Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Seminar: Database Management in the Natural Resource Sciences
We will meet every other Tuesday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM starting on Tuesday January 15, for a total of 6-7 meetings, in room MS 3-041.
Data is central to the scientific process, and the ability to manage data quickly and well increases the quality and productivity of your work. Investing a little critical thought in data management can therefore be a worthwhile investment, especially in an era when the volume of data at our disposal is increasing rapidly. The objectives of this seminar are to help students gain exposure to principles and tools for managing diverse sorts of data, and to help them think actively about the way that they manage their own data. Students at any career stage and from any discipline within NRS are welcome; we will benefit from a diversity of perspectives and experiences in this seminar.
The first meeting will include a discussion of data types in the natural resource sciences, an introduction to some basic concepts, and organization of the remaining meetings.
At each of the remaining meetings, a small group of students will lead a discussion on a major concept in data management (e.g. metadata, workflows, data ownership, etc.). The group will assign one or two key readings to help other students prepare for the discussion. The discussion itself will build from these readings into applications to our own work, highlighting challenges and opportunities, similarities and differences among sub-disciplines, etc. Shortly after each discussion, each student will turn in a short (1-2 paragraph) reflection on the seminar topic that week and how it does (or doesn’t) pertain to their own research and data.
Grading will be based on the series of reflection write-ups (each on a good/fair/missing scale), the leading of one discussion, and participation.