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Ag Data Commons - Relaunch
August 5, 2019

The National Agricultural Library’s Ag Data Commons has deployed updates to our look, feel, and function. And the BETA tag is gone!

Submit data* to the Ag Data Commons to meet FAIR data requirements of journals when you submit manuscripts, or public access requirements of funders such as NIFA.

Updates include:

  • New home page design and custom theme
  • Improved support for dataset collections
  • Added new 'Agricultural Economics' category
  • Added 'Software & Tools' tab
  • Improved citation of scholarly publications
  • Re-engineered field collections to support DKAN Paragraphs
  • Added ability to filter by Resources in addition to Datasets, with counts of each content type displayed

Watch for new webinars and training opportunities covering these changes. We welcome your comments and questions at: https://www.nal.usda.gov/ask-question.

*Or pointers to your data or software

Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar
April 25, 2019

Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar

In this webinar, National Agricultural Library (NAL) representatives Erin Antognoli and Cyndy Parr describe NAL’s data repository, Ag Data Commons, its purpose and how to use it. They also provide guidance on data dictionaries and data management planning. View the recorded webinar on YouTube and find the presentation on SlideShare.

Dr. Anne Mims Adrian, PUSH Open Data Project Manager, Auburn University, hosted the webinar on behalf of Auburn University.

Ag Data Commons entered in key FAIR data registries
February 12, 2019

Ag Data Commons supports open data discovery and access, and meets the criteria for inclusion in authoritative registries such as FAIRsharing, Re3Data, COPDESS, and DataCite, which collectively promote scientific standards, policies, and databases/repositories for the research community, funders, and publishers. We encourage citation of the Ag Data Commons in papers where the overall repository is mentioned, using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25504/FAIRsharing.83wDfe or https://doi.org/10.17616/R3G051 .

Web of Science's Data Citation Index
October 3, 2018

Ag Data Commons has been selected for inclusion in Clarivate Analytics' Data Citation Index on the Web of Science platform. This index contains searchable bibliographic records for data and software objects for a global audience of scholarly researchers, bringing wider exposure and impact measures for material deposited in Ag Data Commons. More information about the Data Citation Index can be found at https://clarivate.com/products/web-of-science/web-science-form/data-cita....

ORCID
September 12, 2018

Ag Data Commons is assisting in the initiative to get USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists registered for ORCID IDs — consistent identifiers for scientists, researchers, and authors — and to have those ORCIDs connected to ARS.

ORCID shows the impact of your USDA research and enhances discovery and access to research outcomes and products across USDA.
If you are an ARS scientist, please visit https://digitop.nal.usda.gov/orcid for more information, including training and outreach resources:

  • How to Connect an Existing ORCID iD to USDA (PDF)
  • How to Register and Connect an ORCID iD to USDA (PDF)
  • ARS Inform & Engage: ORCID Researcher IDs and Your Research 9/6/2018 (Slides in PDF on AXON)
  • ORCID Help
  • ORCID Knowledge Base
  • ORCID on Vimeo
Introduction to GeoData webinar
September 10, 2018

Introduction to GeoData Webinar
Tuesday, September 25 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

The original air date for this webinar has passed, but you can view a recording for Introduction to GeoData at our YouTube webinar playlist.

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Join us for our next webinar where we give an introduction to GeoData, NAL's geospatial data catalog.

We will review:

  • An overview of GeoData, what types of information it includes, and how to use the catalog
  • General best practices for filling out the metadata form, including mandatory and preferred fields
  • Controlled vocabularies, covering some of the primary thesauri and taxonomies and reviewing how they work within the GeoData system
  • Reusable components - what type of information is already in the system and how to populate the fields automatically
  • Submitting records for review - how to move through the workflow to get a record published
  • And have 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, October 23 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

To view past webinar recordings visit the Ag Data Commons Monthly Webinar Series page or Ag Data Commons Monthly Webinar Series playlist on NAL's YouTube channel.

Data-Literature Linking in Ag Data Commons Webinar
August 3, 2018

Data-Literature Linking in Ag Data Commons Webinar

This original air date for this webinar has passed, but you can view a recording of Data-Literature Linking in Ag Data Commons / Password: gUHKcV9A

Please forgive the feedback that occurs during portions of the first 5.5 minutes - two people not associated with our webinar somehow ended up on the same channel and we couldn't mute them!

Data-Literature Linking in Ag Data Commons
Tuesday, August 21 @1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

We will:

  • Review data citation practices and policies in scholarly literature
  • Describe the types if data-literature links we capture in Ag Data Commons
  • Show Ag Data Commons citation metrics and bibliography of citing literature (Zotero library)
  • And have 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, September 25 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, October 23 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

Introduction to the Ag Data Commons webinar
July 10, 2018

Introduction to the Ag Data Commons - Webinar

Please note, the original air date of this webinar has passed, but you can view a recording by entering in password QmPANBt3

Join us for our next webinar and learn the basics about submitting data to the Ag Data Commons.

Introduction to the Ag Data Commons
Tuesday, July 24 @1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

This webinar is geared toward any individual or group producing scientific data with an agricultural focus. We will cover:

  • An overview of the Ag Data Commons
  • The types of data we accept and catalog
  • Using the data submission metadata form to create a record
  • How to upload or link data resources
  • Tips and tricks for more efficient record creation
  • 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, August 21 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 25 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, October 23 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

Understanding Data Dictionaries webinar
May 31, 2018

Understanding Data Dictionaries - Webinar

Please note: the original date for this webinar has passed, but you can view a recording with additional information to incorporate discussion from the original Q&A portion of the webinar. The password to view the recording is 42gVfwja

Join us for our next webinar and learn more about data dictionaries and the role they play in making data more easily understandable.

Understanding Data Dictionaries Webinar
Tuesday, June 26 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

This webinar is a basic overview of data dictionaries. We will cover:

  • What a data dictionary is
  • Why we recommend data be accompanied by a data dictionary
  • Different types of data dictionaries
  • How to create a data dictionary
  • 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 (Topics TBD):

Tuesday, July 24 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 21 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 25 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

Driving Innovation through Data in Agriculture (DIDAg) Workshop
May 30, 2018

The National Agricultural Library is hosting the Driving Innovation through Data in Agriculture (DIDAg) Workshop, from June 20th to 22nd, 2018.

DIDAg will be the first in what are anticipated to be a series of workshops in support of the USDA NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) FACT (Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools) initiative. DIDAg, which will be held at the National Agricultural Library, will be used to address long-term goals and supporting objectives for two research domains -- dairy agroecosystems and agricultural economics:

  1. Shared understanding of existing policies and resources related to public access to data and agricultural data management.
  2. Clear expectations for research data management and publication in selected research domains, both so that researchers can plan for them and so that information professionals can support them.
  3. Improved cyberinfrastructure, training materials, and business models.
  4. Roadmap for supporting the next generation of data-intensive research in the chosen domains.

Contact: Eli Moore, Eli.Moore@ARS.USDA.GOV