IGN 9 - Beyond the Data Life Cycle: Tips and Techniques for Working with Ecological Data

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Amber Budden, DataONE
Matt Jones, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Amber Budden, DataONE
While graduate students in Ecology learn about methods for collecting ecological data, historically there has been less emphasis on managing the resulting data effectively. This is an increasingly important skill set; most funding agencies require data management plans, and journals are requiring that data pertaining to published articles be accessible. Ecologists with good data management skills will be able to maximize the productivity of their own research program, effectively and efficiently share their data with the scientific community, and potentially benefit from the re-use of their data by others. This session will give attendees an overview of some techniques for organizing, managing, analyzing and sharing their data across all parts of the research cycle. Talks will include insights into good data structure, quality control, data documentation, and the importance of good data management practices for data sharing, collaboration, and data re-use.
 Failure to plan is planning to fail
William Michener, University of New Mexico
 Best practices for data veracity: Avoid surprises
Christopher Lortie, York University
 Metadata: The language to describe your data
Jesse Goldstein, University of California; Jeanette Clark, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Data access and integration
Dave Vieglais, University of Kansas
 Data citation
Patricia Cruse, DataCite
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