EDI workshop at the 2018 OBFS Annual Meeting

EDI members and Jason Tallant from the University of Michigan Biological Station conducted a workshop on supporting curation and archiving of environmental data at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) at Schoodic ME (19-23 September, 2018). Four of our former EDI Summer 2018 fellows actively participated in this workshop by means of oral presentations on their data management experience during the fellowship at OBFS sites. For more information on EDI’s contributions at the 2018 OBFS Annual Meeting please see here.

Workshop on “Supporting curation and archiving of environmental data”, 19 September 2018 at the 2018 OBFS Annual Meeting.

Data Help Desk at the 2018 ESA Meeting

esa_helpdesk_2018_bSix organizations (EDI, ESIP, iDigBio, DataCite, Arctic Data Center, DataONE) collaborated at the 2018 ESA Meeting in New Orleans (August 5-9) to offer a Data Help Desk. We co-located to share a booth quad in the Exhibition/Poster Hall. Three sections of the quad were open, with a couch and high top tables that created an inviting space for people to drop in, take some stickers and literature, and ask questions. The other quad section was curtained off with a large monitor for short presentations. Presentations ranged from “Using R to Manage Wildlife Tracking Data” to “How to Use Github.” Continue reading “Data Help Desk at the 2018 ESA Meeting”


EDI Summer Fellowships 2018 completed

EDI successfully completed its first summer fellowship program from June 4 to August 13, 2018. Each of our six fellows made a significant contribution to the preservation and reuse of data and metadata that they published for their host sites. For more information on the 2018 fellowship, a list of host sites, mentors and fellows, testimonials and published data packages, please see here.

We are looking forward to beginning the application process for next year’s summer fellowship program soon by announcing the search of host sites. Please stay tuned!

EDI Fellowship Program

Events, Information Management Code Registry, News

Hackathon for Information Management Code Registry

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.

Hackathon participants
Hackathon participants


Events, News

Workshop “Creating EML with R and publishing data packages in the EDI repository”

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.

Participants of the EDI workshop at UNM (June 5-7, 2018), from left to right: An Nguyen, Alina Drebin, Mary Martin, Colin Smith (EDI), Kat Leigh, Li Kui, Vanessa Morgan, Kristin Vanderbilt (EDI), Abby Pennington, Xulong Peng, Prita Novia, Katherine Beirne, Sara Elmendorf, Gabriel Kamener.