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2012 September 20, 24 & 27

You are invited to a free training opportunity, sponsored by the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), that will cover how to use two science data management web applications for solving data management problems. The training will consist of three sessions over two days. This training may be attended either in person or via WebEx at each of three locations: the Denver Federal Center in Denver, CO, USGS Headquarters in Reston, VA, and at the USGS Menlo Park Science Center in Menlo Park, CA.

Applications that will be covered:
The Geo Data Portal (GDP) is a simple Web application and set of processing services that have access to very large climate and geospatial datasets. While the Web interface is easy to use, the variety of data and flexibility of the underlying processing services requires some explanation to be used to their fullest. A simple Python package has also recently been completed that will allow access to the GDP functionality from within the Python scripting environment.

ScienceBase provides a secure collaborative virtual workspace, allowing diverse partnerships to securely share, access, and analyze datasets.  The ScienceBase catalog contains records provided by federal, state, non-government, international, university, and other sources, and allows the user to search based on a variety of fields. The ScienceBase repository provides a secure place where partners can store, document, and manage their data. The application allows projects to own a space for uploading and capturing original or “orphan” datasets.

Topics covered will include:
- Understanding the ScienceBase objective: Sharing GIS and other research data with collaborators throughout the project lifecycle
- Use of communities for internal data collaboration
- Searching the ScienceBase Catalog
- Uploading data into the ScienceBase Repository
- Managing data and data accessibility
- Metadata management and best practices
- Examples of "Powered by ScienceBase" and discussion of how this tool might be useful in your environment
- How to access large collections of climate data summarized to custom polygon-based analysis zones.
- Understanding the Geo Data Portal objective: providing scientists and environmental resource managers access to downscaled climate projections and other data resources that are otherwise difficult to access and manipulate
- How to access custom spatial summaries of elevation and landcover data without downloading anything.
- How to easily publish your own data for others to access using the Geo Data Portal processing services.
- How to access Geo Data Portal processing easily from a Python Script.

This training will be very hands on. While examples will be provided for all exercises, participants are encouraged to bring datasets they want to share with collaborators or shapefile areas of interest they would like to get historical and/or projected climate summaries for.

These trainings will be offered three times at USGS centers with Webex attendance available for each.

The schedule and physical location will be:
Denver, CO:
Thursday Sep 20th 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
Friday Sep 21st 9am-12pm
Reston, VA:
Monday Sep 24th 1:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday Sep 25th 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
Menlo Park, CA:
Thursday Sep 27th 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
Friday Sep 28th 8am-11am

Please respond to Laura Smyrl ( to reserve a spot in the training. Space at the conference rooms will be limited.

It would be best for attendants to bring their own laptops. If you are interested in the training and do not have a laptop available, please let us know in your response so we can try to accommodate.