EDI Workshop on “Introduction to publishing environmental data” at Clemson Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

An EDI workshop on “Introduction to publishing environmental data” was held 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.

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EDI information manager, Colin Smith, at  the data publishing workshop at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science on July 23, 2019.

Colin Smith, member from EDI instructed about 20 people on the basic steps for publishing their data, giving an overview of the process in terms of packaging and cleaning data for archiving, documenting data (metadata) and the features of the EDI repository. Colin also described the data curation services that EDI offers. EDI’s summer 2019 fellow at the Baruch Institute, Vanessa Bailey (PhD student at the University of Utah, Department of Geography) presented on preparing the group’s data for archiving. Vanessa was trained previously by EDI in data publishing. During her fellowship she can provide hands-on help to researchers at Baruch to deepen their skills in data archiving.

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Colin Smith discusses topics with workshop participants.

The workshop continued for an additional half day, during which Colin provided training to two information managers from the Baruch Institute who are task with data archiving on creating metadata in the Ecological Metadata Language using R-tools in order to upload the data and metadata to the EDI repository themselves.

This type of workshop is one of EDI’s 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 in design and implement a data publication workflow that best meets your needs. For more information please see here.

Questions? Please contact us at info@environmentaldatainitiative.org.