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  • Plan, a chapter of the CESSDA Expert Tour Guide on Data Management

    This introductory chapter features a brief introduction to research data management and data management planning.

    Before we get you started on making your own Data Management Plan (DMP), we will guide you through the concepts which provide the basic knowledge for the rest of your travels. Research data, social science data and FAIR data are some of the concepts you will pass by.

    After completing your travels through this chapter you should be:

    Familiar with concepts such as (sensitive) personal data and FAIR principles;
    Aware of what data management and a data management plan (DMP) is and why it is important;
    Familiar with the content elements that make up a DMP;
    Able to answer the DMP questions which are listed at the end of this chapter and adapt your own DMP.

  • Protect, a chapter of the CESSDA Expert Tour on Data Management

    This part of the tour guide focuses on key legal and ethical considerations in creating shareable data.

    We begin with clarifying the different legal requirements of Member States, and the impact of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on research data management. Subsequently, we will show you how sharing personal data can often be accomplished by using a combination of obtaining informed consent, data anonymisation and regulating data access. Also, the supporting role of ethical review in managing your legal and ethical obligations is highlighted.

    After completing your trips around this chapter you should:

    Be aware of your legal and ethical obligations towards participants and be informed of the different legal requirements of Member States;
    Understand how well-protecting your data, protects you against violating laws and promises made to participants;
    Understand the impact of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; European Union, 2016);
    Understand how a combination of informed consent, anonymisation and access controls allows you to create shareable personal data;
    Be able to define what elements should be integrated into a consent form;
    Be able to apply anonymisation techniques to your data;
    Be able to answer the DMP questions which are listed at the end of this chapter and adapt your own DMP.

  • Archive & Publish, a chapter of the CESSDA Expert Tour on Data Management

    High-quality data have the potential to be reused in many ways. Archiving and publishing your data properly will enable both your future self as well as future others to get the most out of your data.

    In this chapter, we venture into the landscape of research data archiving and publication. We will guide you in making an informed decision on where to archive and publish your data in such a way that others can properly access, understand, use and cite them.

    Understand the difference between data archiving and data publishing;
    Be aware of the benefits of data publishing;
    Be able to differentiate between different data publication services (data journal, self-archiving, a data repository);
    Be able to select a data repository which fits your research data's needs;
    Be aware of ways to promote your research data publication;
    Be able to answer the DMP questions which are listed at the end of this chapter and adapt your own DMP.

  • Research Data Management

    Marine information managers are increasingly seen as major contributors to research data management (RDM) activities in general and in the design of research data services (RDS) in particular. They promote research by providing services for storage, discovery, and access and liaise and partner with researchers and data centers to foster an interoperable infrastructure for the above services.

    The series of units within this training course recognizes the potential contributions that librarians/information managers can offer and hence the need to develop their skills in the research data management process. Course materials consist of slide presentations and student activities. Topics include:

    • Data and information management in International Indian Ocean Expedition-2 (IIOE-2)
    • Open science data
    • Research data and publication lifecycles
    • Research data organization and standards
    • Data management plans
    • Data publication and data citation
    • Access to research data
    • Management of sensitive data
    • Repositories for data management
    • Data management resources
  • CESSDA Expert Tour Guide on Data Management

    Target audience and mission:
    This tour guide was written for social science researchers who are in an early stage of practising research data management. With this tour guide, CESSDA wants to contribute to increased professionalism in data management and to improving the value of research data.

    Overview:
    If you follow the guide, you will travel through the research data lifecycle from planning, organising, documenting, processing, storing and protecting your data to sharing and publishing them. Taking the whole roundtrip will take you approximately 15 hours. You can also just hop on and off.

    During your travels, you will come across the following recurring topics:
    Adapt Your DMP
    European Diversity
    Expert Tips
    Tour Operators

    Current chapters include the following topics:  Plan; Organise & Document; Process; Store; Protect;  Archive & Publish.  Other chapters may be added over time.

  • Marine Biogeographic Data Management (Contributing and Using Ocean Biogeographic Information System) (2015)

    The course provided an introduction to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). This includes best practices in marine biogeographic data management, data publication, data access, data analysis, and data visualization. Content consists of slide presentations and videos.

    Aims and Objectives

    • Expand the OBIS network of collaborators
    • Improve marine biogeographic data quality
    • Increase awareness of international standards and best practices related to marine biogeographic data
    • Increase the amount of open access data published through OBIS and its OBIS nodes
    • Increase the use of data from OBIS for science, species conservation, and area-based management applications

    Learning Outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding of OBIS structure, mission, and objectives
    • Installation and management of IPT
    • Use of Darwin Core standards for species occurrence records, taxonomy, event/sample records and additional biological and environmental parameters.
    • Data quality control tools
    • Publishing data through IPT and contributing datasets to OBIS
    • Use of OBIS data access (SQL, web service, API/R). 
    • Data visualization tools (ArGIS online, CartoDB, QGIS, …) 

    Target Audience

    • Marine data managers
    • Staff of NODCs or ADUs/OBIS nodes working with marine biodiversity data
    • Principle Investigators of major marine biodiversity expeditions
    • National marine biodiversity focal points

    Sections 

    • Introductions to IOC, IODE, OTGA, and OBIS
    • Biodiversity Data Standards
    • Data Quality Control Procedures
    • Data Access and Visualisation
    • Social Aspects of Data Management
  • Ocean Teacher Data Management Courses

    Ocean Teacher is a comprehensive e-Learning platform developed by the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) to help build equitable capacity related to ocean research, observations, and services in UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. This series of presentations and short courses is focused on data management in the ocean sciences and is intended to be used in conjunction with classroom training. Course offerings from this collection that are discoverable in the ESIP Data Management Training Clearinghouse include:

    • Marine GIS Applications (using QGIS)
    • Quality Management System Essentials for IODE National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU)
    • Management of Marine Biogeographic Data (Contributing to the Use of OBIS) (2016) (available in English and Spanish)
  • Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS) (2016)

    The course provides an introduction to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). It includes best practices in the management of marine biogeographic data, publication of data for free access (IPT), access to data, organization, analysis, and visualization. 

    Goals:

    • Expand the network of OBIS collaborators.
    • Improve the quality of marine biogeographic data.
    • Increase knowledge of international standards and best practices related to marine biogeographic data.
    • Increase the amount of freely accessible data published through OBIS and its OBIS nodes.
    • Increase the use of OBIS data for science, species conservation, and area-based management applications.

    There are four modules consisting of Spanish language slide presentations and videos:

    • MODULE 1 - General and concepts
    • Introduction to IOC, IODE, OTGA and OBIS and related to WORMS, Marine Regions, DarwinCore biodiversity data standard, and metadata.
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    • MODULE 2 - Data Quality Control Procedures
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    • MODULE 3 - Best practices in the management and policy of marine biogeographic data and access, organization, analysis and visualization of OBIS data
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    • MODULE 4 - Publication of data for free access (Integrate Publishing Toolkit -IPT)
  • Marine GIS Applications (using QGIS)

    This course provides an in-depth overview of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the marine environment using QGIS. All resources can be accessed from the provided URL. 

    Topic 1:
    Aims and Objectives:

    • Provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications
    • Focus on some publicly available marine datasets
    • Show the potential applications of GIS for the marine environment

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Knowledge and understanding of GIS, spatial data, raster, and vector models
    • Core tasks involved in the GIS analysis process including data acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis, and presentation and output
    • Core functionality of QGIS Desktop and QGIS Browser
    • Creating and editing spatial data
    • Appreciation of coastal and marine GIS data applications

    Topic 2: Introduction to Marine GIS

    • A brief explanation of GIS
    • GIS components
    • GIS data models
    • Marine GIS applications
    • Spatial analysis

    Topic 3: Introduction to QGIS

    • Why QGIS?
    • Exercise: Introduction To QGIS

    Topic 4: View data in QGIS Desktop

    • QGIS provides several windows, convenient for the user
    • Exercise

    Topic 5: Map Projections and Coordinate Systems

    • Geographic Coordinate Systems
    • Coordinate Systems And Map Projections
    • Video: Map projections 
    • Exercise

    Topic 6: Create Base Map in QGIS

    • Define the Area of Interest (AOI)
    • Exercise

    Topic 7: Creating Data Collection from the World Ocean Database

    • Exercise: Obtaining Marine Data from the World Ocean Database

    Topic 8: Introduction to Ocean Data View

    • Video: Ocean Data View (ODV) by Reiner Schlitzer
    • Exercise: Creating Data Collection from the World Ocean Database
    • Exercise: Export Marine Data from the Ocean Data View

    Topic 9: Working with Spreadsheet Data

    • Exercise: Adding Spreadsheet Data

    Topic 10: Edit Data in QGIS

    • Exercise

    Topic 11: Edit Data: Area of Interest and Analysis Mask

    • Exercise

    Topic 12: Interpolating surfaces

    • Map Interpolation
    • Interpolating Surfaces: Summary 
    • Exercise: Interpolate to Raster

    Topic 13: Rendering Raster Data

    • Exercise

    Topic 14: Raster Calculator

    • Exercise: Using the Raster Calculation

    Topic 15: Working with NetCDF

    • Exercise

    Topic 16: Plotting Vector Arrows from U and V Component Grids

    • Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET)

    Topic 17: Downloading species observations from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

    • Exercise: Downloading OBIS Data in CSV Format

    Topic 18: Creating KML files for Google Earth

    • Example KML document
    • Exercise

    Topic 19: Publication Quality Maps

    • Exercise: Create Publication Quality Maps
  • Ocean Teacher Information Management Courses

    Ocean Teacher is a comprehensive e-Learning platform developed by the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) to help build equitable capacity related to ocean research, observations, and services in UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.  This series of presentations, short courses is focused on information management in the ocean sciences and is intended to be used in conjunction with classroom training. 

  • 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).  

  • Providing Access to Your Data: Access Mechanisms

    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 "Access Mechanisms".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.

    In this module, we plan to give you some background and context for the topic and describe its relevance to data management.  We’d like to introduce you to a way to think about the parties who can provide access to your data, and some of the mechanisms that might be used.  We’ll discuss some community considerations and resource considerations for access, and, finally describe some access mechanisms that can be offered by data centers.

  • Local Data Management: Providing Access to Your Data

    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 "Providing Access to Data". The module was authored by Matthew Mayernik from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 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).

    In this module, we will talk about how you can provide access to your data. Arguing that data should be openly available and why that is important, we’ll discuss funding agency requirements for making data available and accessible with a focus upon United States Government agencies. We’ll ask the question, who has responsibility for providing access to your data? Despite the diagram’s indication on this slide, it is individuals who need to take responsibility for providing access to their own data in various ways. To help you follow through on that responsibility, we’ll talk generally about the challenges involved in making data accessible. This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • Providing Access to Your Data: Rights

    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 "Rights".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.

    In this module, we will first provide some background and context on the topic of rights, discuss the relevance of rights to data management and then describe some options that you have for assigning rights, with examples. 

  • Responsible Data Use: Data Restrictions

    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 "Data Restrictions".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.  

  • Working with Your Archive: Broadening Your User Community

    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 "Broadening Your User Community".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.

    In this module, we will be discussing the relevance that broadening your user community has to data management as well as its advantages to you.  We will talk about ways to assess the current state of your data users, uses and gaps, then ways to develop a plan to broaden your user community.  Finally, we will discuss methods for broadening your user community initially and on an ongoing basis. 
    This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • Providing Access to Your Data: Tracking Data Usage

    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 "Tracking Data Usage".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Application Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.

    In this module, we will give you some background and context for this topic, and then describe its relevance to data management.  We’ll discuss what data usage can tell you about your data and where you can find usage information.  We’ll also briefly discuss the advantages of tracking data citations.

  • Providing Access to Your Data: Handling Sensitive Data

    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 "Handling Sensitive Data".  The module was authored by Robert R. Downs from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center which is operated by CIESIN – the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  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.

    In this module, we will tell you what sensitive data is and provide some background information about it.  We will discuss why it is important that you identify and manage sensitive data, particularly for science.  We’ll also talk about some important issues to discuss with your archive about managing the sensitive data.