A few weeks ago, Gratton Lab member Kaitlin went out to Boulder, CO to participate in a geospatial data hackathon sponsored by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and Data Carpentry. The goal of the workshop was to develop a 2-3 day Data Carpentry workshop focused on working with spatial data in R. In particular, the workshop will focus on datasets familiar and of interest to many ecologists, like land cover imagery, NDVI “green up” data, and other kinds of data one would use to answer questions about phenology. Kaitlin worked with Software Carpentry executive director Tracy Teal and Montana State University professor David Roberts to develop the “Introduction to Working with Spatial Data” module for the workshop.
NEON is also where former Gratton Lab member Timothy D. Meehan now works! He sat in on the last part of the workshop to hear about the developments, and he will likely be in the first group that pilots the workshop the hackathon built.
Learn more about the workshop here: http://www.neoninc.org/updates-events/update/nsf-biocenters-unite-close-scientific-data-skills-gap-focus-phenology
Check out all the excellent and free online resources and lessons available already from NEON here: http://neondataskills.org/