ESIP Data Management for Scientists Short Course

  • Preserving the Scientific Record: Establishing Relationships with Archives

    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 “Establishing Relationships with Archives".  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 presentation we are going to talk about archives, what they do and how they work. We’ll talk about how it’s important for data to be archived formally within archives in order to be understandable and useable over a long time period. There are many data archives for Earth Science data, so there should be one or more that are particularly appropriate for your data.


    We will discuss a few ways that building relationships with archives happen, including discussions about what data you have, where your data will go and how you should go about getting set up with a data archive. This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.   

  • Preserving the Scientific Record: Preserving a Record of Environmental Change

    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 ìPreserving a Record of Environmental Change.î 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 be discussing a category of the scientific record that is particularly important to preserve. This module is availablin in both presentation slide and video formats.   

  • Preserving the Scientific Record: Case Study 1 - National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Glacier Photos

    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 “Case Study 1 – National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Glacier Photos".  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).  This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats. 

  • Preserving the Scientific Record: Case Study 2 - Arctic Temperature Variability 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 “Case Study 2 – Arctic Temperature Variability 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 are going to discuss how preserving a record of environmental change involves preserving natural artifacts as well as the measurements gathered from them, looking in particular at a case study of Arctic climate variability data.  In this case study, the data are proxy measurements not actual temperature readings.  The proxy measurements were used to produce a study of past climate variability.  These data were archived with the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and have been used as a basis for other studies. We will also discuss how data re-use requires long term archiving, and thorough documentation.  This modulle is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • The Case for Data Stewardship: Preserving the Scientific Record

    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 "Preserving the scientific record".  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 be talking about what the scientific record is, why it’s important, and why and how preservation of this kind of data is important. This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • The Case for Data Stewardship: Enhancing Your Reputation

    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 "Enhancing Your Reputation." This 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’re going to talk about reputation, that is, why reputation is important. In particular, we’ll talk about how reputation is important in the context of data management, as well as some other important aspects of reputation. This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • Agency Requirements: NASA Data Management Plans

    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 “Case Study 2 – Arctic Temperature Variability 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 be giving you specific information about what kinds of requirements the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has for data management plans (DMPs).   The goal of this module is not to take a step by step walk through of the process of creating a NASA approved data management plan.  Rather, we plan to give you an overview of what NASA is looking for and, more importantly, places to go to get more information.  This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

  • 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.  

  • Agency Requirements: NSF Data Management Plans

    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 "NSF Data Management Plans".  The module was authored by Ruth Duerr from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.  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).

    If you’ve done any proposal writing for the National Science Foundation (NSF), you know that NSF now requires that all proposals be accompanied by a data management plan that can be no longer than two pages.   The data management plans are expected to respond to NSF’s existing policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.  You can find a description of this policy in the NSF Award and Administration Guide to which we provide a link later in this module. In addition, we should note that the NSF’s proposal submission system, Fastlane, will not accept a proposal that does not have a data management plan attached as a supplementary document.

    Individual directorates may have specific guidance for data management plans. For example, the Ocean Sciences Division specifies that data be available within two years after acquisition. Specifications for some individual directorates may provide a list of places where you must archive your data and what you should do if none of the archives in the list can take your data. They may also have additional requirements for both annual and final reporting beyond the general case requirements from NSF.  In addition, individual solicitations may have program specific guidelines to which you need to pay attention.  This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.