Do you have data-related questions? Are you looking to make your data and/or software open and FAIR? Are you interested in tools and resources for working with your data or for finding data to reuse? The Virtual Data Help Desk is here for you!

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The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is sponsored by EarthCube and further supported by the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division, provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources.

When: October 26th-30th, 2020 during GSA 2020 Connects Online

Where: Online. Follow the #DataHelpDesk on Twitter here. Learn more:

During the Virtual Data Help Desk, YOU can:

  • Ask Data Questions: Share your questions any time from October 26th-30th via Twitter using the hashtag #DataHelpDesk or submit your question via a form HERE. Our team of Earth science data professionals has decades of experience in informatics and in many scientific domains and specializes in topics like finding, sharing, analyzing, publishing, and citing data.
  • Watch Tool Demos & Tutorials: We will direct you to helpful tutorials and demos throughout the week that will highlight tools and resources you can use to manage your data and enhance your research. Follow #DataHelpDesk to hear about these!
  • Join Virtual Office Hours & Other Events: Some of our partners will host virtual office hours and other live drop-in events throughout the week, where you can ask questions, view demos, and more. Follow #DataHelpDesk to hear about these!

The Data Help Desk has been held in the past at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, the Ocean Sciences Meeting, and the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. The virtual event at GSA20 represents an exciting opportunity for anyone to jump in and ask questions, regardless of geographic location. Join us to improve your data skills and practices! 

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