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Data & Donuts

Current Semester Schedule

Data & Donuts is a workshop series organized each semester by the UT Libraries Research Data Services team. Instructors from UT Libraries and partners across campus share expert advice, resources, and tools that will help you take good care of your data through all phases of the research lifecyle, from project planning to data preservation.

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donut graphicWorkshops on select Fridays at 12pm via Zoom*
*see individual Zoom links for each workshop below

Please consider attending the upcoming workshops below. If you are interested in presentation slides, Zoom recordings, and other materials from past events you can access these resources at
Spring 2023
Facilitating Research Data Management with SQL and NoSQL Databases
Instructor: Michael Shensky
Date: 1/13/2023 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 - 1:15p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Recording: Watch in Zoom
Downloads: Presentation Slides
Downloads: Google Colab Script
Storing research data in a database can help researchers explore their data with queries, facilitate collaboration, improve data security, and ensure data integrity. This workshop will explore the differences between relational, graph, and document databases to showcase how researchers can make use of the functionality they offer for managing data. These database models will be explored through examples involving queries with SQL and Cypher, use of Google Colab and Python for managing databases, and data visualization with graphs.
Data Management Best Practices
Instructors: Meryl Brodsky &
Hannah Chapman Tripp
Date: 1/20/2023 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 - 1:15p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Recording: Watch in Zoom
Downloads: Presentation Slides
Learning and adopting a few good habits can go a long way in managing your data. In this introductory workshop on data management concepts, you will learn about the many resources available at UT to help manage your data as well as best practices and tips for managing data. This workshop will be a lecture with interactive components; come with your questions.
Intro to Tableau
Instructor: Andrea Cato
Date: 1/27/2023 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 - 1:15p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Recording: Watch in Zoom
Downloads: Tableau Dashboard
Tableau is a data visualization tool built around the philosophy that users should be able to build useful, beautiful charts quickly and easily. In this workshop we will cover how to connect to data, build several chart types, and publish dashboards to share. Before this session, please request and install a free student license for Tableau Desktop or download and install Tableau Public.

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