Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Data Management (Training) Workshop
Roman Gerlach, Jitendra Gaikwad, Birgitta Koenig-Ries, Town Peterson

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 11
Date: 2014-10-29 09:00 AM – 09:20 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-16


In recent years there have been a number of initiatives to provide scientists with proper data management tools for biodiversity data. No matter how sophisticated these tools are, there still seems to be a gap between the technical capabilities of these systems and the scientists’ acceptance and willingness to use these tools. Being aware that this issue needs to be addressed from both sides, with this workshop we would like to focus on the users only. We would like to bring together practitioners in research data management, experts in capacity building and training, university lecturers, and users to discuss the following questions:

  • What data management skills are required by biologists/ecologists?
  • How much data management should be in the B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD curricula of bio/eco science studies?
  • Do scientists need to know about (meta)data standards?
  • What teaching and training methods are being used?
  • What are your experiences in teaching data management to biology and ecology students?
  • How to increase scientists’ motivation to do proper data management?

This workshop is meant to be a discussion forum for people involved or interested in the topic. The aim is to collect firsthand experience from the community and synthesize them into a report.