Since my last post in June, so much has happened it’s difficult to know where to start. But I need to start somewhere, so I’m going to begin by outlining the things that I will be posting about in the next week or so:
- Data Literacy Research Study Design and the Time Consuming Mess that is Completing an IRB Protocol (… will need a shorter title)
- Using REDCap to manage a Systematic Review Service (Actually happening finally! Woot! See my past post about REDCap for details)
- New project: Researcher Needs and Navigating Data-Related Institutional and Funder Policies (Waaaay more challenging than I originally expected)
- I entered a data visualization into an art show? (Vis having to do with contradictory language in biomedical publication abstracts)
- Applying for my first grant (Easier than originally expected)
- I wrote this thing on databases and spreadsheets for the eScience Portal for Librarians back in July (consider this your update)
- And a friend and fellow IRDL Scholar (Chris Eaker) and I co-wrote a post to the same blog about our experience with the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship
This post though, I hereby dedicate to the aversion to blogging that I developed after completing my research training in LA. I was doing so much writing and drafting there and had so much more to do when I got back, that the very idea of writing a post for my blog made me laugh. I also recently moved (stressful) to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and have been spending a lot of my spare time swimming in the ocean and trying to work on my work-life balance (it’s really important!). I love the area and am loving the now deserted beaches even more :)
I’m learning though by looking at the backlog I’ve developed that the writing would have been time well-spent. I know that writing out what I’ve been doing helps me reflect and more clearly think through next steps, but I’m still learning how to keep myself disciplined in writing.
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