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Data Management... in Writing Studies? A Case Study of Collaboration and Outreach

Presenter 1
Alicia Hofelich Mohr
University of Minnesota
Presenter 2
Alice Motes
University of Minnesota

Graduate students, especially those who are beginning to learn the methods of their fields, are ideal targets for data management education, as they can integrate best practices into their developing research workflows. However, with the diversity of methods and research data being managed, it can be challenging to effectively reach students with a single workshop or series. At the University of Minnesota, we tried to customize our outreach to graduate students by targeting instructors of graduate methods courses. This was a collaborative effort between the Libraries and College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and we approached this outreach with a diverse team of support staff: a data curator with qualitative expertise, a data manager with quantitative expertise, and library liaisons from different areas. We successfully reached five courses within CLA, in the departments of statistics, journalism, communication, and writing studies. This presentation will discuss this effort, along with the surprisingly in-depth collaboration developed with a technical communication course in writing studies. It will also cover takeaways from this experience, such as the benefits of having both qualitative and quantitative viewpoints on a data management task, and how this experience will shape our approaches for providing future data management services to the humanities.

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