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Last year, Anna-Maria Moubayed attended Data Day at Queen’s looking for a solution for her research findings. Now, a year later, she has transitioned from attendee to panelist.

[Data Day 2017]
Anna-Maria Moubayed conducts field research at Cathédrale Notre-Dame et Saint-Paul, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, France. (Photo by Meaghan Whitehead)

Ms. Moubayed is a PhD candidate in art history who specializes in medieval art history and architecture, and she is returning to Data Day to discuss her research data management journey. Ms. Moubayed has conducted extensive field research in Europe, mostly France, focusing largely on Romanesque and Gothic sculptures of Eve, luxury, and sirens.  

Ms. Moubayed says her experience at Data Day has been invaluable.

“Through Data Day and the guidance of Francine Berish, Geospatial Data Librarian, my research took a major upgrade in the digital humanities approach,” she says. “I was finally able to display and analyze my findings as I initially planned to do – with a database, an interactive map, and a statistical approach. Data Day showed me the possibilities of the collaborative and multidisciplinary character of the digital humanities.” 

Ms. Moubayed will be speaking about her digital humanities research philosophy.

“I wish to inspire other Queen’s graduate students and scholars, as I was inspired at last year’s Data Day,” she says.

Data Day is an opportunity for researchers to come together to learn from one another and start a conversation that continues beyond the event.

“Together with our academic partners, the library continues to explore and evolve strategies for how best to support our research community in all scholarly communications,” Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian says. “The goal is to broaden the impact of Queen’s research locally, nationally and globally. We want to engage the Queen’s academic community in discussion of the pressing issues and opportunities of this evolving landscape of information access and collaborative technology-based initiatives, within our local context.”

Data Day takes place on May 11, from 9 am to 1 pm, and includes lunch. The program features presentations and panels on national initiatives and local services for managing, linking and promoting research data. The keynote speaker is Jeremy Geelen, from SSHRC, who will discuss tri-agency policies on data management. For more details, see the Data Day website