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Data Management and Manipulation

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Marine Biological Association

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Citadel Hill

Plymouth

PL1 2PB

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The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to scientific data management and manipulation, with specific focus on marine biological data. This course will provide students with the basic knowledge to move into more technical and data intensive science.

The course runs from 9.30 - 16.30 and is structured as follows:

9.30 - What is data management?
The first part of the day will be focussed on the reasons why good data management is important. Students will be introduced to the concepts of open access and open source data products and services. Students will also be introduced to the idea of big data, automation and the services and tools to facilitate data citation and reuse.

9.45 - An introduction to standards.

This part of the training will focus on introducing students to the basics of data standards. Students will learn about standardised field names, the importance of file naming conventions and the importance of robust quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA). Students will also be introduced to real-world data standards used in industry, such as the Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN) data standards.

Students will also learn that by using standards it will be easier to interact with their data programmatically.

11.00 - Coffee

11.15 - An introduction to metadata.
In this section students will learn about the importance of metadata. Students will be taught what metadata is, why metadata is used with scientific datasets and the importance of describing data correctly and fully. They will be introduced to real-world metadata standards used in industry, such as the MEDIN metadata standard.

13.00 - Lunch

14.00 - An introduction to relational databases.
The final part of the day will focus on introducing students to relational databases. Students will be given insight into the theory behind relational databases, why they are important and how they work. Students will also be given practical, hands-on, experience in using relational databases.

A key point in this session will be to explain the practical differences between relational databases and spreadsheets, their pros and cons and when to use one versus the other. This session will tie in the other sessions on metadata and data standards and students will be introduced to how products and services are built on standardised relational databases with standardised and comprehensive metadata.

FAQs

Are my expenses convered?

Yes. After the event, contact the organiser (finance@mba.ac.uk) with your expenses claims and they will arrange for reimbursement .


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking at the Marine Biological Association is for staff only. However, there are numerous hotels within 5 minutes' walk of the venue. If you feel you have to drive there is pay-and-display parking along the road leading to the venue.

What can I bring into the event?

We are suggesting attendees bring their own laptops, but we can provide if necessary (ours are just a bit slow). All practicals are platform independent.

If brining your own laptop it must have installed:
- Office software (Excel, Word etc.).

- Python 3
- PostgreSQL(a SQL database software).

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Citadel Hill

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PL1 2PB

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