Tuesday, April 2, 2013

19 IRRI staff undergo data collection and encoding course

The first offering of Research Data Management (RDM) 11, or Data collection and encoding for research technicians, was held today (26 March).

The course aims to impart good practices in handling research data, knowledge, and techniques to enable research technicians to effectively use spreadsheets during data encoding. The technicians were also taught to use an Android tablet device using FieldLab v. 2.4 and other spreadsheet apps for data collection.

Data collection is a crucial step in managing research data. Accuracy of data collection and encoding into spreadsheets is crucial in the research data pipeline, being the starting point of data manipulation, checking, and validation. Only when data is deemed accurate can further processing and analysis be made. Data errors, if not found and corrected early, can prove costly.

Nineteen research technicians from IRRI research divisions and their supervisors attended as participants.

The RDM 11 training team is composed of Menchu Bernardo, Icoy Mercado, and Dec Arreza of IRRI's Risk Management and Quality Assurance office.

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