Xena vs. the Data Census

In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a data entry form in turmoil cried out for a hero…. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged from the collaboration of many working groups….


Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, there might be power, passion and danger here, but some context might make it easier to change the ways we describe OOC datasets:

Over the past few months AJ and I have been re-designing the data entry for the OCDF data census. Based on our initial review of the data census we cleaned up existing records so that they reflect the metadata standards we worked to implement before the OCDF meeting in Copenhagen. After listening to working group needs and OCDF participant interests we spent the months after the meeting in Copenhagen brainstorming how to move forward with the data entry interface. Feedback has been possible to clarify the functional requirements for goals and function of metadata, which has in turn made it possible to re-develop the data entry form. Overall, we hope that the current iteration of the data entry form balances working group, course instructor needs and non-OCDF researcher interests in metadata associated with OOC datasets.

While we have developed a new streamlined form, but our work is far from done! We are hoping for more feedback before the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, so please visit the data entry form 2.0 and create a dummy record to review fields (paying particular attention to any instructions given).  Our goal is to have a coherent set of fields for students in data management courses to utilize while completing assignments ranging from the identification and description of datasets to discussions about dataset replication or data management policies.

If you have comments or suggestions please contact

Kristen (kmsqt5@mail.misosuri.edu) or AJ (ajmz76@mail.missouri.edu)

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