Love Your Data (LYD) Week - Day 1 of 5: Why data stories?

January 31, 2018

While sharing research results with one’s identified discipline(s) is crucial for advancing specific studies, communicating scientific discoveries outside of one’s immediate science community could often bring major breakthroughs beyond the initial designs or intends of the original research. In particular, allowing the public to understand and even participate in science could help promote support for science, including the development of new policies, funds, and education programs.

Among the different options for communicating science, using data to tell a story or telling a story that is backed up by data can help a scientific issue to become more personal and relatable, and therefore, more actionable. In order to begin telling a data story, however, one needs to know what data are available, and data management is a vital method for organizing data and allowing data to be preserved for use/re-use.

The Digital Asset Services Hub (DASH) offers a variety of data management services, including the DMP Preparation Guidance and Template Document and DMP Checklist for Awarded Proposals. The Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator could also help in providing consultation for data management questions or issues. Please contact us at datahelp@ucar.edu if you are interested in learning more.

Stay tuned for the Day 2 post, “Stories about data”!