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Data management for scientists

October 28th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

All UC Davis scientific researchers are invited to presentations by Dr. Carly Strasser, Project Manager for DCXL (Digital Curation for Excel), UC Curation Center (UC3), California Digital Library to be held next Thursday.  Both morning and afternoon presentation times are scheduled for a talk and optional hands-on session.

Benefit to you: you get an expert eye thinking about your data, spotting potential problems, and streamlining your workflow. Dr. Strasser is also knowledgeable about data management plans (now required for all NSF proposals), data archives available for your use, and best practices for data management.

WHERE: Shields Library, Library Instruction Lab (LIL), Room 165

Talk: “Data management for scientists: how to reduce your workload, reuse your ideas, recycle your data”

In this talk, Dr. Strasser will focus on the common mistakes that scientists make, and how to avoid them. She will cover best practices for data management, which will facilitate data sharing, reuse, and archiving in the future.

WHEN:  Thursday, November 3, 2011
10-11am and repeated at 3-4pm

Hands-on Session: UCD scientists discussing/viewing their data/spreadsheets

Devoted time to ask questions about your data, show Dr. Strasser your spreadsheet(s), and get feedback from others about your organization strategy. Chat with her about your data sharing, reuse, and archiving practices, and how you use Excel. Share tips and tricks with other Davis scientists.  Attendees are invited to bring their own laptops or, if data is available via Web-accessible spreadsheets, 25 workstations for attendees are available with Internet access.

WHEN:  Thursday, November 3, 2011
11am-noon and Repeated at 4-5pm

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

October 28th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for September 2011

The following new titles were published in September.

Open Access Week 2011 events

October 19th, 2011 by

Open Access Week 2011 events at UC Davis
Hosted by the UC Davis Libraries and the Davis Open Science Group
Please join us! Everyone is welcome. Contact Phoebe Ayers, with any questions.


Beyond the Impact Factor: Getting your research noticed in the algorithmic era

  • William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley
  • Tuesday October 25, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Shields Library Instruction Room (2nd floor)

William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, will be talking about alternative metrics for research evaluation. Increasingly, the process of finding research is mediated at some point by an algorithm that sifts through the mountains of data online to deliver to a searcher what they’re looking for. Researchers need to know how to write for the “algorithmic audience” and to understand the multi-dimensional metrics that are increasingly used to find and assess research. How can individual researchers be evaluated using a broader suite of metrics than just impact factor, to get a much more accurate view of what the researchers’ personal impact has been – from citations to software to data to blogs and discussions?
Questions or to RSVP: contact Phoebe Ayers,

“Things I wish I knew three years ago”: Open Science tools

  • Jason Moore, Carl Boettiger, and Luke Peterson
  • Friday, October 28, 12:00pm-1:30pm – with lunch!
  • 1127 Kemper Hall

Hear how UC Davis graduate students are making research more collaborative, blazing new trails on how data and scientific tools are shared, and opening up our research to the world. See how to use social networking tools to increase the impact of your work, and learn approaches that will give you an edge on your research. Find out more about the Davis Open Science group and their innovative approaches to science. Pizza will be provided! Questions or to RSVP: contact Carl Boettiger,


Workshop on Mendeley

  • William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley
  • Tuesday October 25, 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Room 1204, Medical Education Building, Sacramento Health Sciences Campus

The Blaisdell Medical Library is hosting a workshop on Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network. Led by William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley, it will feature a 30-45 minute tutorial, with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, and to come prepared with questions! If you do not already have Mendeley installed on your computer, you may do so from the following location:
Questions or to RSVP: contact Raquel Abad at or 916.734.3870.


“New Directions in Scholarly Communication”

  • Monday, October 24, 10:00am-1:00pm (see below for schedule)
  • Shown in Shields Library Instruction Room (2nd floor)

This webcast features John Wilbanks of Creative Commons, Heather Piwowar of DataONE/Dryad, and Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Wake Forest University. We’ve booked the library instruction room for the whole session; join us for all or part of this webcast! Schedule and further details:

Free Document Delivery Service for Science Faculty Pilot Now Available

October 3rd, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The UC Davis University Library announces a new pilot program that runs from October 3, 2011 through March 31, 2012. This exciting pilot allows current and emeritus UC Davis science faculty members to request – for free – copies of print-only format journal articles and print-only format book chapters housed in four UC Davis library buildings. Additionally, the existing Harvest Request service that allows any student, staff or faculty member to transfer books and bound journals to another library building for pick-up will be expanded for science faculty to include delivery to and from all buildings.

For more information regarding this pilot consult staff at any library public service desk or select the following web page link: