Personnel from the participating organizations in the Data Help Desk at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America published a blog post with information on “Why a Data Help Desk?”, “Behind the Scenes of the ESA Data Help Desk” and “Take Home Messages from ESA 2019”.
The Information Management Code Registry (IMCR) is a community informed resource to enhance the use and value of Environmental Science data by facilitating discovery of software solutions for information management needs. The primary goal of the IMCR is to create an extensive registry of information management software that is searchable by task (e.g. quality control) and other attributes (e.g. software language). Our secondary goal is to highlight coverage gaps of information management software and help shift redundant effort to new development. Continue reading “Information Management Code Registry Nears Release!”
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America was held in Louisville, KY (11-16 August 2019). Building on the success of Data Fair Activities at AGU Meetings, EDI again this year led the effort to hold a Data Help Desk at ESA 2019. Data curators Kristin Vanderbilt and Margaret O’Brien (and guest Stevan Earl, LTER/ASU) were joined by informatics experts from GBIF, iDigBio, ESIP, Arctic Data Center, DataONE and NEON in answering a range of questions about available tools and data services. O’Brien and Vanderbilt also organized a storytelling-style “Inspire” session, Assembling Data for Synthesis: The Good, Bad and In-Between, which brought together researchers and data scientists attempting to assemble data for synthesis, or to harmonize data for targeted databases, web applications or displays. For more information see here.
EDI conducted a workshop on “Introduction to publishing environmental data” at the Clemson Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science on July 23, 2019. This workshop was jointly organized by the Baruch Institute and EDI, with Skip J. van Bloem, the director of the Baruch Institute, recognizing the importance of data publishing for long-term data preservation, making the data discoverable as well as to fulfill the requirements of scientific journals and funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation. For more information please see here.
- EDI information manager, Colin Smith, at the data publishing workshop at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science on July 23, 2019.
The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) hosted a hackathon at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, June 11-13, 2019 to collaboratively design and develop software supporting data visualization. Ten participants, including LTER information managers, graduate students, and post-docs, enthusiastically joined this effort. For more information please see here.