All Learning Resources

  • Mozilla Science Lab's Open Data Primers

  • 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.

  • Essentials 4 Data Support

    Essentials 4 Data Support is an introductory course for those people who (want to) support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data.  The Essentials 4 Data Support course aims to contribute to professionalization of data supporters and coordination between them. Data supporters are people who support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data.  Course may be taken online-only (no fee) with or without registration, or online plus face to face meetings as a full course with certificate (for a fee).  

  • Research Data Management and Access: The Basis for Preserving and Providing Access to Research Data

    Brief introduction to research data preservation; research data management (RDM), including curation, documentation, metadata, and controlled vocabulary; and data access.

  • What are Persistent Identifiers and Why are they Important? (Webinar)

    Are you intrigued, interested or simply a bit confused by persistent identifiers and would like to know more? Then this introductory level webinar is for you! The webinar will be especially interesting if you are working with digital archives and digital collections. You will get a clear understanding of what persistent identifiers are, why they are important and how trustworthy they are. We also discuss how you can determine the most appropriate identifier for your needs. Note that this is not a deeply technical webinar.

    Topics that will be covered include:

    - What are persistent identifiers?
    - The case for PIDs – knowing what’s what and who’s who
    - The data architecture of PIDs
    - What is social infrastructure and why is it important?
    - Review of current identifier systems
    - How to choose a PID System
    - Case studies in documents, data, video

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series.

    Copies of version 2 of the slides can be found at:  https://figshare.com/articles/Overview_of_PID_Systems_for_THOR_Webinar/5...
    Version 2 of the slides have the following DOI:  https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5016803.v2 .

  • Persistent Identifiers: Current Features and Future Properties (Webinar)

    This webinar is for people who know what persistent identifiers are, but are interested in knowing much more about what you can actually do with them. In other words, what are the services that are being built on top of identifier systems that could be useful to the digital preservation community? We will cover topics such as party identification, interoperability and (metadata) services such as multiple resolution. Following on from that, we will explain more about the next generation of resolvers and work on extensions, such as specification of the URN r-component semantics.

    This part 2 of a 3 part series.

  • Persistent Identifier (S)election Guide (Webinar)

    Cultural heritage organisations, regardless of size, are often hesitant to implement PIDs. They lack knowledge of what PIDs are, don’t know about their capabilities and benefits, and fear a possible complex and costly implementation process as well as the maintenance costs for a sustained service. The Digital Heritage Network and the Dutch Coalition on Digital Preservation addresses these issues in three ways:

    By raising awareness of (the importance of) PIDs in cultural heritage organisations.
    By increasing the knowledge regarding the use of PIDs within cultural heritage.
    By supporting the technical implementation of PIDs in cultural heritage collection management systems. How we did this on a nationwide scale will be explained in the webinar.

    There are multiple PID systems. But which system is most suited to your situation: Archival Resource Keys (ARKs), Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), Handle, OpenURL, Persistent Uniform Resource Locators (PURLs) or Uniform Resource Names (URNs)? Each system has its own particular properties, strengths and weaknesses. The PID Guide from the Digital Heritage Network’s Persistent Identifier project helps you learn and think about important PID subjects, and guides your first steps towards selecting a PID system.

    This is part 3 of a 3 part series.

  • Research Data Management and Open Data

    This two-day workshop combines both presentations and interactive activities, exercises, and discussions, will provide Ph.D. students with practical skills directly applicable to their own research. Drawing on a wide range of data – both quantitative and qualitative – the workshop will address the following key topics in data management:

    • Documentation and contextual description
    • Ethical and legal aspects of managing and sharing sensitive data
    • Anonymising research data for reuse
    • Writing a data management plan
    • Data handling (e.g. file organisation and data storage and security)
    • Data preparation

    By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to apply good data management practices in their own research and will be able to work more efficiently and effectively with data individually or as part of a research team, where data are often co-produced and shared.

    From the Agenda on the home page, the PDF, text, and Epub versions of these slide presentations can be accessed by clicking on the link for each presentation.

  • GeoMapApp Learning Activities Collection

    GeoMapApp Learning Activities are web-based, high-impact, ready-to-use learning modules. They are aimed at the K-12, community college and introductory university level. Each learning activity provides hands-on participation that allows students to enhance their learning experience through the exploration of geoscience data in a map-based setting. They range from short in-class activities to multi-class modules covering broader content.

    GeoMapApp Learning Activities are tied to ESLI and NYS STEM and PS:ES standards and have a standard format:

    Title, summary, intended learning outcomes
    Prep time, grade level, required prior knowledge
    ESLI and NYS standards and NY Regents questions
    Step-by-step guide and teacher tips
    Student instructions and "grading-friendly" answer sheet
    Pre- and post- student quizzes
    Ideas for further knowledge gain

    GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) compilation that hosts high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and NED (National Elevation Dataset) topography datasets for the global land masses.  

  • GEOMAPApp Tutorials

    The video tutorials are available from the home page under the general topics listed below, and also on the GeoMapApp YouTube channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/GeoMapApp.  The tutorials demonstrate how to perform common tasks with GeoMapApp.  Full information on the functions is giving in the User Guide, available at:  http://www.geomapapp.org/GMA/newHelp/index.html.  General topics include:
     - Introduction
     - Import Your Own Data
     - Analyze Data
     - Working with Gridded Data
     - Available Data and examples
     - Portals (including, for example Ocean Floor Drilling, Multibeam Swath Bathymetry DAta, Seismic Data, Earthquake data)
     - In-Depth Webinars

    GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) compilation that hosts high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and NED (National Elevation Dataset) topography datasets for the global land masses.  

  • GeoMapApp Education Resources

    From this home page, a variety of GeoMapApp-related education activities and resources is available. The educational materials target audiences ranging from middle school and high school level to the undergraduate and graduate level.  Resources available include, for example:  mini lessons, GeoMapApp learning activities, data exercises and tutorials.  

    GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) compilation that hosts high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and NED (National Elevation Dataset) topography datasets for the global land masses.  

  • 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.

  • Developing Open Data Policies, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It describes what an Open Data policy covers; discusses the content of a model Open Data policy; gives a practical checklist for developing an Open Data policy; discusses what makes an Open Data policy effective; and analyses existing policies of funders and links to examples.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • Introduction to Open Science for Funders, a part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    Provides a brief introduction to the main concepts of Open Science, discusses the rationale for Open Science and highlights the implications for the research lifecycle.

    This slide presentation is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It introduces the concept of and rationale for Open Science and some of the practicalities of Open Science.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.  Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course

    This is an introductory course for policymakers and funders and comprises slide presentations and a video. The course is organized into the following modules.

    • Introduction to Open Science for Funders
    • The Impact of Open Science
    • Definitions and Terms used in Open Science
    • Requirements of Horizon 2020 Regarding Open Access and Open Data 
    • Creating Effective Open Access Policies
    • Developing Open Data Policies

    Suggested reading is also provided.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format on the slide preview pages for each module.

  • The Requirements of Horizon 2020 Regarding Open Access and Open Data, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It outlines the Horizon 2020 policy and recommendations on Open Access and Open Data, and the underlying rationale.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal Training-of-Trainers Course

    This ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal training-of-trainers course will demonstrate the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal V2. The focus will be on ODP Data Provider for national nodes (NODCs). This course includes some specific topics like an introduction to Linux OS and an application server which are used as an operating environment. This course can be also used to gain a better understanding of the IODE Ocean Data Portal and its capabilities.

    The course is comprised of three sessions and each session is composed of several video presentations.  

    • Session 1: Introduction to IODE Ocean Data Portal V2
    • Session 2: ODP Data Provider - Data Connect and Share
    • Session 3: Metadata Maintenance

    PowerPoint slides for each presentation are available for download from the main course page.

    About the Ocean Data Portal:

    • Formally established in 2007 as a program under the IODE and supported by the Partnership Centre for IODE Ocean Data Portal, Russian Federation
    • Seeks to provide open and seamless access to marine data collections in an enabling and globally distributed environment
    • Facilitates discovery, evaluation, and access to data
    • Provides benefits to both data providers and data users
    • Focuses on standards, technology, people, and capacity planning 
  • Session 2: Ocean Data Portal (ODP) Data Provider - Data Connect and Share in the IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, part of the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal Training-of-Trainers Course.

    This video presentation is Session 2 of 3 from the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal (ODP) training-of-trainers course.  The ODP course demonstrates the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal V2. The focus is on ODP Data Provider for national nodes (NODCs). This course includes some specific topics like an introduction to Linux OS and an application server which are used as an operating environment. This course can be also used to gain a better understanding of the IODE Ocean Data Portal and its capabilities.

    The course is comprised of three sessions and each session is composed of several video presentations. Session 2, ODP Data Provider - Data Connect and Share in the IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, contains the following videos.

    • Introduction to JBoss Application Server
    • ODP V2 Data Provider Package Overview
    • Technical and Operational Requirements
    • Deployment Process
    • Settings and Priorities
    • Provider's Identification Rules

    PowerPoint slides for each presentation are available for download from the main course page.

    About the Ocean Data Portal:

    • Formally established in 2007 as a program under the IODE and supported by the Partnership Centre for IODE Ocean Data Portal, Russian Federation
    • Seeks to provide open and seamless access to marine data collections in an enabling and globally distributed environment
    • Facilitates discovery, evaluation, and access to data
    • Provides benefits to both data providers and data users
    • Focuses on standards, technology, people, and capacity planning 
  • Session 3: Metadata Maintenance in the IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, part of the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal Training-of-Trainers Course.

    This video presentation is Session 3 of 3 from the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal (ODP) training-of-trainers course.  The ODP course demonstrates the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal V2. The focus is on ODP Data Provider for national nodes (NODCs). This course includes some specific topics like an introduction to Linux OS and an application server which are used as an operating environment. This course can be also used to gain a better understanding of the IODE Ocean Data Portal and its capabilities. 

    The course is comprised of three sessions and each session is composed of several video presentations. Session 3, Metadata Maintenance in the IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, contains the following videos.

    • Metadata Templates and Patterns
    • Metadata Quality Procedures
    • Monitoring Procedure
    • Using Virtual Data Provider Capabilities 

    PowerPoint slides for each presentation are available for download from the main course page.

    About the Ocean Data Portal:

    • Formally established in 2007 as a program under the IODE and supported by the Partnership Centre for IODE Ocean Data Portal, Russian Federation
    • Seeks to provide open and seamless access to marine data collections in an enabling and globally distributed environment
    • Facilitates discovery, evaluation, and access to data
    • Provides benefits to both data providers and data users
    • Focuses on standards, technology, people, and capacity planning 
  • Impact of Open Science, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It discusses and provides evidence for the impact of Open Data and Open Access. 

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.  Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce...