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Get to Know Your Data Specialists for Love Data Week

February 10, 2020

February 10 through 14 is Love Data Week, and this year's celebration is all about getting to know your data specialists. We have several librarians across the university who specialize in working with different types of data, so read on to learn how they can help you with all of your data needs.

Have you worked with one of our experts on a data-related project? Show them some love on social media with the hashtag #lovedata20.

Francesca Giannetti (@jo_frankie)

Who are you?
I am Francesca Giannetti, the digital humanities librarian at Rutgers–New Brunswick, and subject liaison to the Departments of Classics, French, and Italian, and the Program in Comparative Literature.

What are your areas of expertise?
In my digital humanities work, my areas of expertise include humanistic applications of XML technologies such as text and music encoding, statistical programming in R for data and text analysis, and geographic information systems for narrative and thematic mapping.

How can you help people with their research data?
I can help you with taking a data-driven approach to the study of cultural and historical texts and events, whether that involves mapping the references to places in a novel, visualizing historic demographic data, curating and preserving humanistic datasets, or creating an online edition of a text or piece of music.

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Laura Palumbo (@LauraBPalumbo)

Who are you?
I’m Laura Palumbo, the physical sciences librarian and science data specialist for the New Brunswick Libraries. I am the liaison to the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics and Astronomy, and Earth and Planetary Sciences. I provide guidance on information resources and research, and instruction in information literacy and data management. I’m the team leader of the Research Data Services Team in New Brunswick.

What are your areas of expertise?
I’m knowledgeable about the data management requirements of funding agencies, including metadata, data repositories, data management tools and platforms, and policies and best practices for data sharing. I have experience in instruction, and have organized workshops in these areas for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and librarians. I am a presenter of the ACRL Roadshow on Research Data Management for liaison librarians across the country.

How can you help people with their research data?
I can advise on data management plan requirements for your project and find appropriate data repositories for your data. I can provide you with resources and guidance on data management tools and electronic lab notebooks. I’m happy to provide instruction or organize a workshop on data management plans and practices for your students, your lab group, your department, or other Rutgers organization.

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Jonathan M. Torres (@JonathanMLIS)

Who are you?
My name is Jonathan M. Torres. I am a business librarian at John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers–Newark.

What are your areas of expertise?
My areas of expertise are business, economics, and entrepreneurial and start-up research.

How can you help people with their research data?
I can help researchers with business data platforms including Bloomberg, S&P Capital IQ, and Refinitiv Thomson ONE and Datastream. I can also provide support for data visualization tools like Tableau and Microsoft BI.

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Ryan Womack (@ryandata)

Who are you?
I am Ryan Womack, data librarian for the New Brunswick Libraries and liaison to the Departments of Economics (School of Arts and Sciences) and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (School of Environmental and Biological Sciences).

What are your areas of expertise?
I am knowledgeable about data sources across social science disciplines and beyond, particularly data archives both in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, I have extensive experience with government data resources (U.S. and international). I have expertise in statistics, statistical software, and various topics in data science.

How can you help people with their research data?
I can help you locate relevant data for your research project across the disciplines. I can help you learn and use statistical software tools such as R for data analysis, data wrangling, and data visualization. I am also happy to discuss statistical methods and approaches to data management including reproducible research, and how these concepts can be applied to your research.

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Yingting Zhang (@inforocks)

Who are you?
I am Yingting Zhang, research services librarian at Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences. I provide information, education, and research services to RBHS faculty, students, and staff mainly in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

What are your areas of expertise?
My service areas include health sciences information and knowledge management, research support in complying with federal agencies' public access policies, using appropriate tools to create NIH biosketches and develop data management plans for NIH grant applications, consulting and collaborating on systematic or scoping reviews, citation management, ORCID@Rutgers, research metrics and impact, research networking tools, scholarly publishing, faculty publications, and more. I am also a liaison to the School of Public Health and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

How can you help people with their research data?
I can help researchers develop data management plans using DMPTool or other appropriate tools, identify and comply with funders’ or publishers’ data sharing policies, and locate appropriate repositories for data sharing and preservation.

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