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Data Collection and Analysis

Data Set Reference Services

While many research teams generate their own data, it is also common for researchers to analyze or incorporate existing data sets.This is particularly the case in disciplines such as the social sciences, within which established repositories like the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/landing.jsp) maintain significant collections of longitudinal, long term series data (for example the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health  at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/series/234).

For those faulty whose research requires the discovery and acquisition of externally produced data sets, our data librarians and subject specialists are available to assist with:

  • Identifying, selecting and accessing data from institutional and domain specific repositories.
  • Data set citation formats and standards.
  • Training for online analysis and extraction tools such as the US Census Bureau's DataFerrett (http://dataferrett.census.gov/).

Workflow and File Management Support

Trends in collaborative research methods, distributed file storage and data sharing requirements have resulted in a need for data collection and analysis workflows that are scalable, well documented and sustainable over the long term. Additionally, project methods and documentation should be robust enough to address risks including technical and human failures: File formats become obsolete over time, as does hardware. Project team members may be reassigned or retire

We provide workshops and consultations to assist researchers in developing workflows that enhance potential for data sharing and collaboration while mitigating the risks associated with technical failures, software and format obsolescence and disruptions in available human resources. Workshops can be held in the library or at your department, with topics covering:

  • File and directory naming conventions and schema.
  • File types and formats for sharing and preservation.
  • Batch processing methods and scripting for Unix and Windows.
  • Secure backup strategies and version control.

Storage Capabilities

Advances in hardware and software capabilities have enabled researchers to generate and analyze data at an ever increasing scale, which in turn has resulted in a growing need for persistent, secure storage. As part of the University Libraries' commitment to data sharing and publication, we are pleased to offer live data hosting to faculty researchers. For information about current availability of live or archival data storage, please contact any of the subject specialists below. If no data librarian for your subject area is listed, please contact Jon Wheeler at (505) 277-1687 or via email at jwheel01@unm.edu.

Dan Barkley
(Political Science & Government Information)

Karl Benedict
(Geography & Earth Sciences)

Todd Quinn
(Business & Economics)