Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 3, Relational Databases

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 3, Relational Databases As we illustrated in the first post in this series, data cleaning and data transformation are two major bottlenecks in data analysis. Both can be streamlined by using more [...]

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 2, Tidy Data

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 2, Tidy Data Note: This post draws heavily from concepts described in an article, slide deck, and presentation by Hadley Wickham, Assistant Professor of Statistics at Rice University and Chief Scientist at [...]

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 1

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 1 As far as research experiences go, it’s hard to beat the moment when you finally get to analyze and interpret the data you worked so hard to obtain. Unfortunately, it’s common [...]

Usability 101 in Design

Usability 101: Usability in Software Design and Interface Design When we design a product, we want to ensure at least two things. First, the product should be useful (of course). Second, the product should be usable. Usefulness doesn't matter [...]

2018-06-20T22:30:42+00:00Apr 2015|Information Design & Usability|

How to Reshape Long-Format Excel Data into Wide-Format SPSS Data

How to Reshape Long-Format Excel Data into Wide-Format SPSS Data As a provider of integrated data management services, we often answer a wide variety of questions relating to data manipulation. One of the most common questions that we encounter is [...]

How A Single Sheet of Paper Can Transform Your User Experience

How A Single Sheet of Paper Can Transform Your User Experience What does a sheet of paper and an expensive, fancy computer lab have in common? Paper evokes tradition, while computers evoke innovation—in fact, we often perceive cutting-edge computers as [...]

2018-06-20T22:31:00+00:00Nov 2014|Information Design & Usability|

Tips for Getting Control of Your Data: Back to Basics, Nouns and Verbs

Tips for Getting Control of Your Data: Back to Basics, Nouns and Verbs In our last installment of Tips for Getting Control of Your Data series, we suggested using a revision control system to help keep track of your data files as they [...]

Minimalist Design

Minimalist Design We believe in a minimalist design approach. That means that everything on the page matters: if we took it away, the page would be less useful. Every box, button, color, menu, hint, title, table, label, legend, link, line, [...]

Information design: what’s the best way to display summary data

Information design: what’s the best way to display summary data We recently began designing a page to display individual summary data. This page should show a research participant's scores on potentially dozens of measures, from the ADOS, to medical history [...]