Biodiversity Data Cleaning and Data Publishing Training Course, Nairobi, Kenya: 18-22 February 2013

Biodiversity information initiatives are making large quantities of data readily available to the scientific community. These data open exciting opportunities for exploring, documenting, and understanding biodiversity worldwide. Data come from diverse sources and are heterogeneous in content, quality, and format. As a result, careful data preparation and quality control is an important step prior to any analysis. This two-part course covers two critical steps in the process: how to prepare a biodiversity data set for analysis and open sharing, and how to 'publish' data for global open access. Instructors include John Wieczorek, Laura Russell, and other leaders in this field in North America and Europe. Potential applicants should note that all courses will be taught in English, but that we will make every effort to accommodate French-speaking applicants as well, via translation if possible. Eligibility All researchers, students, technicians, planners, managers, and other interested persons from across Africa are welcome to apply. To maximize cost-effectiveness, participants from outside of East Africa will be limited in number, particularly in light of plans to hold parallell courses in at least three other African cities in the near future. Approximately 20-25 applicants will be selected to participate in the training course. Final selection of participants will be based on the following criteria: 1. Applicability of course material to the applicant’s occupation, research, studies, or overall interest. 2. Adequate knowledge or experience in related fields so as to maximize the benefit of participation in the training course. 3. Potential for further sharing and diffusion of knowledge acquired during training. 4. Strength of letter of recommendation from current employer/supervisor. Cost of Attendance Thanks to support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, costs of participation in the course will be covered by the program. Transportation costs will be covered, and meals will be provided during training sessions; per diems will not be provided, in light of all relevant expenses being covered. To maximize numbers of course participants that the program can accommodate, participants residing in Nairobi or within a commute of approximately 1 hour of the ICIPE campus will be reimbursed for daily travel to and from the ICIPE campus during the course. Lunches and snacks during breaks will be provided for these local participants. Course participants traveling from outside Nairobi will be funded for travel from the closest major city in their home or resident country to Nairobi and back. These longer-distance participants will be provided food and lodging on the ICIPE campus for the duration of the course. Application Requirements Applicants are responsible for assuring that all of the following materials are in the hands of the program organizers. 1. Application form (found below) 2. Letter of recommendation from employer/home institution 3. Curriculum vitae (CV) Completed applications are due no later than 1 NOVEMBER 2012 and applicants accepted to the training course will be notified by 15 NOVEMBER 2012. Application materials and any questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the course organizers (Town Peterson is the project director) at BiodivTraining@gmail.com. All prompts denoted by a " * " are required information.
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Biodiversity collections facilities
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We ask you for two (2) further pieces of information, in order to complete your application. 1. Please provide a letter of recommendation from your supervisor at your home institution describing how your institution will derive maximum benefit from your participation in this course—e.g., time dedicated to such endeavors, opportunities to teach others what you have learned, etc. Please name this file as 'YOURSURNAME_YOURFIRSTNAME_INSTITUTIONALLETTER" 2. Please provide a curriculum vitae describing your education experience, research and/or employment history, achievements, and interests. Please name this file as 'YOURSURNAME_YOURFIRSTNAME_CV" Both documents should be emailed as either Word or .pdf attachments to BiodivTraining@gmail.com by 1 NOVEMBER 2012. Upon receipt of these two items, as well as this form completed, we will advise you that your application is considered complete. Thanks very much, Town Peterson BiodivTraining@gmail.com

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