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Love Data Week: Feb 14-18

January 19, 2022 Love Data Week is an international celebration of all things data, scheduled annually in the week of Valentine's Day. Click to see the full week of events offered by the libraries at UBC, SFU, UNBC, and UVic.

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TLEF grant funding ends, impacts continue for years to come

September 3, 2021 Read about and check out the innovative content created by the UBC LIbrary Research Commons Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs).

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September 3, 2021 Click the image to register for the Research Data Management - Fall Series 2021 - workshops.

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GIS Day November 17, 2021, Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals – GIS Day 2021

September 1, 2021 Be an integral part of GIS Day 2021 - Be a presenter! Click image to submit proposal.

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New open source data-confirmation utility: damage (data manifest generator)

June 21, 2021 Paul Lesack, our multitalented Data/GIS Analyst in the UBC Library Research Commons, recently created a data manifest generator called damage that helps to verify the integrity of downloaded datasets. Damage is an open-source utility for both Mac and Windows with associated Python libraries for many different systems. This utility was created to assist the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), which is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada.  The purpose of the damage utility is to create standardized documents which definitively describe the contents of data sets. Users can confirm with confidence that what they have […]

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dryad2dataverse

UBC Library Research Commons launches new software pipeline to connect Dryad to Dataverse

June 3, 2021 In the research world, data sharing is more important than ever. With more data created daily, it gets harder to find—information is scattered everywhere, instead of being in one place. UBC’s primary research data repository is located at Scholars Portal Dataverse. While it contains a large portion of UBC’s research data output, it doesn’t capture […]

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The UBC Library Research Commons integrates open-source data discovery tool Geodisy with Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)

May 25, 2021 The UBC Library Research Commons has released a major update to the open-source data discovery tool Geodisy, expanding the content collection available for search to include more than 86,000 records from over 70 Canadian research data repositories, through an integration with the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) Discovery Portal.

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Collaboration with Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)

May 12, 2021 The Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) is a 9 –month, interdisciplinary Masters program at UBC, which culminates in the completion of capstone projects by the students. Students learn to use and apply geospatial tools for planning, development, and management. They also evaluate programs designed for protecting and regulating natural habitats and renewable natural resources. During their studies, the UBC Library provides support for student learning and research in innovative […]

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Research Commons, We are hiring, UBC Library

Join the Research Commons team

March 15, 2021 The UBC Library Research Commons is currently seeking to hire as part of a TLEF grant, developing reusable technology workshops to enhance digital literacy. In return, we offer a supportive learning environment where you will use and grow your skill set. TLEF positions: Developing reusable technology workshops to enhance digital literacy Requirements: Graduate student or […]

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