Events, News

Data Publication Training

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Discussing a wide range of topics related to open data and the science it supports.

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.

Events, News

New Approach to Data Publishing Training

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 info@environmentaldatainitiative.org.