Various fields of study each have their own data types, templates, and collection methods, but many of the resources and best practices remain the same. Data accumulation is the first step in the circle of Research Data, from accumulation to processing to analysis.
The Office of Campus Research Cores’ Resource Directory connects researchers to campus resources that facilitate the accumulation of data. Some of the resources that may be helpful with this are the Chemistry department, Skin Disease Research Center, UW Survey Center, among others. Most of these resources offer equipment or lab space for researchers to use.
Research Data Services offers consultations about tools for collaborating and sharing data, including best practices for organization and file naming. Read about their data sharing essentials.
UW-Madison has agreements with the following service providers to allow UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, and researchers access to the following:
There is a comparison chart available that compares different features of the following collaboration tools: UW-Madison Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive.
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) maintains a page to help determine which data management tool to use with clinical studies.
If you need to recover analog or digital data from obsolete or deteriorating media, contact Recovering Analog and Digital Data (RADD).
Version Control Systems record changes to a file or set of files over time so that you can recall specific versions later. Centralized Version Control Systems allowed multiple people to work from the same data on one server. Distributed Version Control Systems allow separate groups of people to simultaneously access projects from fully mirrored repositories.
GIT (available as either a local install or on GitHub), Subversion (SVN), and Mercurial are free, open-source, and widely used. An incredibly detailed overview chart of available software can be found on Wikipedia.
Lynda.com offers version control tutorials both in general and with GIT. Software Carpentry offeres tutorials on GIT.
Available to all faculty, staff, and students, the Qualtrics Survey Hosting Center allows the campus community to easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports. The UW Survey Center can help you design and implement all components of a survey including report writing and analysis.
Amazon Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing internet marketplace, provides access to workers that can help to complete work, feedback, or surveys on an as-needed basis.
The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (UWDC) provides access to rare or fragile items of broad research value.
The Internet Scout research team develops tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.
The UW-Madison Libraries Research Guides provides references and information on a myriad of research topics.
The Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) offers different services through the Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core (ECPC) and the Cell Culture Core.
The Discovery Shared Research Equipment (SHARE) allows researchers to try out the latest in scientific equipment on loan to the teaching labs from various companies.
The University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center (UWBC) offers state-of-the-art research services including DNA synthesis and sequencing, peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, and a transgenic facility.
Does your data need to be manipulated, processed, or reorganized in order to successfully analyze or visualize it?
The Directory of Resources for Researchers, maintained by the Office of Campus Research Cores, connects researchers to campus resources that facilitate the processing of data. The UW Survey Center can help with this. Many of the resources included in the directory offer training or lab space for researchers to use.
Building on the information provided in Initiate: Plan Computing Environment on finding or developing software, planning your computing infrastructure, and accessing large scale computing, there are several resources on campus to help you prepare your raw data for analysis. If you have questions about campus research computing resources, please contact your Research Computing Facilitator.
Building on the resources discussed above and in Initiate: Plan Computing Environment, once you have your data gathered, stored, and initially processed, interpreting your data and visually communicating the information as clearly as possible is the next step in the circle of Research Data.
TheDirectory of Resources for Researchers connects researchers to campus resources that facilitate the visualization and analysis of data. The Skin Disease Research Center and the UW Survey Center may be useful resources. Many of the resources included in the directory offer equipment or lab space for researchers to use.
In addition to providing consultations and training, Research Data Services (RDS) has also developed an overview and software short list.
The Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Core of Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) assists with large-scale -omics analysis and interpretation, including developing new methods as needed. The imaging informatics group offers a range of software tools to analyze and interpret medical imaging data.
The Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) offers access through the Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core (ECPC) to inForm® Tissue Finder™, an advanced image analysis software.
OMICtools is a catalog of over 11,000 software packages that are useful for analyzing -omic data. It is designed to help experimental researchers, clinicians, developers, and funding agencies.
The Living Environments Laboratory (LEL) seeks out collaborators from across the UW-Madison who share an affinity for incorporating 3D design, visualization, and virtual reality environments into research. Their Spaces, Equipment, and Technology facilitate this type of visualization.
Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Production Services from Wisconsin Public Television helps visualize data and communicate research to both general and specialized audiences through 3-D modelling and animation, illustration and graphic design.
Each of the resources that help you create custom software, listed on the right for convenient access, could be useful in creating scripts and tools to analyze and visualize your data. Most of the resources who help accumulate data can also offer guidance on how to analyze it.
Throughout the duration of your grant, your funding agency will require you to periodically report your findings and financial progress.
You will work with your Grant Administrator and RSP (Research and Sponsored Programs) to report spending, grant modifications, and other finance related items throughout the course of the grant. RSP offers various websites and tools to assist you.
The effort of each person paid on a research project must be certified through ECRT; some individuals will use the ECRT (the Effort Reporting Tool) to certify their own effort, while others must be certified by the PI. Online training for effort reporting is available through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Portal.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Education (VCRGE) provides the PI Portal, a dashboard and on-ramp for all research administration and compliance.
All federal grants now follow the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).
Note: Although Fastlane can no longer be used to submit progress reports through the National Science Foundation (NSF), PIs can still use Fastlane to communicate with the NSF throughout the course of the project.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center offers individual help, workshops, and online resources for all students including graduate and professional students. Individual help can be specifically tailored to ensure clear communication and reporting of findings.