The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) hosted a hackathon at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, June 12-14, to collaboratively design and develop software supporting the activities of information managers and scientists working with environmental data. We used the Open Space Technology approach to guide project development and gained valuable insights into hosting a successful hackathon from Deborah Paul and Mathew Collins of iDigBio. For more information please see here.
EDI is conducting a hands-on workshop “Creating EML with R and publishing data packages in the EDI repository” (5-7 June 2018) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.
The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is supporting six Summer 2018 (June 4 – August 13, 2018) Fellowships in its ecological data management training program.
The training program has started with an EDI-hosted training workshop on data publishing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (June 5 – 7, 2018), during which the fellows learn about data cleaning and formatting, metadata content, the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and how to create EML using the R programming environment.
For more information on our Felllowship Program, please see here.
Our first application of our new data training approach was at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, May 24-25, with the Research Lab of Cayelan Carey. During the 2 day training event we discussed issues ranging from the role of controlled vocabularies in improving data discoverability, to the efficiencies a research lab can gain by adopting an open data policy and archiving their data in a publicly accessible repository. The core of our work was on the 5 phases of data publication, and we were ultimately able to get 5 datasets published in the EDI data repository by noon of our second day. In the remaining time, EDI developers (Mark Servilla and Duane Costa), the Carey Lab, and principal investigators of The Smart Reservoir Project convened online in a video conference to design an automated data publication workflow to get valuable data products out to local water resource managers and the public in a timely fashion. The event was considered a success by all parties involved and a great learning experience for EDI. For more information, please see here.
The Environmental Data Initiative has added a new approach to our data publication training services. Rather than sending your technical staff off-site for a week-long training event, a member of our team will travel to your research organization and conduct a condensed 2 day workshop covering the 5 phases of data publication and consult you in design and implement a data publication workflow that best meets your needs. This approach offers several benefits: (1) It facilitates development of a robust data publication workflow by accommodating participation of all personnel involved in the data-collection-to-use pipeline. (2) It allows us to quickly identify and offer solutions to unique and challenging features of your workflows. (3) It informs EDI of novel use cases that are not currently supported, but should be. (4) It saves time and resources for you and EDI. If you are an interested field station, research program, or primary investigator, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.