All Learning Resources

  • NOAA Administrative Order 212-15: Management of Environmental and Geospatial Data and Information

    This training module is part of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (or ESIP Federation's) Data Management for Scientists Short Course.  The subject of this module is " NOAA Administrative Order 212-15:  Management of Environmental and Geospatial Data and Information".  The module was authored by Jeff Arnfield from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.  Besides the ESIP Federation, sponsors of this Data Management for Scientists Short Course are the Data Conservancy and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

    NOAA, like many other agencies, has its own set of requirements and directives that augment broader Federal level data management mandates.  Ah, but how to achieve compliance?  As with most orders, there is the inevitable “stick:”  anyone receiving NOAA funding -- its own offices and employees as well as contractors, partners and outside researchers – must manage resulting environmental data in compliance with NOAA’s requirements and directives.

    To assist data managers in understanding and meeting those requirements, there is also a bit of carrot: NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee, or EDMC, provides access to the directives and various supporting resources, including implementation guidance.  NOAA’s National Data Centers provide additional guidance for data submitted for archiving.  

  • Escaping Datageddon

    Slide share presentation of information presented to university graduate students on the importance of data management presented as part of the University of Wisconsin, Madison Graduate Support Services.

  • 23 (research data) Things

    23 (research data) Things is self-directed learning for anybody who wants to know more about research data. Anyone can do 23 (research data) Things at any time.  Do them all, do some, cherry-pick the Things you need or want to know about. Do them on your own, or get together a Group and share the learning.  The program is intended to be flexible, adaptable and fun!

    Each of the 23 Things offers a variety of learning opportunities with activities at three levels of complexity: ‘Getting started’, ‘Learn more’ and ‘Challenge me’. All resources used in the program are online and free to use.

  • 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.

  • 23 (research data) Things

    23 (research data) Things is self-directed, online learning for anybody who wants to know more about research data. Each of the 23 Things offers a variety of learning opportunities with activities at three levels of complexity: ‘Getting started’, ‘Learn more’ and ‘Challenge me’. All resources used in the program are online and free to use.

  • Structuring and Documenting a USGS Public Data Release

    This tutorial is designed to help scientists think about the best way to structure and document their USGS public data releases. The ultimate goal is to present data in a logical and organized manner that enables users to quickly understand the data. The first part of the tutorial describes the general considerations for structuring and documenting a data release, regardless of the platform being used to distribute the data. The second part of the tutorial describes how these general consideration can be implemented in ScienceBase. The tutorial is designed for USGS researchers, data managers, and collaborators, but some of the content may be useful for non-USGS researchers who need some tips for structuring and documenting their data for public distribution.

  • 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....