The Research Commons team held a professional development event last week for Ohio State University Libraries employees to explore the robust research support services offered in the Research Commons. The event, coined the Collaboratory, began with introductions of the new Research Commons staff including Sharon Sadvari as the Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, Inal Elbeyli as the Research Commons Developer, and Lee-Arng Chang as the Data Visualization Specialist. The morning session included an overview of how the Research Commons services and spaces are being used by Ohio State faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, a synopsis of the Digital Humanities Environmental Scan for Ohio State, and a presentation on the expanding services offered regarding data management. After lunch, participants attended mini workshops focused on data management and visualization, digital humanities, research impact, and geographic information systems (GIS). Lasting twenty-five minutes each, these quick sessions provided basic information on the skills and tools used by our specialists to aide researchers at Ohio State. Activities included demonstrations of ArcGIS Story Maps, text mining, data management bingo, and digital humanities tools Scalar, Omeka, and Voyant. Participants also had the opportunity to explore some of the Research Commons specialized technology including the digital whiteboards and interactive table. At the end of the Collaboratory, Ohio State University Libraries faculty and staff learned about the vast support services available to Ohio State researchers through the Research Commons. 

Ohio State Librarians play Data Management Bingo.