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New Class: Introduction to Data Management, AGRY 598-049

Course Registration Info: “Intro To Data Management” – 17290 – AGRY 59800 – 049,  2 CR

Time: Monday, 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Prerequisites: Enrolled in graduate school and active in research

Instructors: Marianne Stowell Bracke, Associate Professor, Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist

Ronald Turco, Professor, Agronomy

Class Overview: Research in agriculture and related fields is increasingly driven by data.  But, students have not been trained in the most advanced approaches needed to fully utilize these evolving data resources.   Therefore, we are providing a graduate-level class that will allow students to the fully develop an understanding of and skills in, managing data.  In addition to mastering current conceptual approaches in managing, organizing, sharing and curating research data, students will actively participate in addressing real world challenges by developing and working with their own and other research data sets.   Students will benefit from receiving intense, hands-on training in managing data.   

Structure: Classes will meet once a week (Monday) for 2 hours.  Initial class sessions will focus on the nature of the data the students are generating, student responsibilities and actions in developing data sets, and the challenges.  Based in part on the themes that arise from these discussions instructors will then introduce a series of discussion topics and activities pertaining to data management or curation in ways that relate to the student’s own work.  Activities may include developing a data management plan to guide the development of a data set, tools for documenting and describing data well enough so that others could understand and make use of the data, or taking steps to prepare the data for eventual publication and long term preservation.  Each student will work through these issues using the actual data that they are generating in their labs with active consultation from the instructors.  Participating students will also have the advantage of having a student cohort to discuss particular challenges.  Note, this will not just be an academic discussion – students will be required to begin implementing these data management techniques into actual practice.

General Outline:  

  1. Introduction to the Program
  2. Data Management Planning
  3. Data Lifecycle Models
  4. Discovery & Acquisition
  5. Description & Metadata
  6. Data Security & Storage Issues / Description & Metadata (Part 2)
  7. Issues in Copyright & Licensing Data
  8. Description and Metadata (Part 3) / Mid-semester Check-in
  9. Data Sharing / File Naming Conventions
  10. Data Management & Documentation
  11. Data Visualizations
  12. Data Repositories
  13. Data Preservation
  14. Data Publication and Curation
  15. Data Literacy Course Wrap-Up

Contact Information: M.S. Bracke, mbracke@purdue.edu; R.F. Turco, rturco@purdue.edu

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  Factiva, from Dow Jones.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  News, company, and market information.

Start with this hint:  The Factiva link from our list lands on the Search Builder page, which is for an advanced search. Click on Home for a simple search with options for type of source and date. Try typing BP PLC into the search box. As you enter terms a list of filters will appear, such as Companies and Executives. Click on the company. This page will have news about the company. If you go back up to the menu bar and click on News Pages you can see today’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Barron’s. Purdue has a limited numbers of seats for this database. If you cannot access the database that means all of the seats might be in use.

Click here to see the basics of searching Factiva or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: The Companies/Markets tab includes interactive pages for Quotes and Charting, and the Industry reports include a Discovery Pane to narrow by companies, subjects, and sub-industries. Our subscription includes the Dow Jones company reports.


How this will help students:  Factiva is a powerful tool to help students find news reports on a topic.  There are options to browse or to search for a specific subject, and to search international sources.


Cost: $18,705.00 for 8 seats, paid annually by Purdue University Libraries and the Krannert School of Management.



Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/. For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).


Feedback is always welcome. If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.


Nicole Kong, GIS specialist and assistant professor of library science. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)

Purdue students and faculty in all disciplines can benefit from using geographic information systems, or GIS, to visualize and interpret data, and Purdue University Libraries offers vast resources to help them harness this power.

GIS services at Purdue include a wide array of support, from learning the basics about GIS to outlining and creating complex GIS tools for researchers’ specific projects, says Nicole Kong, GIS specialist and assistant professor of library science.

“The usefulness of GIS spans disciplines, from agriculture to engineering to anthropology to art history,” Kong says.

“No matter the subject of a project, there’s a good chance that GIS can help researchers map and organize data so they can better understand relationships, patterns and trends — it can make their research easier as well as help spur new discoveries and ideas.”

GIS resources and knowledge are helpful for students and faculty alike, Kong says. In fact, she partners with faculty in the academic departments to co-teach classes that help students learn how they can use GIS tools to aid their specific needs.

She also offers GIS-related workshops for various groups on campus. Recent workshops have been geared toward faculty and students in the social sciences and toward students affiliated with the Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments Center of Excellence, or VACCINE.

For faculty, Kong often works one-on-one to help them develop GIS solutions to aid their ongoing research.

For example, Kong has worked with researchers in the College of Agriculture, including Darrell Schulze, professor of agronomy, to create GIS tools to develop students’ abilities to use digital maps to learn about soils and landscapes. Normally, that sort of data is housed in mountains of individual paper maps, but the GIS tools help students see and analyze all the data at once.

Another recent project involves Catherine Dossin, associate professor of visual and performing arts, with whom Kong worked to create a GIS tool that shows historical art exhibitions in Europe during a specific time period. The map is searchable by artists’ names, genders or countries of origin as well as the exhibitions’ details, including dates.

All faculty and students are welcome to use the resources housed at the GIS services Web page, Kong says, and Libraries provides the technology and information resources needed for projects.

In addition to tools available now, Libraries is building a geospatial data portal that allows the searching of multiple GIS databases simultaneously. Once it’s ready next year, students and faculty will have much easier access to geospatial information that exists around the world, Kong says.

Further, to continue to spread the word about Purdue’s GIS services, Libraries will hold its seventh annual GIS Day on Nov. 7. Targeted toward Purdue students, faculty and staff, the day will include a keynote speech about using GIS in the humanities. There also will be a career luncheon, where students will learn how to pursue GIS studies as a career and how to incorporate GIS knowledge into careers in other fields.

More information about the upcoming GIS Day is available here.

In the future, GIS services at Purdue will expand, Kong says. The operation will move from its location in Hampton Hall’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Library to the Active Learning Center, which is scheduled for occupancy in August 2017. In addition to all current GIS services, the center will contain a GIS and visualization lab, where students will have convenient physical and virtual spaces to access more GIS learning resources and create their own GIS tools as needed.

More information about current GIS services at Purdue can be found on this Web page. The page details all GIS resources at Purdue, including access codes for free Web-based training modules from Esri, a leading supplier of GIS software and geodatabase management applications.

Questions about GIS services at Purdue should be directed to Kong at geohelp@purdue.edu.

Writer: Amanda Hamon Kunz, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu

(Published from Purdue Today, Oct. 31, 2014 edition, writer Amanda Hamon Kunz)


Purdue University will host its 7th GIS Day Celebration on November 6th and 7th. GIS Day is a global celebration of geospatial research and GIS. Purdue Libraries is working with the GIS Day planning committee, which includes members from different departments, to organize this campus-wide event. GIS Day is a great opportunity to bring together the GIS community on campus, exchange research ideas, update recent development, and invite external speakers to address topics the community are commonly interested at Purdue.

This year’s GIS Day is featured as “GIS across Disciplines”. The College Day program will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in STEW 214.  This program will include invited talks, presentations, student lightning talks, and a poster competition. These events are free and open to the public. The three modules we are planning include: GIS in Humanities and Social Science, GIS resources for everyone, and GIS Careers. In the GIS in Humanities and Social Science module, keynote speaker, Dr. David Bodenhamer, Executive Director of The Polis Center, Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Informatics, IUPUI, will present on the emergence of spatial humanities. In the GIS resources module, Indiana Geographic Information Officer, Jim Sparks, and Executive Director of Indiana Geographic Information Council, Phil Worrall, will give the presentations about statewide GIS resources available for higher education. In the GIS career module, the career lunch panel presentation brings opportunities for students to discuss about career development with potential employers and GIS professionals (RSVP is required).

The complete schedule for GIS Day college program is available at https://stemedhub.org/groups/purduegisday/gisday_2014_college_program.

In addition to the college program, we will host a high school GIS Day program at Purdue on November 6th. This year, two high schools with about 60 students at Indiana will join us for the event. Purdue Libraries is working with Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science Department, Discovery Learning Center, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Geographic Education Network at Indiana, and ITAP in designing age-appropriate activities, to introduce GIS for high school students and teachers. If you are interested to be a volunteer for this program, please fill out the online volunteer form.

GIS Day is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts, College of Agriculture, College of Science, College of Education, College of Technology, the Graduate School and Purdue University Libraries.

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database: ABI/INFORM Global, from ProQuest.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  ABI/INFORM Global is one of the most comprehensive business databases, delivering the content of over 3000 scholarly journals, trade journals, and non-periodicals such as EIU ViewsWire, Business Dissertations, and Business Cases.

Start with this hint: The ProQuest interface begins at the Basic Search which treats your search terms as keywords. You can switch to Advanced Search and narrow your results by limiting to title, subject, or other field. You can also search in combined ProQuest databases by opening the “Searching” list above the ProQuest logo.  If your search results include titles displaying the icon Find It @ Purdue Libraries, click on that icon to see if the article is available in another database.

Click here to see the basics of searching ABI/INFORM Global or try our Guide on the Side with this link.


Why you should know this database: Almost all Parrish Library Subject Guides and classroom instruction sessions include ABI/INFORM Global as a recommended database for articles.


How this will help students:  ABI/INFORM Global gives researchers at all levels easy access to business and financial information, with the capability to narrow the search to scholarly journals, trade publications, or dissertations. Search results can be saved by creating personal folders within the database.


Cost: For information about the Libraries’ subscription, contact Mary Dugan.



Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).


Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.

The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) achieved significant milestones last month, celebrating over 100 open access dataset publications and 100 grants awards to Purdue researchers who have used PURR. In total, PURR has been included in the data management plans of over 1,000 grant proposals from principal investigators at Purdue.

PURR is a virtual collaboration space and institutional data repository that was developed for the campus research community by the Purdue University Libraries, the Office of Executive Vice-President for Research, and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).

It provides a solution for researchers who are writing and implementing data management plans, which are required by many federal funding agencies like the National Science Foundation. PURR also enables researchers to publish datasets with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and archive datasets in a secure, reliable digital repository. PURR also works in collaboration with the other institutional repositories at Purdue and can assist researchers to make both their research data and published scholarship openly available to serve the full spectrum of the Purdue community’s scholarly communication needs.

Any Purdue faculty member, graduate student, or staff can create a project in PURR, invite their collaborators to join it from other institutions, and share storage and tools to facilitate collaboration and data management.


We had eight teams compete this year and all groups showed exemplary case analysis, problem solving, and information literacy. Thank you to all teams competing in the First Annual Parrish Library Case Competition.

Three teams advance to the next round, which is held Friday, 6pm Krannert Auditorium, to complete for first, second and third place.

Teams that advance: K5, Boiler Up, Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies

We strongly encourage the Purdue community to attend the final. The Parrish Library Case Competition was creative to allow students experience a case competition environment, as well as to show exemplary information literacy as they relate to business cases and scenarios.



















With making published scholarship and research open access, how can one see the impact it makes beyond numbers and figures? This also asks the bigger question – Does making my scholarship and research open access actually make a global impact? At Purdue the answer is Yes. Through the Purdue e-Pubs readership activity map, Purdue authors can visually see the global impact their published scholarship and research makes by making their publications open access through the Purdue e-Pubs institutional document repository.

Built upon a Google maps platform, the readership activity map is a real-time visualization of full-text COUNTER compliant downloads happening from around the globe. Users who visit Purdue e-Pubs are greeted with the map from the repository’s homepage. After a short introduction the pins begin populating the map every time a download appears. The map informs users where the reader is located (city, state, country), the publication that was downloaded, and the series or collection the publication came from. Users also have the ability to click on a previously dropped pin to see the same information on that download. The map also informs users how many real-time full-text downloads have occurred since the map began playing through its time stamped download counter. Additionally, the map highlights the total number of papers, downloads, and the number of downloads in the past year from within the repository.

No matter the time of day, users are downloading documents from Purdue e-Pubs. “It could be the middle of the afternoon on Purdue’s campus, yet evening in Europe or the middle of the night in China, and downloads from readers are still happening in those locations. It’s mesmerizing to see the “pins” populating the map,” says Purdue University Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins. “The Purdue e-Pubs readership activity map effectively highlights the global impact Purdue makes through its support of open access.”

For more information about the Purdue e-Pubs repository, readership activity map, or adding your previously published scholarship and research to the repository, please contact Dave Scherer, scholarly repository specialist, at 765-494-8511 or dscherer@purdue.edu.


This week marks the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access week is a week-long global opportunity for the academic community to learn about the benefits of open access. Open access is the free immediate online access to the results of scholarly research and analysis. With so many groundbreaking discoveries and research findings occurring at Purdue University, there is one place on campus providing free global online access to this scholarship — the Purdue e-Pubs institutional document repository.  Continuing on its steady record pace, Purdue e-Pubs recently surpassed 8.0 million downloads and 40,000 objects.

These 40,000 objects have been critical to Purdue e-Pubs’ mission, to serve Purdue’s campus community by providing free global online access to Purdue scholarship and research. To date, every college on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has a presence in the repository. Purdue e-Pubs continues to be a central place on campus advancing the impact of scholarship at the global, national and local level. Purdue University Libraries began providing the Purdue e-Pubs service to the campus community in 2006 as a means to openly share research and scholarship in a stable, open, and citable format.

Measuring and reporting impact is an important part of the Purdue e-Pubs service model.  As well as having all content indexed in Google Scholar, Purdue e-Pubs uses Google Analytics to gather qualitative information. The repository also issues automatic monthly download notifications to authors, allowing authors the opportunity to demonstrate the reach of their scholarship, not only to academic colleagues and administrators, but to taxpayers, policymakers, and media outlets.

As the repository continues to garner more downloads and objects, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to consider adding their research and scholarship.  For more information about Purdue e-Pubs and adding additional previously published items, please contact Dave Scherer, scholarly repository specialist, Purdue University Libraries at 765-494-8511 or dscherer@purdue.edu.