut time)
  • Participants are expected to fully participate in all sessions
  • The training will include synchronous learning with supplemental exercises done independently or in small breakout groups
  • Participants will be awarded an ACSS-Odum Institute certificate based on workshop attendance and successful completion of the workshop

Tentative Training Workshop Agenda

*Individual learning sessions include break times at participants’ leisure*

Day 1: Introduction to Research Data Management (Sunday, May 30, 2021) 

12:00 -13:30 - Live session
Welcome and workshop opening - Seteney Shami
Making the case for data management - Charles Kurzman
Course overview and introductions - Armin Straube
Testing technology
13:30 -16:00 - Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with instructors)
Research data management
The reasearch data lifecycle
Towards FAIR and open data
Assignment: Problems in managing research data
16:00 - 17:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignment - 2 breakout rooms
 
Day 2: Research Data Management Plans (Monday, May 31, 2021)
 
11:00-11:15 - Checking in
11:15-14:00 - Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with instructors)
Introducing Research Data Management Plans
Elements of RDMPs: Project description
Elements of RDMPs: Data documentation and metadata
Elements of RDMPs: Data storage
Elements of RDMPs: Ethics
Elements of RDMPs: Data sharing and publication
14:00 - 16:00 - Group work: Discussion of research project and preparation of an RDMP, instructors alternate between groups to provide guidance - small groups
16:00 - 17:00 - Live session: Presentation by groups and discussion of group work - 2 breakout rooms
 
Day 3: Data Documentation and Sharing (Tuesday, June 1, 2021) 
 
11:00-11:15 - Checking in
11:15-13:00 - Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with instructors)
Data documentation in the social sciences
Codebooks & Readme files
Codefiles & metadata
Assignment: Reviewing data documentation and generating metadata
13:00-14:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignment - 2 breakout rooms
14:00-16:00 Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with the intructors)
Packaging data materials for sharing: The TIER Protocol
Sharing data: The ACSS Dataverse
Data citation
Data licensing and data use agreements
Assignment: Share dataset in the ACSS Dataverse
16:00-17:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignment, feedback and farewell
 
Day 4 - Optional: Quantitative data preparation and transformation (Sunday, June 6, 2021) 
 
11:00-11:30 - Welcome back and Checking in - Armin Straube
11:30-13:00 - Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with instructors)
Tidy data
Formatting data tables in spreadsheets
Assignment: Spotting formatting problems
13:00-14:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignment - 2 breakout rooms
14:00-16:00 Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with the intructors)
Dates as data
Quality assurance and data export
Assignment: Trying quality assurance options
16:00-17:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignments - 2 breakout rooms
 

Day 5 - Optional: Quantitative data cleaning (Monday, June 7, 2021) 

11:00-11:15 - Checking in 
11:15-13:00 - Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with instructors)
Working with OpenRefine
Filtering and sorting with OpenRefine
Assignment: Exercises in filtering, sorting and basic analysis
13:00-14:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignment - 2 breakout rooms
14:00-16:00 Individual learning with instructional videos*
(with jump in question and answer sessions with the intructors)
Examing numbers in OpenRefine
Using scripts in OpenRefine
Exporting and saving data from OpenRefine
Assignment: Exercises with script
16:00-17:00 - Live session: Discussion of assignments - 2 breakout rooms

 

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of an Arab League member state or nationals of an Arab country (defined as long-term residents, even if they do not hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents)
  • Reside in the Arab region.
  • Have at least intermediate level proficiency in English, as the workshop will be conducted in English
  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree in social science or related field (Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, etc) or Bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience in social science data.

Application Process and Selection

  • Applicants are required apply online through this link: https://acss.grantplatform.com/.
  • Please select English when completing your registration on the system.
  • Click on ‘Start application’
  • Under ‘Chapter’, click on ‘ACSS/Odum training workshop’ then click on ‘Save + next’ and fill out all the fields.
    • Attach your CV/Resume and cover letter (200 words maximum).
    • It is important to specify if, in addition to the May 30 to June 1 workshop, you are interested in joining the optional workshop on June 6 and 7.
  • When done, click on ‘Submit application’.

Application deadline is Thursday, April 22, 2021, 11:00 pm (Beirut time)

The selection committee is comprised of staff members from ACSS and faculty of the Odum Institute who will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of current position
  • Academic qualifications
  • Language proficiency

By submitting the electronic application, applicants affirm that they agree, without any objections, to the evaluation and selection results as decided and announced by the selection committee and ACSS. All decisions made by the selection committee are final.

Accepted Applicants

Accepted applicants are expected to:

  • Provide their own computer with internet access and spreadsheet software (Excel, Google Sheets, Libreoffice Calc etc.), have or are able to install the free software OpenRefine, and download the exercise dataset in advance.
  • Participate in online activities on Moodle and upload evidence of their completion of assignments
  • Participate fully and attend all sessions of the workshop

Please direct any queries to assm@theacss.org noting “ACSS/Odum online training” in the subject line.

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About the Arab Council for the Social Sciences

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is a regional, independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. The ACSS works across the Arab region as well as globally. It aims to promote and support the social sciences throughout the 22 countries in the Arab region by providing funding, training, mentorship, publications and networking opportunities. It seeks to achieve this objective by promoting quality research in the region; establishing networks of knowledge production; enhancing research collaborations regionally, cross-regionally and globally; disseminating, validating and utilizing the produced knowledge; and providing a model for academic excellence and professional standards in the region. For more information, please visit http://www.theacss.org.

About the Odum Institute

Founded in 1924, the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in the Social Sciences supports the social science teaching and research mission at UNC. The Institute provides a range of consulting services on quantitative and qualitative methods, GIS and spatial analysis, survey research, and data management. Odum offers workshops, summer courses, and a graduate certificate program. For more information, please visit http://odum.unc.edu.

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill, founded in 1789 as the first public university in the United States, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the University offers 78 Bachelor’s, 112 Master’s, 68 Doctorate and seven professional degree programs. For more information, please visit http://www.unc.edu.