SC CTSI Launches Digital Scholar Webinar Series

The training series introduces health researchers to digital science approaches.

July 25, 2017

The upcoming Digital Scholar Webinar Series will introduce health researchers at USC, CHLA and beyond to digital approaches and tools relevant to their research. The training series will showcase the potential and limitations of digital approaches health researchers need to be aware of.

"Nearly every part of the research process can benefit from digital advances. We will cover a wide range of topics, such as recruiting study participants online, using digital tools to improve a systematic review study, accelerating the dissemination of research results, and launching a crowdfunding campaign," says Katja Reuter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Director of Digital Innovation and Communication at the SC CTSI and founder of the program. "The series is designed to address a gap in the current training of health sciences researchers and to increase the number of scientists at all career stages who are comfortable using digital approaches to enhance their research."


Katja Reuter, PhD

The webinar are open to all interested and will take place online every first Wednesday of each month from 12-1PM, beginning September 6th, 2017. All webinars will be accessible afterward on the Digital Scholar Program page.

Open to all interested
Cost: This event is free of charge.

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Upcoming Digital Scholars webinars in 2018

June 6, 2018 | 12-1 PM PST  

Topic: Introducing Figshare, a Free Repository where Researchers Can Make all of Their Research Outputs Available in a Citable, Shareable and Discoverable Manner

Overview: Scientific research activities generate a large amount of data, with most of it not ending up as part of a publication. Negative results and even perfectly good data often end up in the record files. The withholding of negative publications is a widely known phenomenon that leads to a significant bias, often referred to as the file drawer effect.On the other hand, as government agencies and research funders see the benefit of and require open research content, researchers need a better understanding of the ways in which they can make their research outputs available publicly while getting credit and maintaining ownership. 

Figshare is a free, online digital repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images, and videos. Users can upload files in any format, and items are attributed a Digital Object Identifier. All files are released under a Creative Commons license, CC-BY for most files and CC0 (public domain) for datasets. Figshare also tracks the download statistics for hosted materials, acting in turn as a source for alternative scholarly impact metrics (alt metrics). By encouraging publishing of figures, charts, and data, rather than being limited to the traditional entire 'paper', knowledge can be shared more quickly and effectively. This webinar will introduce the platform, how to best use it, and showcase examples of successful data sharing and its impact.

Speaker: Mark Hahnel, PhD, CEO and founder of Figshare

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.