The Crop Research Data Management Course is designed for all crop improvement scientists, both those using conventional phenotypic approaches and those that have incorporated marker use. The course is made up of two parts that can be taught separately or melded to provide both the foundational principles and the hands-on practical skills.
Part I: General Principles & Concepts
- Types of crop research data: Crop Ontologies and Trait Dictionaries
- Why managing crop research data is important – quality data for decision-making
- Big data and data-intensive crop research
- Crop data management plans
- Organising data: File versioning; Naming & re-naming conventions
- File formats & transformation: Open and proprietary formats; Compression; Normalisation
- Documentation, metadata, citation: Crop research data documentation; using other peoples' data; Forms and purposes of crop research metadata; Data citation as part of the scholarly record
- Storage & security: Backup & storage methods; Password safety & encryption; Strategies for long-term data security
- Data protection, rights & access: Data confidentiality, privacy & informed consent; Data protection legislation & anonymization; Intellectual Property Rights
- Sharing, preservation & licensing: Formal & informal data sharing; Preservation & trusted repositories; Licensing and 'open data'
Part II: The Breeding Management System
- Installing and using the Breeding Management System and the Integrated Breeding Databases
- Management of breeding activities and project planning: Clients are trained to compare breeding strategies for different breeding situations and query historical germplasm characterization and evaluation data to select parents, donors and recipients:
- Interactive tools to compare breeding strategies for genetic gain and well as resource requirements (using Breeding planner)
- Review of historical data by germplasm, nursery and trial across all evaluation records (using Query Manager)
- Capture seed inventory data during population advancement or trial harvests (using Inventory Manager)
- Manage pedigree information for imported germplasm with possibility to calculate and analyse coefficients of parentage (using Genealogy Manager)
- Nursery Management and Population Development: Clients are trained on tools will assist them to manage population development and selection in plant breeding programmes. Breeders can input data and export germplasm lists and nursery files that can be used for Android-based hand-held devices (using Crossing Manager and Nursery Manager).
- Field Trial Management: Breeders are trained on tools that will allow them to prepare entry lists and checks and merge these with trait templates and field lay-outs to produce fieldbooks for single site and multi-environment germplasm evaluation (using Trial FieldBook).
- Genotypic Data Management: Breeders are trained to access fingerprinting data for potential parents connected to genetic maps showing marker-trait associations (using Marker Queries).
The training can be delivered in modules distributed over a period of time or at one go in keeping with the client’s needs and requirements. Please contact us here for more information.