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Pacific Northwest Programs

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) conducted a Needs Assessment in April/May 2017, focusing on respondents’ responses to questions about which types of assistance and programs related to data would be the most useful. Read the full Needs Assessment report...

2018 Proposals Funded by the PNR

Washington State University-Spokane Academic Library was funded to create a data visualization lab to improve the value of research produced by students, faculty, and staff at WSU Spokane. The data visualization lab will allow people involved in research to learn about data visualization software through 10 hands-on workshops and data consultations upon request. The lab will have drop-in hours to allow researchers to explore and practice data visualization techniques. With these activities, the expected outcomes include improved use of data visualization software to increase the visibility and value of WSU research to the university and the community.  
Montana State University Libraries was funded to develop and administer workshops that raise the computational competencies of undergraduate and graduate students, specifically addressing skills necessary to succeed in data-intensive scientific research. This suite of workshops will provide students at Montana State University (MSU) with a basic understanding of coding, with introductions to data processing, visualization, and analysis. Introductory and intermediate R workshops will be offered at the beginning of each semester. Workshops on data visualization in R and data wrangling in R will be developing in Fall 2018 and offered in Spring 2019. In order to broaden the impact of these workshops to a wider audience, curriculum materials and workshop recordings will be published with Creative Commons licenses in MSU ScholarWorks, MSU’s open access institutional repository; the MSU ScholarWorks links will be further distributed via a landing page on the Library website, designed by MSU Creative Services.


2017 Proposals Funded by the PNR

Inland Northwest Health Science Libraries was funded to bring the Association of College & Research Libraries Workshop, “Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work” to Spokane, Washington on April 10, 2017.  With collaboration by libraries from Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, the workshop successfully attracted regional academic and hospital librarians that seek to provide data management assistance to expanding medical programs and researchers serving rural populations.
Oregon Health Sciences University was funded to create and offer a Data Science Institute for Researchers, Librarians, and Information Specialists.  The Institute brought "together researchers, librarians and information specialists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and northern California for a formal training on key topics in data science. The program organizers worked with subject-matter experts to provide face-to-face, interactive instruction over a three-day workshop. The learning objectives for the training increased awareness of key skills in data science and how these can be applied to the participant’s own daily practices, such as research or serving patrons; to increase confidence with using data science techniques; and, to increase the ability of participants to use or apply data science techniques in problems outlined in the course.” The Institute was offered from November 6th - 8th, 2017 and was very successful!

Past Classes - Recordings Available

PNR Rendezvous: Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere
A look at the development of freely available, online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science by a research team at Oregon Health & Science University.

A Rendez-vous with Data
Three librarians share their experiences developing and providing unique data services in academic medical settings: Erin Foster from Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lily Medical Library; Ariel Deardorff from the UCSF Library; and Kevin Read from the NYU Health Sciences Library.

Calling BS in the Age of Big Data
Jevin West, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's iSchool, discusses common pitfalls around information visualization, examing different ways that information can be misrepresented with figures and graphs. The discussion builds upon several lectures given in his Calling BS class at the UW.

Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets
Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services at the University of Washington, discusses the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets.

Data Management LibGuides
There are a growing number of national and international data management  resources for both librarians and researchers available online. Below is a list of the data management website pages and library guides provided by several of our regional members. It you don't see yours here, please let us know!
Boise State University, Data Management (link is external)
Northwest Nazarene University (link is external)
University of Idaho, Data and Digital Services (link is external)
Montana State University, Data Services (link is external)
Oregon Health and Sciences University, Data (link is external)
Oregon State University, Research Data Services (link is external)
Portland State University, Manage Your Research Data (link is external)
University of Oregon, Research Data Management (link is external)
Willamette University, Data Management (link is external)
University of Puget Sound, Data Management Plans (link is external)
University of Washington, Data Resources (link is external)
University of Washington, Data Resources in the Health Sciences (link is external)
Washington State University, Biomedical Research Data Management

Washington State University, Data Management Plans
Regional Organizations
University of Washington, Institute of Translation Health Sciences (ITHS) 
Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)