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The 2017 Midwest Big Data Summer School for Early Career Researchers will be held from July 10-14, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. This summer school is designed as a one week, intensive curriculum aimed at early career researchers to get them started in data-driven research. The school will include full day lectures on topics ranging from: data acquisition, data preprocessing, exploratory data analysis, descriptive data analysis, data analysis tools and techniques, visualization and communication, ethical issues in data science, reproducibility and repeatability, and understanding of domain/context.

The last two days of the summer school consists of tracks where each individual track focuses on a subarea of big data analysis. This years tracks include: Foundations of Data Science, Software Analytics, and Digital Agriculture. Each track consist of tutorials and invited lectures that highlight current research methodologies and challenges. Participants can choose a track that they wish to attend.

Venue: The Midwest Big Data Summer School will be held at the Iowa State University Memorial Union located at 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011. Badges can be picked up at 8am on July 10, 2017, and school sessions will start promptly at 8:30am on each of the school days (July 10-14, 2017).

Registration: The registration fee for the summer school is $75 for regular registration and $50 for student registration. There is limited space so send your registration soon. If you are interested in attending the summer school go to online registration form.

  • Early registration (Ends on June 9th) - Early regular registration fee is $75 and early student registration fee is $50.
  • Regular registration (June 10-30th) - Regular registration fee is $100 and student registration is $75.
  • Late registration (July 1-7th) - Late registration fee is $150 and late student registration is $100.

Registration questions:

Change in plans: If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration on or before June 15, 2017, your registration fee will be refunded minus a $15 administration fee. All cancellations must be in writing and sent to Registration Services at registrations@iastate.edu. No refunds will be made after June 15.

Travel Support: We have limited amount of travel support available for non-ISU participants. Travel support may include your registration fee, shared lodging and/or meals while attending the summer school. To be considered for travel support, please register by June 09, 2017 5:00pm and apply for travel support while registering. See above for registration information.

For more info, see: http://mbds.cs.iastate.edu/2017/

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PubAg - NAL's exciting new search and discovery system for agricultural publications - includes links to supporting datasets, including those cataloged in Ag Data Commons. Links in the opposite direction are also given in Ag Data Commons dataset records, pointing from the data to associated primary/data papers, methods citations, and related articles. In PubAg, the dataset links are located in the Datasets: field, and in Ag Data Commons, the PubAg link is coded as the AgId: identifier for full-text access. The continued enhancement of data and publication linking will help support information discovery, reuse and innovation.

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The Farm 2 Fly Program is the newest program to join the Ag Data Commons, with their Feedstock Readiness Level (FSRL) Evaluations. The FSRL is a communication tool for evaluating production, market, and policy maturity of feedstocks for a particular use, specifically, alternative fuel production technologies. Visit the Farm 2 Fly program page and browse some of the evaluations they have published so far. Also included is a FSRL Checklist and Report Template for performing a feedstock evaluation, as well as examples of a complete checklist and report to show what is expected. Instructions for performing an evaluation are located in the first sheet of the template.

The 2016 Evaluations Summary Table compiles the ratings for various feedstocks and can be visualized in a customized graph form on the data resource page for that dataset.

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We are excited to welcome the Farm 2 Fly Program to the Ag Data Commons!

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The Ag Data Commons was one of the open data products announced by the US Department of Agriculture at the recent 2016 Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition summit. A team from the National Ag Library demonstrated our data repository along with a number of other NAL-related data systems in an exhibit for GODAN attendees.

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Ag Data Commons recently published its 200th dataset with many more in the pipeline. The repository/registry is becoming an important part of the agricultural/environmental information ecosystem. We now house open data for a number of recently published articles, for example:

  • Knaus, Brian; Tabima, Javier; Judelson, Howard; Niklaus Grünwald (2015). Data from: Genomic analyses of dominant US clonal lineages of Phytophthora infestans reveals a shared ancestry for US11 and US18 and a lack of recently shared ancestry for all other US lineages. Ag Data Commons. http://dx.doi.org/10.15482/USDA.ADC/1224913.

  • Evans, Jay D. (2016). Data from: Transcriptomic and functional resources for the Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida, a worldwide parasite of honey bees. Ag Data Commons. http://dx.doi.org/10.15482/USDA.ADC/1253745.

In addition, new studies are beginning to cite datasets in Ag Data Commons:

The continued growth and adoption of Ag Data Commons for researchers to deposit, curate, share, and reuse data is a reflection of the standards-based, open data approach built into the system.

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Ag Data Commons was highlighted in several sessions of the biennial United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) meeting held April 25-27, 2016 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We presented An overview of the Ag Data Commons: a new USDA catalog and repository for agricultural research data and offered two posters, including "Comparing Metadata Across Disciplinary and Institutional Data Repositories: Lessons for Good Data Publishing Solutions" with colleagues from Purdue University and Johns Hopkins University.

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We have added new and improved features to the Ag Data Commons, including:

  • The ability to download a single zipped file containing all the resource files and metadata for a given record
  • Cloning of datasets for convenient duplication of datasets with similar fields
  • The option to add multiple points and / or polygons to the map
  • The ability to add multiple program and bureau codes to a single record

Check back regularly to see the latest additions and features to the Ag Data Commons!

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On February 17, Ursula Pieper gave a presentation at the Using Open Source in Your Institution (NISO Virtual Conference) hosted by NISO - the National Information Standards Organization, which highlighted some of the work done on open source projects at the National Agricultural Library in conjunction with the Ag Data Commons.

Download and view the slide deck used during her presentation titled Yes, It Can Be Done! Open Source Based Web Sites at the National Agricultural Library.

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USDA will be conducting a virtual listening session to solicit input on policies for public access to federally funded agricultural research data. The listening sessions should be of particular interest to stakeholders who have an interest in Ag Data Commons and other projects. These stakeholders include federally funded researchers, industry scientists, producers, universities, libraries, publishers, users of federally funded research results, and civil society groups. For more information on public access to scholarly publications and digital scientific data policy development and implementation plans, visit http://www.ree.usda.gov.

Meeting details are below; please follow the link to the press release for more detailed information on how to participate.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scientific data

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From the National Agricultural Library Weekly Report (October 20, 2015): "NAL's Ag Data Commons launches improved prototype site. NAL’s Knowledge Services Division launched the latest beta version of the Ag Data Commons at https://data.nal.usda.gov. Ag Data Commons is designed to help the USDA research community comply with directives that federally funded research products shall be freely available to the public. It aims to make research data highly discoverable and usable and complements the Library’s other agricultural information management products and services. Among the new features are: a redesigned home page with news, the ability for USDA-funded researchers to register and submit data, links to the published literature, filters for funding sources, and pages highlighting data from programs such as the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research initiative, the LCA Commons, and the Veterinary Pest Genomics Center."

Congrats to the ADC Team!