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2016-11-30 12:03:12 -0500 answered a question How does one join your dataoneorg slack group.

Head to http://slack.dataone.org/ and follow the instructions there to receive your invite. Once you have joined, our slack channel is located at: https://dataoneorg.slack.com/

2016-11-30 12:00:25 -0500 answered a question How does DataONE deal with varying matadata schemas?

The way in which DataONE functions is that each individual data repository (we call them Member Nodes once part of our network) installs Member Node repository software that enables the repository to communicate with our Coordinating Nodes. There are a couple of different products available (Metacat, GMN) which can be used as is, or (in the case of our “Generic Member Node”) configured to interoperate with an existing repository system. There is also the potential for custom development. Metacat uses Ecological Metadata Language (EML) as the metadata format while the GMN accepts multiple formats, as you mentioned. You can read more about the GMN here: https://www.dataone.org/software-tool.... Also, information on our Member Node deployment routes can be found at: https://www.dataone.org/member-node-d....

The DataONE Coordinating nodes host a complete copy of the metadata from each of the Member Nodes and support indexing and replication services. They do not host he data themselves, these remain on the Member Nodes.

Data is discovered by running a search query against the metadata catalog in the Coordinating Nodes via DataONE Search (search.dataone.org). When data is downloaded through the results page of DataONE Search, those data come from the Member Nodes.

2016-11-30 11:59:24 -0500 asked a question How does DataONE deal with varying matadata schemas?

Community question from the contact form: DataONE collects metadata from its member nodes. Those nodes accept data with different metadata schemas relevant to the submitting community's expertise. I read that DCMI is acceptable, as is FGDC, EML, etc. How does DataONE facilitate discovery and make sense of the disparate schemas without losing important information? Do you have the mother of all crosswalks???

2013-10-28 11:47:49 -0500 answered a question Where can I learn more about data management?

DataONE has a number of resources to support individuals / institutions in their data management needs.

Our Primer on Data Management is probably the best place to start. This is designed for the early user to learn more about the data life cycle, terms / techniques commonly applied to data management and best practices for the management of data. Written as a downloadable PDF, these recommendations link directly to our Best Practices database which highlight over 60 different expert recommended practices for managing data across all stages of the data life cycle, from file naming conventions to data integration to robust preservation. We also have a data management guide designed specifically for practitioners working with citizen science data.

When you are ready to start planning your data management, we have resources to help you. The Data Management Planning section of our website provides a summary of what is expected within a Data management Plan (DMP), example plans and also links out to the DMPTool, the product of a collaboration across a consortium of institutions and organizations, including DataONE. The DMPTool helps users create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies, meet funder requirements for data management plans, provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for building a data management plan provides information on resources and services available at your institution.

2013-10-28 11:27:36 -0500 answered a question Can I customize the slides in the Education Modules?

Short answer: Absolutely.

These modules were created with the intent of individual institutions, librarians, educators being able to download and customize them. They are available in Slideshare for pre download viewing (so you can check which module best meets your needs / expectations) and individual modules or the full set can be downloaded from the education section of the DataONE website. They are provided in powerpoint format, with the speaker notes attached, to make customization easier.
While the modules are released as CC0 - No rights reserved, we do ask that you provide appropriate citation and attribution to DataONE. Recommended citation information can be found on the modules page and to help us understand how the modules are being used, we would also appreciate your feedback. You can contact DataONE via http://www.dataone.org/contact.

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2013-05-01 11:25:10 -0500 edited answer How do I search for data on the DataONE Website?

You can use the DataONE search engine ONEMercury to find one or more datasets. You may do this in one of several ways:

  • From the DataONE home page at http://www.dataone.org locate the “search” box in the top center of the DataONE home page. ONEMercury appears as the default search engine. To search for data, enter a search term in the “for” box to the right of the “search” box and click “go”.
  • From that same DataONE home page, scroll down near the bottom and click on the picture of the ONEMercury search interface. This opens the ONEMercury search interface and provides access to its advanced search features.
  • You can go directly to the ONEMercury page at https://cn.dataone.org/onemercury/

As DataONE develops, other search interfaces will be added. Developers can also consult the DataONE API documentation for ways of enabling DataONE search in their applications.

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2013-05-01 10:12:18 -0500 answered a question What is a Member Node?

Member Nodes are organizations that are software enabled (have installed the DataONE Member Node software) to store, manage, and provide access to digital scientific data holdings as part of the DataONE federation of repositories. Member Nodes provide descriptive metadata to DataONE Coordinating Nodes to facilitate discovery and retrieval of data. Enabling access to data through DataONE provides users with additional tools (see the Investigator Toolkit) for data management, retrieval and analysis.

Member Nodes provide access to their own data, and may partner with other data holders to provide access to partner's data and metadata. Member Nodes may have direct connection with user communities and encompass a diversity of organizations, institutions, and capabilities. There are different functional tiers for Member Node services which recognizes that different organizations have different needs and capabilities.

For more information on Member Nodes see: https://www.dataone.org/member-nodes

2013-05-01 09:57:42 -0500 edited answer What is a Member Node?

Member Nodes are organizations that are software enabled (have installed the DataONE Member Node software) to store, manage, and provide access to digital scientific data holdings as part of the DataONE federation of repositories. Member Nodes provide descriptive metadata to DataONE Coordinating Nodes facilitating discovery and retrieval of the data records. Enabling access to data through DataONE provides users with additional tools (see the Investigator Toolkit) for data management, retrieval and analysis.

Member Nodes provide access to their own data, and may partner with other data holders to provide access to partner's data and metadata. Member Nodes may have direct connection with user communities and encompass a diversity of organizations, institutions, and capabilities. There are different tiers of partnering with DataONE as a Member Node, recognizing that different organizations have different needs and capabilities.

For more information on Member Nodes see: https://www.dataone.org/member-nodes

2013-05-01 09:55:02 -0500 edited answer What is the Investigator Toolkit?

The Investigator Toolkit (ITK) is the set of software tools that have been "DataONE enabled" so that users of the software are able to access, contribute, and work with data exposed through DataONE. Examples of ITK software include Morpho, DataUp, and an R-client. The ITK is a core part of the DataONE architecture, arising from the understanding that DataONE needs to work with the tools that people are already using, as well as those tools which the broader community will develop in the future. Different scientific domains and different types of users will need a wide variety of tools to create, manage, and analyze data.

Further information and a list of current tools within the ITK can be found at the DataONE Investigator Toolkit page.
For information on how to enable software to work with DataONE as part of the ITK, see the DataONE Architecture Documentation.

2013-05-01 09:43:39 -0500 answered a question What institutions are currently DataONE Member Nodes?

A current list of DataONE Member Nodes can be found here: http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes

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2013-05-01 09:37:09 -0500 edited question What institutions are currently DataONE Member Nodes?

Where do I find more information about the current DataONE Member Nodes?

2013-04-30 14:43:37 -0500 edited answer Can you help us ensure our data management program (plan) meets federal requirements?

While there are common elements to data management plans, different agencies have varying requirements. The DMPTool is a good resource to begin with and contains a structured checklist for multiple Funding Agencies. You can learn about and access the DMPTool here http://www.dataone.org/data-management-planning.

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