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Research data management workshop: Hands-on introductions to research data management and publication - CANCELLED!

Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 the EBR-workshop on 1-2 April 2020 has been cancelled.

A similar workshop might be organized in the future once the end-date of precautionary measures is known.


LifeWatch, DiSSCo and Elixir Belgium invite you to a hands-on two-day workshop to manage and publish research data. The workshop is organized in the context of the Empowering Biodiversity Research conference and will cover data management plans, tidy data, data cleaning, GitHub, and Zenodo. If this is jargon you always wanted to know about (but were afraid to ask), then this workshop is for you!


This workshop is aimed at environmental and life scientists that manage research data, from PhD students to senior scientists. It is an introductory workshop to data management, data cleaning and data publishing. We recommend participants to have a basic understanding of R and its data types. We can send resources for people who need an introduction to R before this workshop. The level of this workshop is from beginner to intermediate, we will not cover advanced materials. If you are already familiar with the topics listed in the schedule you might not benefit from this workshop. But please contact us if you would like a more advanced workshop in any of the topics listed here. Please also contact us if you would like to be a helper in this workshop.


Herman Teirlinck building, Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussels (room 01.70).
Get directions here.


April 1-2, 2020.


Participants should bring a laptop with a Mac or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) and administrative privileges. Please install following programs on beforehand: a text editor (such as atom or notepad++), a spreadsheet editor (excel or libreoffice), RStudio (open source desktop edition) and GitHub Desktop.

Participants are also required to abide by the Code of Conduct (see registration form).


Wednesday April 1 - Room 01.70

09:30     Welcome & registration

10:00     Data organization in spreadsheets - Alexander Botzki & Tuur Muyldermans (ELIXIR)

11:00     Coffee break

11:30     Data organization in spreadsheets (continued)

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Good enough practices for research data management - Tanja Milotic (LifeWatch)

14:15     Data cleaning in R (dplyr) - Lennert Schepers (LifeWatch)

15:15     Coffee break

15:45     Data cleaning in R (dplyr) (continued)

17:00     End

Thursday April 2 - Room 01.71

09:30     Data standardisation in R - Lennert Schepers (LifeWatch)

11:00     Coffee break

11:30     An introduction to GitHub - Damiano Oldoni & Peter Desmet (LifeWatch)

12:00     Lunch

13:00     An introduction to GitHub (continued)

14:30     Coffee break

15:00     Publishing a dataset to Zenodo - Mathias Dillen (DISSCO)     

17:00     End



Registration fees (40€) cover the two-day workshop, lunch and coffee breaks. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.