Before effective data analysis comes the data wrangling stage: cleaning, organising, formatting, and documenting so that visualisation and computational techniques can be applied and produce additional insights.
Clean, well-organised data is a benefit no matter what research methodology is used. Qualitative and quantitative datasets and everything in between, are more valuable for future re-use and citation if they are documented, consistently formatted, and reproducible.
There are many opportunities for researchers to increase data wrangling capabilities, from self-paced to facilitated group learning.
Self-paced online learning
- LinkedIn Learning: available to staff through Staff Online > MyCareer Online > Browse Learning.
- The School of Data: free online learning modules.
- GetTheData: ask and answer data related questions.
- The Quartz Guide to Bad Data: data problems and suggestions for solving them.
- Search Digital Research Skills Australasia (DReSA) for training materials.
Facilitated group learning
- Visit the Research Calendar to see online training for Western researchers provided by Intersect.
- Drop in for Research Hour: a monthly online meet up where you can seek input from Library, ITDS, and Research Services staff.
- Browse the Digital Research Skills Australasia (DReSA) Events Calendar for external opportunities.