Information Management

Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract

The Data CAVE: Developing a Multifunctional Space for Research Data Services and Instruction

Monday, May 6
5:30 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In two years, an academic library worked to develop research data services focused on the provision of expertise around data analysis and visualization as well as data management support. Infrastructure that arose around these services includes a popular workshop series offered each semester, an institutional data repository, data management guidelines, data portal with information on all available resources and services created by a team of staff from across the larger institution. To expand these services, an effort began toward the creation of a physical space that had multiple functions – instruction, consultations, and open lab for software and hardware access.

Description : This lightning talk will give a quick look into the implementation and use of the Center for Data Creation, Analysis, Visualization, and Exploration – or the Data CAVE. The Data CAVE provides multi-use furniture and hardware, with rolling tables, chairs, and screens allowing. It is also outfitted with computers with a special image with software for data exploration and reporting as well as varying processing power, all of which are higher than those offered for general use on campus. The Data CAVE has hours in which staff provide support for users learning new techniques or new programs. The presenter will give information about what is present in the space, tips about how to plan a space for libraries of varying sizes and budgets, as well as successes and lessons learned.

Conclusion : At the time the abstract was written, the Data CAVE had recently opened, and we planned data science workshops, hands-on sessions around tools (programming languages and ArcGIS), and a hackathon for Open Data Day to test the functionality of the space, including the physical arrangement and available hardware and software. The presenter will provide the outcomes of these events and how well they worked in the space as well as barriers that were faced, obstacles that were overcome, and conclusions that come from these events.


Peace Ossom Williamson, AHIP

Director of Research Data Services
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas

Peace Ossom-Williamson, MLS, MS, AHIP, is the Director of Research Data Services at The University of Texas at Arlington. As an informationist and health educator, she has expertise in the provision of medical library services. In her current role, she leads a team providing services around use of research data, including data management, data visualization, and use of data analysis tools.


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