ESA 2019 Data Help Desk

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Ecological Society of America
Arctic Data Center

Data ONE

Environmental Data Initiative

Earth Science Information Partners

Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Integrated Digitized Collections

The National Ecological Observatory Network

Date: August 11 - 16, 2019
Louisville, KY

About the Data Help Desk

For the second year ecological data repositories and data specialists will collaborate at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting to add a Data Help Desk (DHD) to the Poster/Exhibition Hall. The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), iDigBio, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), DataONE, GBIF, NEON and Arctic Data Center will each engage participants one-on-one about their questions, comments and concerns about using these data in their discipline and area of research. The conference is in Louisville, Kentucky from August 11 - 16, 2019.

In addition to a collaborative outreach booth, the DHD members join the ESA 2019 career fair called Career Central presenting on topics to help ESA foster the professional development of its members. The schedule below summarizes these career fair contributions. After this conference, all the materials developed for this event can be found linked on this page.

Schedule of Presentations/Software Demos

Day Time Speakers Title Description
Monday 2:30-3:00 Deborah Paul (iDigBio) Challenges Using Biodiversity Data: examples of what to look for Getting data from multiple sources means work to merge the information into a cohesive synthetic dataset. When preparing your datasets, find out about some issues to be aware of and to test for before you apply your research methods.
Monday 3:00-3:30 Dave Vieglais/Amber Budden (DataONE) DataONE Skillbuilding Hub Access and contribute to open data management education materials through a single community based hub.
Monday 3:30 - 4:30 Kristin Vanderbilt (EDI/FCE LTER)/Amber Budden (DataONE)/Kyle Copas (GBIF) Intro to the Data Life Cycle,FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) Data, and Data Citation Learn about the FAIR guiding principles of research data management and data citation in the context of the Data Life Cycle.
Tuesday 3:00-3:30 Karl Benedict (ESIP/UNM Libraries) ESIP Data Management Training Clearinghouse Learn how to find and share online learning resources for research data management using the ESIP Data Management Training Clearinghouse.
Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Amber Budden (DataONE)/Jeanette Clark (Arctic Data Center) Creating a Data Management Plan A comprehensive plan that describes how your data will be effectively managed during the life of the project and beyond is a valuable research tool in addition to a funder requirement. Learn the critical components of effective data management plans and explore tools that can support you in writing DMPs.
Wednesday 11:30-1:15 Deborah Paul (iDigBio)/Karl Benedict (ESIP/UNM Libraries) Data Cleaning for Analysis and Publication Using R and OpenRefine Software Packages Data start life with issues: inconsistent content, missing values, entry errors, multiple values in single columns, and many others. Before any analysis or visualization can be done these issues must be resolved. This workshop will demonstrate processes within OpenRefine and R for making your data analysis ready and improving reproducibility.
Wednesday 2:30 -3:00 Kelsey Yule (NEON)/Nico Franz (ASU) Exploring the NEON Biorepository data portal with Symbiota and R Discover the NEON Biorepository data portal via Symbiota software. Find out how you can access this wealth of ecological data using R.
Wednesday 3:00 - 3:30 Jeanette Clark (Arctic Data Center/NCEAS) How to Create a Comprehensive Metadata Record Quality metadata enhances the discovery of your data and facilitiates reproducible research. Learn the principles of creating a comprehensive metadata recordin this 30 minute session.
Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 Deborah Paul (iDigBio)/ Margaret O'Brien (EDI)/Jeanette Clark (ADC)/Amber Budden (DataONE)/Christine Laney (NEON)/ (GBIF) Lightning Talks Introducing Data Repositories and Metadata Aggregators Learn about data repositories where you can deposit your datasets to meet funder or publisher requirements, as well as other services that provide data or support data discovery.
Thursday 3:00-3:30 Laura Brenskelle (iDigBio/VertNet) Use the RiDigBio API to Access Biocollections Biodiversity Data Get access to over 119 million natural science collection records across the tree of life. Discover trait data and media records using R in support of reproducible research.
Thursday 3:30-4:30 Dmitry Schigel (GBIF)/Bill Michener (DataONE) How to Publish a Data Paper Data papers published as unstructured narratives can be challenging for data discovery, integration, and reuse. Alternative data paper models are available. We will outline the current status of data papers and show the main principles of data paper writing using the GBIF page: