Are you having problems with data that has accumulated on your hard drive? Does your folder structure or file naming system need updating? Data Cleaning Week 16–20 December aims to draw attention to good data management routines and its benefits. In this blog article, you can read about UH staff’s data cleaning challenges and consider what your own challenge might be. All UH researchers, staff members and students can participate in the Data Cleaning Week on Twitter by using the hashtag #5sdata.
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The Data Cleaning Week, organized by University of Helsinki Data Support, has started. The following UH researchers and staff members have already challenged themselves and their colleagues:
- Researcher Elina Lehtonen challenges expert members from the Helsinki Term Bank for the Arts and Sciences to think more carefully how to store temporary data and how to develop data managing in general (read more about Lehtonen’s challenge & watch the video).
- Researcher Anna-Stiina Suur-Uski challenges Euclid research group’s members to clean their laptops (read more about Suur-Uski’s challenge & watch the video).
- Researcher and doctoral student Aleksi Husso challenges all doctoral students at the University of Helsinki to check the storing solutions and to backup valuable data to another location if necessary (read more about Husso’s challenge & watch the video).
- Researcher and doctoral student Sanja Hakala challenges all her fellow PhD researchers to check out their data management practices and data management planning (read more about Hakala’s challenge).
- Information specialist and researcher Tanja Lindholm challenges Helsinki University Library’s staff members to go through folders and remove all unnecessary files from their computers (read more about Lindholm’s challenge & watch the video).
- Information systems specialist Bess Hardwick challenges herself and REC research centre (Research Centre for Ecological Change) team members to remove unnecessary versions of data and release space on computers (read more about Hardwick’s challenge).
- Teacher and researcher Hanna Välimaa challenges teachers and lecturers from the Faculty of Medicine to clean their desktops, plan their folder structure and remove unnecessary data (read more about Välimaa’s challenge).
Is there challenges that might suit for you? Or do you have your own data cleaning challenge in mind? Take the challenge and participate in the Data Cleaning Week by posting a picture of your cleaning effort to Twitter by using the hashtag #5sdata. The picture can be about folder structure, new file naming system for your group, space created by cleaning – you name it! Remember to challenge your colleagues too!
You can also participate in Data Cleaning Week by sending an email to Data Support: firstname.lastname@example.org. We convey your message through the Think Open blog, Twitter and Helsinki.fi web site.
All Data Cleaning Week related articles and videos are collected on Helsinki.fi web site.