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Data Services

A Guide of Library Data Services

  Love Data Week 2021
 February 8th - 12th

Open Source Alternatives

Open source software has many benefits.  While the biggest benefit to many may be there is no monetary cost, there are numerous other benefits.

Open source software allows access to the source code.  However, there are several criteria that must be followed when making the code available.  Typically the software needs to be free from all cost, allow people access to the source code, allow people to change the code to meet their needs, and not restrict any other software.

Open Source Alternatives to Popular software

Open Source Software Replaces
OpenOffice
LibreOffice
Microsoft Office
Gimp PhotoShop
PDFCreator Adobe Acrobat

Cinelerra
Avidemux

Adobe Premiere Pro (Video editing software)
Bluefish Adobe Dreamweaver
Jamovi
JASP
SPSS

Sharing is Caring

Data Sharing has multiple benefits which include increasing the visibility of your research, facilitate new discoveries by other researchers, and meet funding requirements.

Increase your visibility by including your data in open access repositories.  Raise your prominence by contributing to the field and keep your research relevant.

Facilitate new discoveries by allowing other researches to use your data sets.  Data sets can be re-analyzed to answer a research question and prevent duplication of effort.

Meet funding requirements as many federal grants require data sharing around the time of publication.  Individual journals and publishers also are requiring or encouraging data sharing in their editorial policies.

Make public assets available to the public through publishing data papers, research articles with your conclusions and submitting datasets to open repositories.

Learn more about Data Sharing from a Research Nexus Talk by Adrienne Brodie.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses state what permissions the copyright holder or author will allow with their work.  It informs people what the creator will allow and will not allow.  There are several types of CC Licenses.

  License Name Permissions Conditions
CC-BY Distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any format
Commercial Use
Credit must be given to the creator
CC-BY-SA Distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any format
Commercial Use
Credit must be given to the creator
Adaptations must be shared under the same terms
CC-BY-NC Distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any format Non-commercial use only
Credit must be given to the creator
CC-BY-NC-SA Distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any format Non-commercial use only
Credit must be given to the creator
Adaptations must be shared under the same terms
CC-BY-ND Copy and Distribute the material in any format in unadapted form only
Commercial Use
Credit must be given to the creator
No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted
CC-BY-NC-ND Copy and Distribute the material in any format in unadapted form only Non-commercial use only
Credit must be given to the creator
No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted
CC0 Distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any format No conditions

Adapted from: Creative Commons. (2021). About CC Licenses. Creative Commons. https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/

Protect your privacy

Your personal data is constantly being collected by large tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. By being selective of what personal information you put on the internet, you can prevent your data being collected.  Use alternatives to Google products and avoid having personal devices record everything to not have profile built about you to be analyzed and sold to advertisers.