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Webinar Series: Coastal and Ocean Data Management Best Practices

COINAtlantic planned a series of information/training webinars aimed at explaining open data sharing platforms and data management plans. The Webinar Series is based on the progression of topics covered in the upcoming best practices guide and the results of the pre-survey. Training sessions will include an interactive component to walk attendees through concrete steps to implement and/or augment data management practices within the participants’ own organization. COINAtlantic is working with subject matter experts to ensure that the appropriate material is covered in each virtual training session.


COINAtlantic has observed a range in competency when it comes to data management practices within non-governmental organizations (e.g. community groups, ENGOs, industry associations, etc.), and there is growing recognition for the importance of data management. As such, in collaboration with the Marine Environmental Quality (MEQ) Program and the Clean Foundation, COINAtlantic is engaging in a project aimed at empowering non-governmental organizations to help increase and improve organizational data management capacity for projects in marine and coastal environments with a best practices guide and training materials. 


Read more about the Coastal and Ocean Data Management Best Practices Project here.


CIOOS Atlantic, Data Discovery and Contribution

Date: March 9, 2022 11am-12pm AST

Guest Speakers: Jeff Cullis, Alexi Baccardax Westcott, and Shen Molloy


Join CIOOS Atlantic to learn how to share your data in our open access data catalogue and what we can do for your organization. As Canada’s nucleus for ocean observing, CIOOS makes connections for a sustainable ocean future. CIOOS aims to foster partnerships and grow a powerful online platform that generates information, knowledge, and place-based solutions to advance our understanding of the ocean.














The Ocean Biodiversity Information System

Date: March 16, 2022 11am-12pm ADT

Guest Speakers: Ward Appeltans, Maria Cornthwaite


The Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation, and sustainable development. Learn about OBIS, its purpose, and what type of data is submitted to OBIS. The webinar will include information on how you can contribute to OBIS through OBIS Canada, including requirements for submitting data and metadata to OBIS.

Research Data Management: From Plan to Preservation

Date: March 23, 2022 1pm-2pm ADT

Guest Speakers: Nichole DeMichelis, Robyn Nicholson, Tamanna Moharana from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada


Research data management, or RDM, is increasingly recognized as an important part of the research enterprise in all disciplines. With the introduction of the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, and the broad recognition of principles such as FAIR, it’s crucial for researchers to understand and adopt good RDM practices. And it’s not even all that hard! This workshop will give you an overview of the essentials of RDM, with tips, resources, and tools that you can begin to incorporate into your work right away. Topics include:

  • What is research data management, and why is it important

  • What is a data management plan, and how can it help you

  • What are some simple but effective steps you can take to manage data now so you are prepared to share or preserve your data later

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