Workshop: Data in the Cloud

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05-06 February 2018 (2 days)


08:30-17:00 each day


Higher Technological School John Vorster
Meyer Street, Rietfontein, Pretoria
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ZAR 3,600.00 per person. Inquiries: 


Please complete the online form to register – click here. Registration closes on 03 Feb. 2018. Certificates of attendance will be issued on full attendance.

How to Prepare

You are welcome to bring along your own e-devise, but computers will be available for you to work on. Also bring any existing material to work with, e.g. photos, logos, data, and more. Please save on a digital device of your own. Make sure you have a Gmail account of your own, and bring along the username and password. If you don’t have one yet, please create it at:


Ina Smith & Annamarie Goosen

Brief Description

Data provides evidence – whether it is for research, or to inform decisions you have to take regarding the library/organisation. It can also predict trends, if interpreted correctly. Social Media platforms often consist of data only, contributed by the people. Without the data, the platforms would not exist. Businesses more and more rely on data to see where there is a need for certain products, and where they should invest their money and other resources. Libraries can also use data for specific purposes, for example to demonstrate to researchers the impact of the research they published, or for administrative purposes – to inform decisions. There is also the need for more open data to find solutions towards a sustainable world, addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Expected Outcomes

After completing this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what is Data, and what Data can be used for (incl. data mining, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning);
  • Distinguish between different Types of Data;
  • Practice Research Data Management (RDM);
  • Collect Data using an Online Form;
  • Clean & Sort Data;
  • Process & Analyse Data;
  • Visualise Data; and
  • Include Data for example as part of an Infographic.
Target Audience

All Librarians

Draft Programme
Day 1 (05 Feb. 2018)

08:00-08:30   Registration
08:30-09:00   Welcome & Introductions
09:00-09:30   Expectations & Assumptions
09:30-10:15   Overview of Data & Types of Data
10:15-10:45   Health Break
10:45-12:00   Research Data & Management
12:00-13:00   Metadata
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:00   Collecting Data
15:00-15:30   Health Break
15:30-16:15   Cleaning & Sorting Data
16:15-             Reflection & Summary

Day 2 (06 Feb. 2018)

08:00-08:30   Arrival
08:30-09:00   Processing & Analysing Data
09:00-10:15   Visualising Data
10:15-10:45   Health Break
10:45-13:00   Including Data in an Infographic
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:00   Assigning Metadata
15:00-15:30   Health Break
15:30-16:15   Exporting, Cleaning & Importing Metadata
16:15-             Reflection & Summary


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