Pre-Meeting Workshop

Workshop 1

Managing heterogeneous data in ecology (GFÖ Data management Workshop)

Introduction:
Ecology is an inherently cross disciplinary science that has grown into a very collaborative and data intensive science over the last decade. A multitude of highly heterogeneous data from relatively small datasets sum up to massive amounts of data. Unfortunately many ecological projects lack a sophisticated data management that allows to prepare data for long term preservation and thus many valuable data still gets lost over time. This data however is crucial for improving our understanding of ecosystem functioning and we thus need to make use of available and efficient tools to harmonize, describe (metadata) and preserve our data for future generations of research.

In this workshop we show you how to set up and use your own data management platform with the open source data management software BEFdata [1]. We will learn how to create metadata in EML (Ecological Metadata Language [2]) format, upload, harmonize and share data with others using the BEFdata portal as well as a we show how to access your data and metadata stored on the platform from within the famous data analysis framework R for seamless data analysis in your project with rbefdata [3]. Additionally we will also have a look into the metadata creation and handling in R using the new EML R package from the rOpenSci project.

Schedule:
Participants do not need programming skills to create metadata, upload, and manage data, although a basic knowledge of the R statistical software or similar scripting programming languages will be helpful for profiting most from our rbefdata and the EML R package.

[1] BEFdata: https://github.com/befdata/befdata ; http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/ ; Nadrowski, K. et al. (2013). Harmonizing, annotating and sharing data in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4, 201-205, DOI: 10.1111/2041-210x.12009
[2] EML: http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/eml/
[3] rbefdata: http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rbefdata/ ; https://github.com/befdata/rbefdata


Dates: Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September 2014
Time: 6.9.2014 10:00 - 16:00, 7.9.2014 10:00 - 16:00
Place: University of Hildesheim
Room number: D 108
Number of participants: 5 - 15
Cost of participation: 30€ (including food and drinks)
Tutors: Claas-Thido Pfaff, Karin Nadrowski, University Leipzig, http://www.uni-leipzig.de/spezbot

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Workshop 2

Skills' sharing among leaders to enhance the conservation and management of the world's most precious biodiversity

It is undisputable that all over the world biodiversity is currently facing big challenges of various types of problems regardless of the fact that the numbers of biologists/conservationists has also increased during the last two decades. As a result of high ecosystem degradation in several parts of the world, many species have become on the brink of extinction and ecosystems are no longer suitable for them. Despite of the fact that new advanced technologies are produced and available as tools to measure threats in order to prevent the extinction of species, we are still unable to stop the trends of decrease. However, some good results of research also occurred, but they are not often known or shared. The lack of exchanges between researchers remains a problem although experiences should be continuously shared between scientists. It is a must for all scientists to act as leaders in order to make impacts wherever they are/teach/work to prevent extinction. This workshop will be an opportunity and a step to build a strong network between scientists to share results/problems/ experiences and solutions in order to enhance the conservation and management of the world's most precious biodiversity before it is too late.

Dates: Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September 2014
Time: 6.9.2014 10:00 - 16:00; 7.9.2014 10:00 - 16:00
Place: University of Hildesheim
Room number: G 209
Number of participants: max. 25
Cost of participation: 30€ (including food and drinks)
Tutor: Jonah Ratsimbazafy, GERP, Madagascar

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