Data Collection and Management

LAS 6292

Days: Fridays
Times: 12:50 – 3:50 pm
Location: Grinter Hall 376

Course description

This course is for graduate students from any discipline – social sciences, humanities, biophysical sciences – and at all stages of their graduate program. It is an introduction to methods for collecting, organizing, managing, and visualizing both qualitative and quantitative data. Students will gain hands-on experience with best practices and tools; at the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of research data;
  • Explain the need for and benefits of data management and sharing;
  • Describe and implement best practices for the collection, storage, management, archiving, and sharing of research data;
  • Find, download, and analyze publicly available data from repositories;
  • Carry out simple and reproducible manipulations and visualizations of datasets;
  • Describe public policies and agency requirements for data management and sharing;
  • Articulate the major legal and ethical considerations regarding the collection, use, and storage of research data (e.g., privacy/human subjects, intellectual property);
  • Create and Implement and a Data Management Plan;
  • Identify and properly use tools and techniques for more efficient and secure data collection in the field.

All students will work with real data sets — ideally their own — and prepare a data collection and management plan for their own research projects. They will also prepare the tools for data collection and storage during their coming field season.

Emilio Bruna Small   Professor
Emilio M. Bruna
Director, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute
Professor, Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Tel: 352-846-0634

Research Interests
Science and Science Policy in Latin America, Bibliometrics/Scientometrics, Tropical conservation and ecology, Statistics and Data Management for Latin American Studies.

Geographic Expertise
Brazil (Amazonia, Cerrado)