Data Management Training Modules: An Initial Survey and Comparison Result (Funding Friday)

     Focusing on the need for basic yet broad perspective training resources, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Data Conservancy to produce the “ESIP Data Management for Scientists Short Course” (Short Course) from 2011 to 2013.  The current Short Course syllabus consists of a collection of 35 independent informational modules that cover a wide range of data management topics.  As ESIP is considering updates and new development of the Short Course, it is assessing training resources that are also being generated in parallel by other organizations for overlaps and complementarities.  
     This poster presents the results of an initial survey assessing the extant data management training resources in the earth and geosciences.  Using the ESIP Short Course as the baseline, a comparison with different training modules/courses created by other types of organizations was performed in order to understand the current needs for data management training and to build effective training resources.  Consequently, the poster summarizes the common topics presented in the training modules/courses as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each training module/course with respect to its content and its presentation style.  In conclusion, the poster recommends a list of missing topics and desirable features or characteristics that could be considered when designing the ESIP’s next generation training resource in order to improve and enhance the effective of data management training.
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