DataONE: Enhancing discovery and use of earth and environmental science data through education
Education is an integral component of the DataONE vision to broaden access to Earth and environmental data by researchers, educators and the public. Our initiatives range from providing formal graduate-level training in research and cyber-infrastructure development to developing informal inquiry-based education modules that allow students of all ages to ask their own specific questions. The DataONE website provides numerous e-resources to engage with our diverse community of users in every aspect of the data management lifecycle.
We present a description of three of our online educational resources (webinars, screencasts, and educational modules), and we invite community suggestions for additional programs. 1) Our monthly webinar series provides a platform for noted individuals in the Open Data field to speak about important topics chosen by the broader community. Webinars are recorded and archived and are followed by an interactive forum for continued discussion. 2) Screencasts provide clear and quick guidance to various DataONE tools and other resources to facilitate data discovery, access, management, and analysis and visualization. 3) Educational modules, which include Powerpoint lessons, one page synopses, and hands-on exercises, are available to download for use by educators and individuals for self-instruction.