Home / Meetings / IMBIZO / IMBIZO III / Data Management Workshop

Data Management Workshop

Sunday 27 January 2013, 09:00-17:00

The objectives of this workshop are to enhance awareness of the need to establish data management procedures early in the research process, to highlight the advantages arising when such procedures are followed, and to provide real-world examples of these data management procedures as implemented in IMBER research projects. An additional goal is to cover recommendations specific to management of social science data, and to identify any gaps that might exist in the data management needs of IMBER research projects

Workshop conveners: Cyndy Chandler, Todd O´Brien and Bernard Avril

 

This one-day workshop will introduce good data management practices highlighting specific recommendations included in the IMBER Data Management Cookbook (www.imber.info/index.php/Science/Working-Groups/Data-Management/Cookbook).  IMBER research projects generate and require access to a large variety of data. For data to be fully used, they must be made available and must also be organized and documented in a way that supports accurate re-use by colleagues. Until recently, IMBER’s focus has been mainly on the natural sciences. However its scope also includes the human dimensions of open and coastal waters ecosystems and there is now a need to also plan for the management of social science data (sensus largo), and for further integration of datasets from multiple sources and disciplines.

The objectives of this workshop are to enhance awareness of the need to establish data management procedures early in the research process, to highlight the advantages arising when such procedures are followed, and to provide real-world examples of these data management procedures as implemented in IMBER research projects. An additional goal is to cover recommendations specific to management of social science data, and to identify any gaps that might exist in the data management needs of IMBER research projects.

Programme

   
09:00-09:15

 Introduction to IMBER – Eileen Hofmann (Old Dominion University; IMBER SSC Chair)

Our ideas about natural systems and their variability will change over time, as will the most pressing issues that need to be addressed. The data generated by IMBER project researchers are an important part of the IMBER legacy and have great value for research initiatives in the future.

What are the expectations regarding IMBER-related data and is there a need for specific aspects of data management that are not yet provided by IMBER?

09:15-10:00

Dealing with both social and natural science data – Motivation for this IMBER Data Management workshop

  • Sarah Cooley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; IMBER Human Dimensions WG member) - Ocean Acidification as Data Management Case Study
  • Bob Branton (Data Management Director, Ocean Tracking Network, OTN) - Marine Fishes as a data management case study

Presentation of case studies relating to these two important IMBER activities that involve both social and natural science data. The challenges and issues that the integration of such data/knowledge creates will be considered. Analysis of lessons learned and opportunities for improved research outcomes or insights.

10:00-10:45

Why does IMBER need Data Management?

  • Todd O´Brien (US NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service; IMBER Data Management Committee member) - Why does IMBER need Data Management? Experiences from the marine natural sciences
  • Alida Bundy (Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Bedford Institute of Oceanography; IMBER Human Dimensions WG Co-Chair) - Data management for the IMBER Human Dimensions Working Group

Presentations that highlight the benefits of good marine natural and social science data management.

10:45-11:15 BREAK
11:15-13:00

Data management in marine science and other relevant research fields

  • Cyndy Chandler (US Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office, BCO-DMO; IMBER Data Management Committee member) - The Data Life Cycle ~ Oceanographic Research Data
  • Stéphane Pesant (PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, UniHB/MARUM/AWI) - Marine data integration from - omics to biogeochemistry, biodiversity and ecosystem research
  • Alex de Sherbinin (Center for International Earth Science Information Network, CIESIN; and NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, SEDAC) - Social science data management and data integration for global change research
  • Amy Pienta (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, ICPSR) - Social Science Data in an Integrated Context
  • Pankajakshan Thadathil (CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography) - Oceanographic Data Management: National Perspective
     
  • Y.K. Somayajulu (Indian Oceanographic Data Center, National Institute of Oceanography) - Oceanographic Database System at NIO, GOA: Recent Improvements

Presentations of good data management practices for different types of data/research. Topics discussed will include: data management vocabulary, the basics of metadata, data interoperability, data sharing barriers and opportunities. Reference will be made to the IMBER Data Management Cookbook, the GCMD – IMBER project metadata registration, as well as specific elements related to non-geo-referenced data and personal or statistical human-related data and information.

13:00-14:30 LUNCH
14:30-15:30

Panel discussion: Panel of experts and practitioners

Key issues identified by panel members and earlier speakers (e.g., metadata, open access, challenges, strategies and solutions for integrating natural and social science data, new data practices, experience sharing) will be discussed, followed by topics and questions raised by the audience.

Facilitator: Bernard Avril (IMBER Executive Officer)

15:30-16:00 BREAK
16:00-16:30 Open discussion with panellists (continued)
16:30-17:00

Conclusion and next steps – Eileen HofmannCyndy Chandler, Todd O´Brien

Review of the issues raised during the discussion, and possible next steps for the IMBER Data Management Committee.