Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Philippines: RMQA-RDM Training Team holds last data management course for 2014

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Risk Management and Quality Assurance Research Data Management (RMQA-RDM) training team concluded its last RDM 101 course for the year on 18-20 November at the IT Learning Center at IRRI Headquarters.

This quarterly training covers all areas of data management including planning: documentation; collection;  pre-analysis  using MS Access for data transformation as pre-analysis in statistical software;  validation and quality control; using bar codes in experiments; using  mobile devices in collecting data; data storage backup, and security; and archival and sharing.

In addition, the RDM 101 training team also discussed and demonstrated file management tools and software that include: Beyond Compare, Cobian, WinDirStat, Mendeley, Beyond Compare, and IRRI Dataverse, an online repository for data archiving and sharing.

Seventeen participants from IRRI country offices in Africa; Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology; Crop and Environmental Sciences Division; C4 Rice Center; Grain Quality and Nutrition Center; and Social Sciences Division (SSD) attended the three-day training course.  Joining them were five participants from WorldFish, Ifugao State University, Department of Agriculture, Central Mindanao University, and Kalinga Apayao State College.

The RDM 101 training team, managed by IRRI-RMQA Senior Manager Menchu Bernardo, includes  Mr. Enrico Mercado and Mr. Deacart Arreza. Mr. Rogelio Alvarez of Information Technology Services  provided a lecture on data backup, security, and storage.

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