A growing library of scholarly articles citing Ag Data Commons datasets is now available at https://www.zotero.org/groups/925027/ag_data_commons/items/collectionKey.... The references are stored using the Zotero reference management tool, with separate collections for citations to Ag Data Commons datasets, ADC "Data Paper" datasets, and citations to Dr. Dukes databases. The library can be accessed in any browser. For more information about Zotero visit https://www.zotero.org. To add a reference to the library, please contact NAL-ADC-curator@ars.usda.gov.

Data Science and Agriculture - Webinar
Tuesday, May 22 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

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Join us for our next webinar where University of Maryland iSchool Fellows Shivam Saith and Akshat Pant discuss applications and aspects of data science as it relates to agriculture.

  • Shivam will present "An analysis of the trends in nutrient sentiments across the years (1980-Present)," where he discusses creating visualizations to display trends in sentiments for the 6 essential nutrients in official USDA Dietary Guidelines.

  • Akshat will present "Analysis of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the NAL Thesaurus," where he discusses how he sought to analyze the agriculturally relevant data in GBIF using information from the NAL Thesaurus.

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Each month we offer a webinar with topics ranging from introduction for new users to topics with a more targeted focus. We also leave time for organized question and answer periods. To join us for any of the upcoming webinars, you can:

  • Email NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov. We will mail the join information to you for this and future webinars.
  • Check back here in the news section for the next webinar's connect information. Please note each meeting number will be different.

If there are any topics you want to see covered, please let us know. We may be able to incorporate them into upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, May 22 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT - Data Science and Agriculture
Tuesday, June 26 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT- Creating Data Dictionaries
Tuesday, July 24 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT - What's New? Updated Features in the Ag Data Commons

Ag Data Commons Metrics

The Ag Data Commons has been live since 2015. For the first time, you can see interactive visualizations of our monthly activity metrics. Visit the Ag Data Commons Metrics Page to see how we have grown over the past two years. For example, our community of submitters is larger, recent harvests have expanded the number of agencies we support, and our datasets are getting downloaded and cited. You can also now see live statistics.

Making Data Machine-Readable - Webinar

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Join us for our next webinar and learn how to format data and other digital materials to be machine-readable.

Making Data Machine-Readable Webinar
Tuesday, April 24 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

This webinar is a basic overview of machine-readable data. We will cover:

  • What machine-readable data is
  • Why we prefer machine-readable data over other digital formats where possible
  • Characteristics of machine-readable data
  • How to convert tabular data to a machine-readable format
  • Time for questions

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Each month we offer a webinar with topics ranging from introduction for new users to topics with a more targeted focus. We also leave time for organized question and answer periods. To join us for any of the upcoming webinars, you can:

  • Email NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov. We will mail the join information to you for this and future webinars.
  • Check back here in the news section for the next webinar's connect information. Please note each meeting number will be different.

If there are any topics you want to see covered, please let us know. We may be able to incorporate them into upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT - Making Data Machine Readable
Tuesday, May 22 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT - Metrics and the Ag Data Commons
Tuesday, June 26 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT - What's New? Updated Features in the Ag Data Commons

Creating a Data Management Plan Webinar

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Join us for our next webinar and learn how to create a data management plan.

Creating a Data Management Plan
Tuesday, March 20 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST

This webinar is a basic overview of a data management plan (DMP). We will cover:

  • What a data management plan is
  • Why we create DMPs
  • Overview of the components of a DMP
  • Review of an actual DMP section by section
  • Time for questions

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Each month we offer a webinar with topics ranging from introduction for new users to topics with a more targeted focus. We also leave time for organized question and answer periods. To join us for any of the upcoming webinars, you can:

  • Email NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov. We will mail the join information to you for this and future webinars.
  • Check back here in the news section for the next webinar's connect information. Please note each meeting number will be different.

If there are any topics you want to see covered, please let us know. We may be able to incorporate them into upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, March 20 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - Creating a Data Management Plan
Tuesday, April 24 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - Making Data Machine Readable
Tuesday, May22 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - What's New? Updated Features in the Ag Data Commons

Editors at Springer Nature's Scientific Data recently added Ag Data Commons to its list of recommended repositories. This means USDA-funded researchers can now submit a Data Descriptor article to Scientific Data for peer review of data deposited in the Ag Data Commons. For instructions on the submission process, see https://www.nature.com/sdata/publish .

Ag Data Commons 2018 First Quarter Webinar Schedule

The Ag Data Commons announces its upcoming schedule of monthly webinars! Each month we will offer a webinar with topics ranging from introduction for new users to topics with a more targeted focus, as well as time for organized question and answer periods. To join us for any of the upcoming webinars, please email NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov to have the join information emailed to you for future webinars, or check back here for the next meeting's connect information, as each meeting number will be different. If there are any topics you are especially interested in, please let us know and we may be able to incorporate them into one of the upcoming webinars.

First Quarter Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, February 20 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - Introduction to the Ag Data Commons
Tuesday, March 20 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - Creating a Data Management Plan
Tuesday, April 24 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST - TBD

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Introduction to the Ag Data Commons
Tuesday, February 20 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST

This webinar is a basic introduction to the Ag Data Commons . It is intended for researchers who may be submitting data to Ag Data Commons. We will focus on creating datasets and uploading data resources, rather than how to find and use datasets that others have submitted. We will cover:

  • A brief overview of the Ag Data Commons system, including what to submit
  • How to create and edit a dataset
  • How to add a data resource
  • How to submit your dataset for review
  • Other tips for using the Ag Data Commons for individuals and groups

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The original air date of this webinar has passed, but you can view our Ag Data Commons User Instruction Series on the National Agricultural Library's YouTube channel. These video tutorials review much of the webinar's live demo content.

Webinar: Introduction to the Ag Data Commons

Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST

Join us for a webinar geared toward beginner Ag Data Commons users on Tuesday, November 28 from 1-2PM EST. We will give a brief overview of the Ag Data Commons, walk users through the submission process, and have some time for questions. This webinar is intended for researchers who may be submitting data to Ag Data Commons. We will focus on creating datasets and uploading or linking to data resources, rather than how to find and use datasets that others have submitted. We will cover:

• A brief overview of the Ag Data Commons system, including what to submit
• How to create and edit a dataset
• How to add a data resource
• How to submit your dataset for review
• Other tips for using the Ag Data Commons for individuals and groups

Contact NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov to request a calendar invitation containing a link to join the webinar.

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The original air date of this webinar has passed, but you can view our Ag Data Commons User Instruction Series on the National Agricultural Library's YouTube channel. These video tutorials review much of the webinar's live demo content.

The NAL's Knowledge Services website recently added the new Guidelines for Data Management Planning, with the support of the Ag Data Commons team, who are available to provide assistance with Data Management Plans (DMPs). The guidelines follow US Federal public access and open data directives and also comply with a broad range of current funding agency requirements. Typical DMP components are described, with examples for many agricultural research domains, as well as links to sample DMPs.

The Ag Data Commons celebrates the publication of our 300th dataset record today! Thank you to all the researchers who created dataset records to make their data more open and accessible.