Data Purchase Program, Upcoming Fall Research Data Workshops, Overleaf, Meet Your Research Librarian for Engineering
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Data Purchase Program

UVA Library invites UVA-affiliated researchers to apply to our Data Purchase Program, to support the collection of research datasets. Awards are directed at smaller needs (around $1,000 to $5,000) and preference is given to datasets with potential for use by a wide array of researchers. The application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018. See the Data Collection Development Policy for more information.
Upcoming Fall Workshops

Our Fall Workshop Series is starting. Join us for one of our upcoming data workshops (find the full schedule and register here). Coming up this Fall we have workshops in R, Python, Tableau, Qualitative Data, QGIS, and much more!
  • R: Introduction to R, Data Wrangling with R I, II, and III, Data Visualization in R, Text Analysis with R I, II, and II, and Getting Started with Bayesian Data Analysis in R
  • Python: Introduction to Python, Introduction to Apache Spark and PySpark
  • Tableau: Principles of Data Visualization and Tableau I, II
  • Qualitative: Introduction to Dedoose, Qualitative Data Analysis 
  • And More: Unix, QGIS, Census Basics, LaTeX and Overleaf, Git/GitHub, Data in Excel, Data Storage Best Practices, Funding Discovery, Research Metrics, Paper Machines, Endnote, and Research Collaboration Tools
Workshops are free and all are welcome! Be sure to check out additional workshops and training offered by the UVA Library and by our partner organizations in CADRE.
Hello Overleaf! and Farewell ShareLaTeX

Overleaf is a powerful and easy-to-use online and collaborative LaTeX editor. It requires no installation, and allows real-time collaborative editing of a document, with version control. Overleaf provides hundreds of templates for documents, and an extensive collection of LaTeX tutorials. Previous users of ShareLaTeX will recognize many of the features; ShareLaTeX and Overleaf have merged, with the new Overleaf v2 platform the result. In fact Overleaf v2 may seem more familiar to ShareLaTeX users than to Overleaf users. To support researchers using LaTeX, the UVa Library has purchased a group license for the pro version, available to all UVa users. Just sign up using your email address, visit the UVa portal on the Overleaf site and join the University of Virginia license to get full access to the features, including: 

  • Unlimited collaborators
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Full document history, comments and track changes 
  • Sync to Dropbox and GithHub
  • Figshare, Mendeley, ORCiD and Zotero integration
  • Up to 500 files per project, and an unlimited number of projects, with 10GB of storage space within Overleaf itself. 

If you already have an individual Overleaf account, with a email address, you will be prompted to join the group license the next time you log in. If you have a ShareLaTeX account, your account will be migrated to Overelaf v2 the first time you login after 4 September. Similarly, if you have an individual Overleaf account, your account will automatically roll over to the v2 interface on 4 September.

We are offering a workshop for beginners on the use of Overleaf this fall. Contact Ricky Patterson ( with any questions or assistance with Overleaf or LaTeX in general.

Meet Your Research Librarian for Engineering!

Maggie Nunley is a Research Librarian for Engineering. Maggie joined the Library in 2014 and currently serves as the liaison for Engineering and Society and Computer Science. Her work in the Library involves supporting faculty and students in navigating the complex and changing nature of the research landscape. She specializes in curriculum support for a range of literacies from digital to information for undergraduate and graduate students developing research skills and practices. Her research interests primarily centers on critical approaches to information literacy, social justice and librarianship, and active learning instruction. You can find Maggie in the Brown Science and Engineering Library, or email her at
Outside of work, Maggie enjoys the full librarian cliché – reading, spending time with her three cats, and tackling a variety of textile design projects from knitting to quilting. Much of her time is currently consumed by work for a variety of restoration projects on the 1880s farmhouse that she and her partner purchased last year.

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