Hannah Gunderman

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Dr Hannah Gunderman

Member since: 12/05/2019 - 18:11
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Research Data Management Consultant
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Carnegie Mellon University
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United States

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I aim to help empower faculty, staff, and students to incorporate research data management (RDM) into each stage of their research, from conceptualization to publication, including appropriate usage of file-naming schemes and metadata, data backups, and data storage. I'm interested in educating others on how RDM can help them be more marketable and competitive as a scholar, as well as enable greater sharing of their research accolades. I work with scholars using data from across the spectrum of disciplinary areas, from fine arts to robotics. While data may visually and structurally look “different” across this spectrum, all forms of data benefit from appropriate use of RDM techniques! I am a human geographer by training, using qualitative and quantitative data to help tell stories about the world around us, using GIS, data mining, and ethnography to capture how humans experience the landscapes around them. I hold a PhD in Geography from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where in my dissertation I collected qualitative and quantitative data to inform an analysis of Doctor Who’s impact on viewers in the areas of empathy and geopolitical awareness. I also hold a Masters of Arts in Geography/Environment and Natural Resources (with a Statistics minor) and a Bachelors of Science in Geography/Natural Resource Management from the University of Wyoming. In my Masters thesis, I used qualitative and quantitative data to geospatially understand the impact of the Grateful Dead on the present-day economic landscape of the United States. As a geographer, I have been exposed to many forms of research data in multiple settings, and have learned the do’s (and don’ts!) of how to manage these data.

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