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DataUp at #ESA2012

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<a href=””><img class=”alignleft wp-image-1037″ title=”IMG_0502″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”368″ height=”368″ /></a>I’m spending this week in Portland to attend the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting</a>.  If you are a long-timer of the blog, you might remember I <a title=”ESA 2011 Meeting, Austin TX” href=”″ target=”_blank”>was at ESA last year</a> to collect requirements for DataUp (then DCXL) and reported on <a title=”Quantitative Results From the ESA Conference” href=”″ target=”_blank”>data sharing among ecologists</a>.  Unfortunately I’m not presenting on DataUp specifically, but rather I’m here to tout the merits of <a href=”” target=”_blank”>DataONE</a>. (This includes serving as one of the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>DataONE booth babes</a>).  I’m anxious to showcase DataUp to the ESA crowd, but our public release isn’t until September… so I’m resisting the urge to show off the tool.  With <a title=”Looking for something? DataONE can help” href=”″ target=”_blank”>DataONE going live</a> a few weeks ago, there is plenty to talk about with ESA attendees.

That said, there are all kinds of great things to see at ESA this week. DataONE sponsored a <a href=”” target=”_blank”>workshop on data management</a> this past Sunday where there were quite a few questions about DataUp.  I also participated in a <a href=”” target=”_blank”>session on data management planning </a>yesterday, and will take part in a <a href=”” target=”_blank”>panel discussion today</a> over lunch about the culture of data sharing in Ecology.  Rest assured that DataUp will be mentioned during that discussion!  Other must-sees at ESA: the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>session I organized with Josh Tewksbury and Steph Hampton on the future of ecology</a> (Wednesday) and the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>workshop on using R to find ecological data</a> (Thursday).

If you happen to be at ESA this year, stop by the DataONE booth and say hello.  You can use the new <a href=”” target=”_blank”>ONE-Mercury search engine</a> to search DataONE repositories for data, chat with me about DataUp, and eat tasty chocolates.

Despite the NSF requirement for data management plans, I get the feeling that folks still haven’t gotten on board with learning about data management and sharing.  It will be fun to attend #ESA2013, showcase DataUp, and see how the culture has evolved.

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