Special Events

Qualitative Research in the Age of Transparency (Jul. 23, 2018)

Transparency and reproducibility are becoming standard practices in social science research and, increasingly, requirements for funding and publication. But most requirements and guidelines are written with quantitative research in mind. What does this mean for qualitative researchers? What are some common concerns about the applicability of transparency (or reproducibility) to qualitative research? This lecture provides both a summary of ongoing debates and suggests some ways forward.

About the speaker:

Sebastian Karcher is the Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University. His main research interests are in qualitative data management, curation, and the integration of data tools into scholarly workflows. He is an active contributor to several scholarly open source projects, including Zotero and the Citation Style Language, as well as a founding editor of the emerging Author Carpentry series of lessons. He holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University. Sebastian has published in both social science journals such as International Science Quarterly and Socio-Economic Review and information science journals such as IFLA Journal and Data Science Journal.

GIS for the  Rest of Us (Aug. 9, 2018)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized our ability to visualize and display information connected to locations. Whether you have used Google’s free tools to find aerial photos of your neighborhood, have searched for a friend’s address using the county auditor’s website, or researched the likelihood of your business flooding during a major storm event, GIS tools are at work. This half-day workshop is designed for:

– Researchers from All Disciplines New to GIS
– K-12 Educators
– Informal Educators
– Members of the Non-Profit Community
– Community Members Who Want to Learn More

A team of instructors will provide an overview of GIS and mapping tools from Google, Esri, and Tableau and showcase examples of how GIS can be used for research and education. Breakout sessions will provide training for various levels of experience. 

Workshops and Presentations

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (May 3, 2018)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Collaborative @OSU Grant Writing: An Introduction (May 17, 2018)

This interactive workshop is designed specifically for those OSU scholars—faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers—advancing knowledge on the lives of women and girls of color. This workshop will be facilitated by representatives from the Office of Research and University Foundation Relations. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include: best practices for engaging with sponsors; navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process; drafting a compelling narrative; seeking funding; including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources; and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear. All topics will be geared specifically to research focused on women and girls of color across fields, disciplines and methodological approaches.

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Jun. 7, 2018)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Introduction to Data Visualization (Jun. 12, 2018)

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualizations
  • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.
  • Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.
Citation Management Basics: RefWorks (Jun. 26, 2018)

Are you interested in using citation management software for your next writing project but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about how citation management software can make your life easier when it comes to collecting, organizing, and citing published works? Join Leta Hendricks for an overview on how to use RefWorks. RefWorks is a research management tool that allows users to organize citations and create bibliographies. In this presentation, participants will learn:

  • How to add references manually into a RefWorks account and how to export references from library databases.
  • Save references in different folders according to project or research topic.
  • Create a bibliography in a chosen citation style (APA, MLA, etc.).
Introduction to NVivo (Jun. 29, 2018)

Are you interested in learning about NVivo for qualitative or mixed-methods research? This two-hour workshop will focus on the basics of using NVivo. The workshop will include how to set up a project in NVivo effectively, the basics of coding, as well as the particular terminologies and language specific to NVivo. After this training, participants will be able to understand the terminology and capabilities of NVivo and know how to import and organize materials for analysis in NVivo.

Data Management for Qualitative Research (Jul. 23, 2018)

This hands-on workshop will emphasize the dos and don’ts of data management with a focus on qualitative social science data. The core of this workshop will focus on the data management plan (DMP) and participants will either develop their own DMP or learn how to develop existing DMPs throughout the workshop. The workshop will cover topics throughout the data lifecycle, from planning data management to sharing the data, with a focus on practical, hands-on advice.

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Jul. 24, 2018)

We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include:

  • Best practices for engaging with sponsors
  • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process
  • Drafting a compelling narrative
  • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources
  • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear

Presenters include:

Leanda Rix, Executive Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education

NVivo Intermediate: Visualizing and Exploring Data with NVivo (Jul. 25, 2018)

Are you interested in furthering your skills with NVivo? Building off the Introduction to NVivo training, this workshop will focus on going more in-depth into preparing participants on qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. This workshop focuses on visualizing and exploring your data with NVivo. Additional topics that will be covered include using NVivo for literature reviews, tips for using NVivo collaboratively, and further suggested resources.

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Aug. 1, 2018)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.