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

Because of the high demand, the Environmental Data Initiative hosted another workshop on “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 were trained along with EDI’s Summer 2018 Fellows.


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.

The goal of our workshops on this topic was to enhance research projects’ efficiency in archiving their data packages in accordance with the standards developed by the ecological research community. Specifically, we showed how to create metadata compliant to the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) standard (v2.1.1) and prepare quality controlled data packages for archiving in the EDI data repository. Our workshop covered the following topics with hands-on exercises:

  • Preparation of data tables for archiving in accordance with QA/QC standards.
  • Discussion of metadata content.
  • Creating EML using R.
  • Publishing data packages in the EDI repository.