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Data Connection: Data Services: Getting Started

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   A Service of Library and Learning Services


At Data Connection, our team of skilled librarians and library technicians can work with you to locate, store, and disseminate the data you are working with. We can help you:

  • Connect with the best software for data collection and analysis, including tools for GIS, data visualization, and qualitative and quantitative projects
  • Ensure that you comply with research funding requirements with a thorough data management plan
  • Provide your students with practice datasets and opportunities to do data visualization
  • Locate datasets from Canadian sources, including access through Sheridan's subscription to the DLI (Data Liberation Initiative, a partnership with Statistics Canada), and global repositories.

Our Team

Lingling Jiang Headshot

Lingling Jiang | Metadata & Systems Librarian

  • Data management, discovery & preservation
  • Data analysis

Lisa Eschli | Digital Assets, Institutional Repository

  • Data storage

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Susan Shepley | Research & Scholarly Engagement Librarian

  • Promoting and disseminating data and scholarship
  • Understanding funding requirements

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Claire Wollen | Liaison Librarian, Pilon School of Business

  • Locating, storing, describing and sharing data
  • Canadian and international data sources and repositories, including access to the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

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Nicole Zhang | Digital Assets Technician

  • Statistical & GIS Software

Book a Data Consultation or Workshop

For assistance with locating, storing or sharing your data, please contact:

Key Terms

According to Statistics Canada, statistics is defined as “a type of information obtained through mathematical operations on numerical data”. Statistics is the interpretation and summary of data, commonly presented in the form of a table, chart of graph.

(Information adapted from Statistics: Power from Data!)

Data are defined by Statistics Canada as "the raw material from which information is obtained" or "facts or figures from which conclusions can be drawn." Data are raw information, directly collected from research studies or surveys. Data can be categorized as quantitative or qualitative. Examples of the formats of data can be dataset, aerial photography, interview notes, surveys, audio or video files etc. Data can be analyzed and processed using statistical software such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, R, etc.

(Information adapted from Statistics: Power from Data!)