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July 2011 DataONE Newsletter

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July 2011 DataONE Newsletter

News Report No. 4 (7 July 2011)
William Michener, Amber Budden, and Rebecca Koskela – University of New Mexico; Dave Vieglais – University of Kansas

DataONE continues to make significant progress through the spring and summer of 2011 and is on track to release the first public version of its cyberinfrastructure at the end of 2011. In addition, significant effort has focused on developing educational resources, including a Data Management Planning Online Tool that will soon be released by a consortium of partners including the California Digital Library, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Smithsonian Institution, University of Virginia Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Digital Curation Centre, and DataONE. We have much to report, so this newsletter focuses on the progress related to infrastructure development. The next upcoming newsletter will feature results of the DataONE Users Group meeting and additional activities of the Community Engagement Working Groups.
Cyberinfrastructure Progress

DataONE, ORNL DAAC and USGS co-organize a workshop on data management for early career scientists

Individuals from DataONE, ORNL DAAC and USGS will be running a 4 hour workshop at the ESA meeting in Austin TX on data management. Designed with early career scientists in mind, the purpose of this workshop is to give attendees a set of practical tools for organizing and sharing their data through all parts of the research cycle. Topics will include data structure, quality control, data documentation, and the importance of good data management practices for data sharing, collaboration, and data re-use.

Visit DataONE at the ESA in Austin

In addition to hosting a workshop and special session at the 2011 Ecological Society of America meeting in Austin, TX this August, DataONE will be at booth 605 for the week. Come and visit us to learn more about how DataONE can help meet your research goals, discover some of the new developments in Data Management Planning tools and find out about upcoming DataONE online teaching resources.

Walter E. Dean Environmental Information Management Institute - Earn six credits in three weeks!

When: Monday, May 23 -- Friday, June 10, 2011

Where: University of New Mexico, Informatics Training Laboratory

Who: This course is for MS students and professionals with a BS in biology, geology, ecology, or other environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geography or science librarianship

March 2011 DataONE Newsletter

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March 2011 DataONE Newsletter

News Report No. 3 (25 March 2011) – Bill Michener, PI

Spring weather seems to be upon us. This past winter was an especially productive time for DataONE and there are many significant activities to report on including: cyberinfrastructure development, Working Groups, the new DataONE Users Group, and the DataONE External Advisory Board. Notably, DataONE underwent a critical 18-month review and passed with flying colors. The Review Panel had many good questions and suggestions for us to consider as we move forward as a project and as a member of the DataNet Federation of DataNet partners. Below, I summarize some of the recent progress and highlight some of the exciting activities on the short-term horizon.
CI Developments

DataONE federated data system highlighted in Science article

Reichman, Jones, and Schildhauer write about the technological and sociological challenges and opportunities of an open data model for ecology in Science (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1197962). The authors discuss the technological approaches to issues of data dispersion, heterogeneity, and provenance in ecology, and show how a federated data system like DataONE can play a pivotal role in open, reproducible science.

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