- support the development of a holistic training and education curriculum in data-intensive environmental science, for delivery to environmental, social and computer scientists; and
- launch the curriculum through the creation or endorsement of international short courses, immersive winter and summer schools, and online learning modules.
Data Skills Curricula Framework
A Data Intensive Skills Curricula Framwork was released in September 2017. The Framework was endorsed by the Belmont Forum at its annual Plenary Meeting held in November.
The Curricula Framework outlines the critical elements of training meets these challenges with courses developed around five skills:
- Particulars of environmental data
- Data management
- Interdisciplinary data exchange
This curricula accommodates three specific audience levels: core skills to promote reproducibility and efficiency; a Principal Investigator course on team needs, planning, and management considerations throughout the entire data life cycle, and an optional section to introduce those with autonomous tasks to explore wider skills.
Implementation and Next Steps
A webinar on 19 April, 2018 was held to discuss the Curricula Framework and collaborative implementation options. The webinar was co-hosted by the BF e-I&DM project, ESIP’s Data Management Training Working Group, and the AGU/RDA/ESIP project.
The recommendations report is supplemented by an outcomes report, which details background information and practical considerations for the execution and delivery the curricula framework.
Results from a data skills survey deployed in December 2016 to researchers and data mangers generated a Skills Gap Analysis. The Analysis was reviewed during a Data Skills Curricula Development Workshop held in Vienna, Austria in April 2017. The workshop convened training experts from around the world, including representatives from CESSDA (European Social Science), CODATA, FOSTER, ESIP, DataONE, and more. Participants offered insight on curricula development, development and deployment of training, optimal outcomes, and a process for community consensus and renewal. More information is available on the Curricula Development Workshop page.
Action Theme 4 Leadership
Human Dimensions Champion, Vicky Lucas, works closely with the Coordination Office to drive the activities within this Action Theme. Vicky will manage the funding calls to identify suitable course providers (face-to-face and online), and develop and maintain an accessible database of training initiatives.
Vicky and the AT4 team have surveyed researchers, data managers, and others about existing training programs and opportunities that are being used and are of value, as well as identifying essential skills needed for everyday scientific research in the 21st century.