All Learning Resources

  • GES DISC Data Cookbook

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to use Earth science data from the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data such as NetCDF, ASCII, HDF-5, and shapefile.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • Reverb Data Access Cookbook

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to access Earth science data from the Earth Observing Clearing House (ECHO) such as MODIS, NRT, ASTER and MERIS data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to access and order these data.  Links are provided to User Support if the data desired are not available from this collection.

  • ASDC Data Recipes

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to obtain and use Earth science data from the Atmospheric Science Data Center, a NASA DAAC (Distributed Active Archive Center) at the NASA Langley Research Center using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • ASF Data Recipes

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to obtain and use Earth science data from the Alaska Satellite Facility, a NASA DAAC (Distributed Active Archive Center) using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • ORNL DAAC Data Recipes

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to use Earth science data from NASA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data focusing on biogeochemical dynamics data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • NSIDC DAAC Data Recipes

    A collection of tutorials, called "data recipes" that describe how to use Earth science data from NASA's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • Template Research Data Management workshop for STEM researchers

    These materials are designed as a template for an introductory Research Data Management workshop for STEM postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers. The workshop is interactive and is designed to be run for 2-3 hours depending on which sections of the workshop are delivered. As it is a template workshop there is a lot of material to cover all disciplines, it is unlikely that all sections would be of interest to any one group of researchers. The sections are:
    Introduction
    Backup and file sharing
    How to organise your data well
    Data Tools
    Personal and sensitive data
    Data sharing
    Data Management Plans

    The workshop works best when adapted for a particular discipline and with a maximum of 30 participants. This workshop was developed for the Data Champions programme at the University of Cambridge and is an adaptation of workshops which are run on a regular basis for PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers. If you would like any more information please email info@data.cam.ac.uk and we would be happy to answer any questions that you have.

  • Data Management Planning Part 1: overview and a USGS program experience

    Emily Fort of the USGS presents an introduction to data management planning and a USGS program experience.

  • Data Management Planning Part 2: theory and practice in research data management

    Steve Tessler and Stan Smith present an example of a data management planning strategy for USGS science centers.

  • Introduction to the ISO 19115-2 Metadata Standard - DISL Data Management Metadata Training Webinar Series - Part 2

    Begins with a brief overview of how the components of the ISO 19115-2 metadata standard are organized, followed by an example completed metadata record. Overview of how to use NOAA NCEI's ISO workbooks and EDM Wiki as resources for writing ISO metadata. The video is 34 minutes. 

  • Introduction to Data Documentation - DISL Data Management Metadata Training Webinar Series - Part 1

    Introduction to data documentation (metadata) for science datasets. Includes basic concepts about metadata and a few words about data accessibility. Video is about 23 minutes.

  • LP DAAC Data Recipes

    A collection of tutorials that describe how to use Earth science data from NASA's Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) using easily available tools and commonly used formats for Earth science data.  These tutorials are available to assist those wishing to learn or teach how to obtain and view these data. 

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 2: Selection

    Module 2 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces the concept of selection for digital preservation and how understanding an organization’s collections landscape can help with planning, selection, and prioritization of digital content for preservation. Lectures will discuss planning, and offer criteria and introduce tools to track and document collections and evaluate their readiness to prioritize submission to a digital preservation service. Participants will consider factors such as legal status, “done-ness” (when is an asset ready to be preserved?), and roles and responsibilities for decision making. They will be asked to look at how the sources of content (whether from digitization or borndigital) affect decision making, and will apply what they have learned through discussions and a case study on evaluation. 

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see: 
    http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum...

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 3: Preparing for Submission

    Module 3 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Workshop Curriculum focuses on preparing content for submission to a long-term storage service, whether in-house or external to the organization. It will emphasize requisite tasks such as understanding and conforming to submission requirements, local file management prior to submission, and tracking asset status. This module will explore common challenges encountered during this stage in the workflow, such as determining how and when to capture metadata, deciding what is “good enough” to submit, dealing with different content sources (e.g., born-digital vs. digitized), and work through ways of resolving these. A case study will be used to provide participants with experience creating a plan for this stage. A hands-on exercise creating a preservation package according to the specifications of a long-term storage service will expose participants to common tools and approaches for compliance with requirements. It will conclude with a discussion of how the processes reviewed during this module can be implemented in a program that will support all organizational content regardless of type, source, or owner.

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see:  http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum....

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 1: Programmatic Digital Preservation

    Module 1 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Curriculum provides an overview of the workshop contents and approach. It begins with a discussion of the goal of the workshop — providing participants with the capacity to ensure valuable content is stored in a managed environment over the long-term, and enact digital preservation programs at their organizations — and provides an opportunity for participants to discuss what this might look like within different organizational contexts. Participants will look at the factors involved in operationalizing a digital preservation program, and the pathway that content travels along as it nears a long-term storage environment. This module introduces the problem-solving and decision-making framework that will run throughout all subsequent modules.

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see:  http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum....

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 4: Submission and Ingest

    Module 4 of the Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces the concept of transferring submission packages to preservation environments. It underscores the importance of logging transfer, upload, and verification events during ingest for the establishment (or continuation) of an audit trail that will track digital assets throughout their life in the preservation environment. Lecture will provide an overview of best practices for submission and the capture of information produced by the related events. Participants will gain experience with tools that support package transfer and will upload submission packages into a local environment and a cloud or preservation service. 

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see:  http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum 
     

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 5: Post Submission

    Module 5 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum examines the relationship of the content holders to the preservation service on an ongoing basis following the submission of content. Regardless of whether the preservation environment is internal to the organization, an external service providing organization, or a collaborative consortium, ongoing preservation is a shared responsibility. This module will lay out the various roles, responsibilities, and tasks, and the service framework that will support the establishment of a sustainable preservation program.

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see:  http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum. 

  • Digital Preservation Workshop Module 6: Sustainability

    Module 6 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces some of the standards and best practices for digital preservation program assessment, tools and activities for performing assessments, and developing a business case for digital preservation. Finally, the module provides practical next steps for applying knowledge gained through the workshop. 

    For background information about this module including learning objectives, goals, resources and lessons, also see:  http://dpn.org/dpn-admin/resources/digitalpreservationworkshopcurriculum. 

  • Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum Development

    The purpose of this workshop curriculum is to provide attendees with: A. An understanding of the goals, processes, and responsibilities involved in the creation of a digital preservation program B. Problem-solving and decision-making skills to enable ongoing, collaborative digital preservation throughout technological, organizational, and content changes.

    This workshop will equip participants with a set of skills and knowledge that will enable them to enact programmatic digital preservation within their organization. It is focused on equipping organizations with the capability to implement and manage a digital preservation program. The workshop modules present the requirements of a digital preservation ecosystem from two parallel viewpoints: 1) governance and program management, including the creation of a unified strategy and the need for cross-organizational coordination, balancing the competing priorities of innovation and maintenance, and 2) asset management, including the selection and submission of content to a managed preservation environment, and ongoing post-submission responsibilities.

    Downloadable workshop modules are available in the Best Practices section of the following page:   http://dpn.org/members .  Module topics include:
    1.  Enabling Programmatic Digital Preservation
    2.  Selection
    3.  Preparing for Submission
    4.  Submission and Ingest
    5.  Post-Submission
    6.  Sustainability
     

  • The Geoscience Paper of the Future: OntoSoft Training

    This presentation was developed to train scientists on best practices for digital scholarship, reproducibility, and data and software sharing.  It was developed as part of the NSF EarthCube Initiative and funded under the OntoSoft project.  More details about the project can be found at http://www.ontosoft.org/gpf.

    A powerpoint version of the slides is available upon request from ontosoft@gmail.com.

    These OntoSoft GPF training materials were developed and edited by Yolanda Gil (USC), with contributions from the OntoSoft team including Chris Duffy (PSU), Chris Mattmann (JPL), Scott Pechkam (CU), Ji-Hyun Oh (USC), Varun Ratnakar (USC), Erin Robinson (ESIP).  They were significantly improved through input from GPF pioneers Cedric David (JPL), Ibrahim Demir (UI), Bakinam Essawy (UV), Robinson W. Fulweiler (BU), Jon Goodall (UV), Leif Karlstrom (UO), Kyo Lee (JPL), Heath Mills (UH), Suzanne Pierce (UT), Allen Pope (CU), Mimi Tzeng (DISL), Karan Venayagamoorthy (CSU), Sandra Villamizar (UC), and Xuan Yu (UD).  Others contributed with feedback on best practices, including Ruth Duerr (NSIDC), James Howison (UT), Matt Jones (UCSB), Lisa Kempler (Matworks), Kerstin Lehnert (LDEO), Matt Meyernick (NCAR), and Greg Wilson (Software Carpentry).  These materials were also improved thanks to the many scientists and colleagues that have taken the training and asked hard questions about GPFs.