Course on Data skills in biodiversity education and research, in Dilijan, Armenia

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

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Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) in the Shirak province of Armenia in June 2021 CC BY NC diansumbulyan

Regional Training course for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students with expert trainers and trainers-in-training - Dilijan, Armenia (5 days), 1 to 5 May 2022.

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 16-20 participants. All applicants must submit a motivation letter as part of their registration. The lectures will be in English (with some teaching materials available in Armenian).

BioDATA students and young researchers from Armenia are invited to register to apply for attending the 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

Pre-course survey (all students invited to answer the pre-course survey)

On-site online course at

Course week agenda

On-site materials

Sunday 1/5 Planning

Monday 2/5 Data capture and cleaning

Excel tips --

Darwin Core machine translated to Armenian

Tuesday 3/5 Bioblitz and excursion

Bioblitz on Tuesday 3 May at the Hidden Waterfall Trail

Leave reception at 08:30 (drive by bus to the site, 19 km)

Return at 13:00 by bus from Hidden Waterfall Trail

Note that the weather forecast has rain (raingear and outdoor boots)

16:00 OpenRefine data cleaning | OpenRefine PDF |

17:30 Agribiodiversity data in GBIF

Wednesday 4/5 data publishing

Course IPT --

Thursday 5/5

Introduction to the post-course use cases

GBIF Mentoring program

Course evaluation survey

Closing and departure

Post-course assignments

Students must complete use cases 2 (choose between invasive species or Lepidoptera sightings) and 3 before the end of May if you want to be graded and assessed for the GBIF data mobilization badge. Use the course IPT and send your answers by email to

Assessment, grading, and badges will be assigned during June.

Teachers and mentors

Local organizersArmine Abrahamyan (ANAU), Andreas Melikyan (ANAU).

Teacher team: Laura Russell (GBIF Secretariat), Dmitry Schigel (GBIF Secretariat), Dag Endresen (University of Oslo, GBIF Norway), Rukaya Johaadien (University of Oslo, GBIF Norway), Michal Torma (University of Oslo, GBIF Norway), Hugo de Boer (University of Oslo, GBIF Norway).

Course mentorsTatevik Aloyan (ANAU), Hrant Khachatryan (ANAU), Rukaya Johaadien (GBIF Norway), Michal Torma (GBIF Norway).


The course registration deadline was 17th April 2022. The course is open to local students and young researchers from Armenia. Students were 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 is the Dilijan Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel, 156 Kamo Str, Dilijan 3906, Armenia.

International travel is booked by the BioDATA secretariat at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. Accommodation and meals during the course are covered for all invited participants.

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


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

This course was postponed from April 2020 because of COVID travel restrictions.

Tags: BioDATA, GBIF, data publishing, biodiversity informatics
Published Apr. 12, 2022 8:26 AM - Last modified May 19, 2022 3:53 PM