EAPS DataMine FAIR (Findable, Accessible Interoperable and Reusable) Climate Data Course

This online resource contains materials for teaching an intro level undergraduate course on the FAIR science principles and applications within the field of climate and water science.

  1. Climate
  2. Climate Change
  3. #FAIRData
  4. FAIR science climate

Note from the Instructor

This is a 1 credit course and it will involve reading, discussion, learning principles FAIR data science principles and applying them within a computational environment.  The course should not be too much work, but it will still be challenging and take effort, so I recommend that you actively engage in the learning, including asking questions (in class or via email) and taking notes, and staying up to date on the homeworks/assignments.  I understand that everyone’s schedule is busy and things happen. So please contact me when something is going on if it is impeding your ability to do well in the class, I’m happy to show some flexibility, but communication is key.  You can always email me at and I will try to respond within 48 hours, if not sooner.

Course Description

Credit Hours: 1.00. This course will build on the principle that it is crucial in science that data be freely available and “FAIR” (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).  We will approach this topic from the point of view of the philosophy of science, from a data science perspective, and also from a practical “how to do it” perspective.  Most of the course will emphasize the practical skills necessary to deploy FAIR science.  We will consider the fundamental role of openness and reproducibility in science and how it is this feature that makes science of unique value to society.  Case studies in climate science will be studied.   Upon this grounding we will build a practical understanding and ability to apply these principles to real world Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science data science challenges. 


Interest in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and the DataMine. Adequate preparation to write 1-2 page short papers and perform algebra. I expect you can read carefully, critically, and quickly; write clearly, well, and often; speak cogently and collegially; perform math at the freshman level; use and articulate logic and utilize the scientific method; develop the ability to do simple programming; turn assignments in on time; communicate with instructors; take advice and give it; behave honestly and ethically; and be respectful of others.  Familiarity with the command line in Unix/Linux and an interpreted programing or statistical language (such as python or R) is helpful but not required, as we will be covering those topics in the beginning of the course. This course builds on what was covered in EAPS DATAMINE 1 and/or previous DataMine coursework.

Learning Outcomes

Outcomes. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of FAIR data science principles and applications.  They will be able to understand, explain and articulate the how FAIR principles affect them and their research and how they will apply them with an Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences context.  Students will be able to find appropriate freely available data, perform a statistical or diagnostic study on it, write-up this analysis, and finally to publish in a FAIR way the resulting analysis (including the data and code) to a suitable public repository.  We will emphasize carrying the FAIR process to completion in an authentic data publication mode.


 25% for class participation, 25% for assignments/homework, 25% for a midterm and 25% for final project. 

Class participation includes showing up to class, asking questions, doing the readings, taking notes, working on in class assignments, and generally being on top of the course material.  

The assignments will take 1-2 weeks each and will mostly involve reading, coding, utilizing tools on the web, downloading and analyzing data, as well as writing up brief reports, doing online literature searches, meeting with faculty/researchers.  

The final project will consist of working with a Purdue Faculty member/research to “FAIR”ly publish some of their research output.

Required Texts/Resources

No text is required for this course. All reading material will be provided by the instructor. 

We will be utilizing several Purdue provided resources, these include : Blackboard, PURR, MyGeoHub, and Scholar, so please pay careful attention to those resources when they are introduced, we will be using them repeatedly.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Purdue University strives to make learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, you are welcome to let me know so that we can discuss options. You are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at: or by phone: 765-494-1247. I am happy to make accommodations as necessary. It is really no problem at all, just ask, but you need to ask as soon as you are aware of an issue.


You are responsible for material covered during each week. Please try to attend the weekly class and if you can’t please contact the instructor ASAP. 

Students requesting special consideration in scheduling are encouraged to make this known to instructors well in advance, minimize the length of the absence, and be flexible in arranging alternative times to complete any assignments they might miss. Students holding the opinion that they have wrongly been denied an excused absence or the opportunity to make up missed work due to an absence for a religious observance should contact the head of the department offering the course to attempt to resolve the conflict.

The link to the complete policy and implications can be found at Purdue Class Absences

Missed or Late Work

Students are expected to turn in the assignments on time to receive full credit.  Late assignments will be dealt with on a case by case basis, but will generally receive only 20%  of the original assignment credit.

Academic Integrity

Do not take unfair advantage of your classmates. If you cheat, it’s not fair to your classmates who are doing honest work. See Purdue Academic Integrity and Responding to Academic Dishonesty. Keep in mind that plagiarism is punishable and includes, the unattributed use of the ideas, evidence, or words of another person, or the conveying of the false impression that the arguments and writing in a paper are the student’s own. Refer to Purdue’s student guide for the official academic integrity policy. Consequences for students that violate the academic integrity may include up to a failing grade in the course. See

As we continue to promote academic integrity, consider adding this sentence to your syllabus. “Academic integrity is one of the highest values that Purdue University holds. Individuals are encouraged to alert university officials to potential breaches of this value by either emailing or by calling 765-494-8778. While information may be submitted anonymously, the more information that is submitted provides the greatest opportunity for the university to investigate the concern.

Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty." [Part 5, Section III-B-2-a, University Regulations] Furthermore, the University Senate has stipulated that "the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest." [University Senate Document 72-18, December 15, 1972].

Incidents of academic misconduct in this course will be addressed by the course instructor and may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for review at the university level. Any violation of course policies as it relates to academic integrity will result minimally in a failing or zero grade for that particular assignment, and at the instructor’s discretion may result in a failing grade for the course. In addition, all incidents of academic misconduct will be forwarded to OSRR, where university penalties, including removal from the university, may be considered.

Violent Behavior Policy

Purdue University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for members of the university community. Purdue strives to create an educational environment for students and a work environment for employees that promote educational and career goals. Violent Behavior impedes such goals. Therefore, Violent Behavior is prohibited in or on any University Facility or while participating in any university activity.


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Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Any student who believes they have been discriminated against may visit Report hate and bias to submit a complaint to the Office of Institutional Equity. Information may be reported anonymously.

Students with Disabilities

Purdue University is required to respond to the needs of the students with disabilities as outlined in both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the provision of auxiliary aids and services that allow a student with a disability to fully access and participate in the programs, services, and activities at Purdue University.

If you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please make an appointment to speak with me within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order to discuss any adjustments.  It is important that we talk about this at the beginning of the semester.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the Disability Resource Center (Disability Resource Centerof an impairment/condition that may require accommodations and/or classroom modifications.


In the event of a personal emergency, please contact the instructor as soon as reasonably possible regarding missed classes and assignments.  With a letter from your doctor, etc. accommodations may be made at the discretion of the instructor.

In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor’s control. Relevant changes to this course will be posted onto the course website or can be obtained by contacting the instructors or TAs via email or phone.  You are expected to read your email on a frequent basis.

Use of Copyrighted Materials

Among the materials that may be protected by copyright law are the lectures, notes, and other material presented in class or as part of the course. Always assume the materials presented by an instructor are protected by copyright unless the instructor has stated otherwise. Students enrolled in, and authorized visitors to, Purdue University courses are permitted to take notes, which they may use for individual/group study or for other non-commercial purposes reasonably arising from enrollment in the course or the University generally.

Notes taken in class are, however, generally considered to be “derivative works” of the instructor’s presentations and materials, and they are thus subject to the instructor’s copyright in such presentations and materials. No individual is permitted to sell or otherwise barter notes, either to other students or to any commercial concern, for a course without the express written permission of the course instructor. To obtain permission to sell or barter notes, the individual wishing to sell or barter the notes must be registered in the course or must be an approved visitor to the class. Course instructors may choose to grant or not grant such permission at their own discretion, and may require a review of the notes prior to their being sold or bartered. If they do grant such permission, they may revoke it at any time, if they so choose.

The instructor does not give any student permission to record video or audio of the class or disseminate class materials.

Grief Absence Policy for Students

Purdue University recognizes that a time of bereavement is very difficult for a student. The University therefore provides the following rights to students facing the loss of a family member through the Grief Absence Policy for Students (GAPS). GAPS Policy: Students will be excused for funeral leave and given the opportunity to earn equivalent credit and to demonstrate evidence of meeting the learning outcomes for misses assignments or assessments in the event of the death of a member of the student’s family.





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  • Indoor Fire Alarms mean to stop class or research and immediately evacuate the building.
  • Proceed to your Emergency Assembly Area away from building doors. Remain outside until police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave.
  • All Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens mean to immediately seek shelter (Shelter in Place) in a safe location within the closest building.
    • “Shelter in place” means seeking immediate shelter inside a building or University residence. This course of action may need to be taken during a tornado, a civil disturbance including a shooting or release of hazardous materials in the outside air. Once safely inside, find out more details about the emergency*. Remain in placeuntil police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave.

*In both cases, you should seek additional clarifying information by all means possible… Purdue University Status page, text message, email alert, TV, radio, etc… review the Purdue University Emergency Warning Notification System multi-communication layers at Emergency Warning Notification System


  • Review the Emergency Procedures Guidelines Emergency Procedures Guide
  • Review the Building Emergency Plan (available on the Emergency Preparedness website or from the building deputy) for:
    • Evacuation routes, exit points, and emergency assembly area
    • When and how to evacuate the building
    • Shelter in place procedures and locations
    • Additional building specific procedures and requirements


  • “Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes,” is a 20-minute active shooter awareness video that illustrates what to look for and how to prepare and react to this type of incident. See: Emergency Preparedness Shots Fired on Campus(Link is also located on the EP website)
  • All Hazards Online Awareness training video (on Webcert & Blackboard.) A 30 minute computer based training video that provides safety and emergency preparedness information. See the EP website for sign up instructions.


Reference the Emergency Preparedness web site for additional information: Emergency Preparedness Resources