Course Data skills in biodiversity education and research in Yerevan

Five-day program curriculum on open biodiversity data publishing, including excursion and bioblitz in Yerevan, Armenia.

Armenian National Agrarian University

Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) by Narek75 CC BY SA 4.0

Regional Training course for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students with expert trainers and trainers-in-training - Yerevan, Armenia (5 days). Data publishing course in Yerevan, 30 March - 3 April 2020.

Successful attendees will be issued a certificate of attendance corresponding to 2 ECTS and a digital GBIF Certified Trainer badge. This training model has been tested in the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme and is adapted to BioDATA needs. The course is designed for 20 participants. All applicants must submit a motivation letter as part of their registration. The lectures will be in English.

Eligibility for BioDATA students is limited to the partner countries in the BioDATA project: Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, and Tajikistan - with a focus on Armenia for this particular course. Travel, meals, and accommodation will be covered for accepted participants in this course. Please note that all participants must have valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses.

Program overview

An overview of the BioDATA course is provided by the agenda (online soon) and the detailed program (online soon).

Preparatory pre-course activities (March 2020)

Preparatory pre-course activities and assignments will be launched in March 2020. All students will get login instructions for the e-learning platform that we will use during the BioDATA course.

Onsite course (30th March to 3rd April 2020)

Monday 30 March: Training course starts. Introduction, terminology, data standards, and planning for data publication workflows (with Use Case 1). Half-day public symposium in the afternoon (to-be-decided).

Tuesday 31 March: Data capture and digitization. Data quality principles and data cleaning tools and procedures, including OpenRefine.

Wednesday 1 April: Field trip with iNaturalist. Data descriptor publications, dataset metadata, data papers, and FAIR data guidelines.

Thursday 2 April: Data publication with the GBIF IPT (integrated data publishing toolkit). [BioDATA course IPT server] [GBIF UAT demo server]

Friday 3 April: Hands-on practice (with Use Case 2). The closing of the training event in the afternoon.

Follow-up activities (April 2020)

More details about the follow-up activities and assignments (with Use Case 3) will be provided during the onsite course.

Teachers and mentors

Local organizers: Armine Abrahamyan, Andreas Melikyan

Teachers: Dag Endresen and Rukaya Johaadien (GBIF-Norway); Katija Cezón García (GBIF-Spain); Dmitry Schigel and Laura Russell (GBIF Secretariat).

Mentors: Tatevik Aloyan, Naira Gasparyan, Hrant Khachatryan, Astghik Movsisyan, and Miguel Vega Ruiz (GBIF Spain)


The deadline for registration is 15 February. Register online here.

Students will be selected on the basis of a brief motivation letter describing their background and interest in the course topic of open biodiversity data publication.

Venue and travel information

The venue for the training course will be announced shortly.

International travel is booked by the BioDATA secretariat at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. Local transport costs will be reimbursed during the course for participants not living in Yerevan.

Accommodation (for participants not living in Yerevan) and meals during the course are covered for all accepted participants.

Please note that all participants must have valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses.

Tags: BioDATA, GBIF, data publishing, biodiversity informatics
Published Nov. 3, 2018 12:07 PM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2020 3:24 PM