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Tools to enhance community driven data management education
Saraneh Fitzgerald is a recent graduate of the Clark University Geography program in Worcester, MA. Her research interests include melt ponding on Arctic sea ice, citizen science, tropical islands and atolls, and the effects of climate change on land-ocean boundaries. Her passion for open-source practices and community-driven data first developed during an undergraduate internship funded by the National Science Foundation in a project called “Citizen Science GIS”. She hopes to make more contributions to the open-source community throughout her career. Saraneh is a candidate for her Master’s degree in G.I.S., expected in Summer of 2019. Other activities and interests include running, snorkeling coral reefs, and nudibranchs.
DataONE supports synthesis research through enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental science data from across a network of integrated data repositories. Efficiencies to researchers can include reduced time in data discovery, refined search function resulting in more relevant data results and the ability to download data from multiple repositories among others. Researchers working in synthesis science, conducting systematic reviews or meta-analyses will benefit from using DataONE as a data search engine.
Over the past ten years DataONE has focused on both making earth and environmental data accessible, and also highlighting the importance of strong skills in data management for researchers. We have published data management education modules and led workshops to develop best practices. As a next step we have moved many of these materials to a community-based platform to increase their use and usability by the research community. Education materials are now being hosted through GitHub on our Data Management Skillbuilding Hub and we want users downloading, editing, and contributing to keeping them updated.
This project will develop technical tutorials concerning submission of material to the Skillbuilding Hub infrastructure (in GitHub) for a non-technical audience. These tutorials will be written in markdown as pages within the Hub and will provide support for the contribution of several different types of content. To ensure the longevity of these materials this internship will also support development of a method for assigning a DOI to each specific education resource in collaboration with the DataONE team. Usability of the tutorial and DOI creation will be assessed through the creation a survey, administered to the DataONE User Group and other identified parties. Feedback will be incorporated in finalized materials, to be launched on the Skillbuilding Hub.