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Publish Your Data! Learn How to Use DesignSafe and Meet the CONVERGE Data Ambassadors



This webinar showcased new resources to manage and publish your data securely and in compliance with data protection best practices. Specifically, participants learned how to publish data, data collection instruments, and research protocols permanently via the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure.

This brief webinar also featured three CONVERGE Data Ambassadors. They shared their experiences publishing with DesignSafe and lessons learned to help the broader social science and interdisciplinary research community to use this resource. In preparation for the webinar, participants were encouraged to:

About DesignSafe: DesignSafe is a web-based research platform for the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). DesignSafe provides computational tools needed to manage, analyze, and understand critical data for natural hazards research. It supports research workflows, data analysis, and data visualization.

About the CONVERGE Data Ambassadors Program: CONVERGE Data Ambassadors have completed an NSF-supported Publish Your Data! training session. As Data Ambassadors, they have committed to publishing their own data and instruments on DesignSafe in order to share newly attained knowledge with other researchers and practitioners in the hazards and disaster field. CONVERGE Data Ambassadors will help usher in a culture shift toward data publication and data and instrument sharing across disciplines.


Ellen Rathje, Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering
Director, DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure for Natural Hazards Research
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Lori Peek, Principal Investigator, CONVERGE, SSEER, and ISEEER
Director, Natural Hazards Center and Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Colorado Boulder

Lauren Clay, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
D’Youville College
Affiliated Assistant Professor, Program on Population Impacts, Recovery, and Resiliency
New York University College of Global Public Health

Betty Lai, Buehler Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology
Boston College

Nathanael Rosenheim, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Texas A&M University

If you have questions about this webinar series or about CONVERGE, please contact us at

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