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From NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Collection
This form allows you to contribute the information needed to construct a DataSheet (opens in a new window). It is normally used by participants in a workshop or similar setting as the first step in producing a complete DataSheet. The mechanics of editing the DataSheet after it is submitted are addressed at the bottom of this page.
If you have information that can help us construct a new DataSheet (even outside the context of a workshop) we welcome your contribution below.
Throughout this form examples of appropriate text are provided in green.
This section should include the title for the datasheet in one of the following formats:
This section should indicate who prepared the datasheet and acknowledge experts consulted or interviewed in the process of preparing the datasheet.
Email addresses of the activity author(s) separated by commas. These will not be displayed in the activity page but will
enable those people to edit the datasheet after it has been submitted. More information about this process can be found at the bottom of the form.
This section should contain links directly to the data as well as the homepage for the site providing the data (when available).
This section should contain a brief summary of the data set. The summary should include a brief description of the type of data, how it is presented, and its geospatial extent. There should be enough information for users to decide whether they are interested in exploring the data set.
This section should discuss the importance of the data, using as little jargon as possible. It should concisely describe how scientists use these data, including what questions they help answer, and how. It should describe why those questions are important to science as well as their relationship to issues effecting society more broadly.
This section serves as a heading for the teaching topics and teaching skills sections below. This section should include a photo representing what the data look like. It should include an introductory sentence of the form:
These data can be used to teach the following topics and skills in 'x' (where 'x' is one or more disciplinary area).
This section contains an unordered list of specific skills that students may exercise in working with the data set (such as interpreting vertical transect data and their representation on maps). Activities that can be used to teach these skills in the context of this data set should be linked to beneath the relevant skill. These activities should also be listed again in the 'Education Resources' section.
This section should explain the nature of the data (e.g. raw, processed, and modeled) and how the data are presented (e.g. graphically, tab-delineated text file).
Explain how to obtain the data. This should include specific guidance on how to find the data within the site and what exactly will be available when they reach the data. As necessary (if guidance is not provided by the data access interface) include descriptions of the fields to address and what the default values will produce.
List and briefly describe data manipulation tools (software) that can be used to work with the data, including any tools that are integrated into the data access site. When possible, provide information on obtaining the tools and links to relevant tutorials and tool documentation.
List and define acronyms, initials, or discipline-specific jargon users will encounter.
This section should provide details on how the data are collected (including information on instrumentation, transmission of data, and post-processing of data).
This section should describe limitations and sources of error related to data collection,
and processing as well as limits inherent in any underlying model or representation
(e.g. there may be factors relevant to the underlying scientific question that the data set does not explicitly address).
It should indicate how these limits cicumscribe the applicability of the data set and conclusions drawn from it. It should be written in clear, direct language
to ensure that non-experts will not misinterpret or misapply the data set.
When applicable, provide a link to a section of the data site or a reference to a paper discussing error in the particular data set.
List up to 5 key references for scientific research articles which use or are about the dataset. When applicable, this would include a link to a bibliography of the dataset.
This section should contain an unordered list of educational resources: references to papers or links to websites that describe using the data in the classroom, or that describe activities using the data. These resources are also included with the appropriate skills and topics in the "Use in Teaching" Section.
This section should contain an unordered list of scientific references: review articles or research articles that discuss topics and concepts related to the data set or similar data sets. These articles should be relevant to users who are working with the data set and need additional background on the related science.
This section should contain an unordered list of broader pedagogical references: papers and links describing activities or pedagogical approaches that cover the same science topics addressed by the data set, or address pedagogical concerns relevant to working with the data of this type.
This section should explain how to cite use of the dataset.
This section should contain an unordered list of any additional websites that may be helpful for users who are interested in the data set described in the datasheet.
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