Babase Training Course

Before you can successfully retrieve data from Babase with full understanding of what the data mean, you will need to familiarize yourself with the data collection methods, the nuances of the data, SQL, and the workings of the database itself.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the data. Take at least two to three work days to read and orient yourself to the paper data that come in from the field. We may request that you spend more than two or three days at this.

Step 2: Read the Monitoring Guide for the Amboseli Baboon Research Project to obtain an understanding of the field protocols employed to obtain the project’s data. Then, go back to the data you looked at in Step 1 and have another look with new eyes. Feel free to also peruse the ABRP website and our bibliography.

Step 3: Take this online SQL course. You must pass the test before moving on to the next step. This will help you learn to write Babase queries more effectively and efficiently.

Step 4: Read The Babase System Technical Specifications to orient you to the tables, views, and inner workings of Babase. Everyone should read Chapter 1 Introduction, most of Chapter 2 Babase System Architecture (you can skip the last sections, beginning with Special Values), and the Group Membership and Life Events sections of Chapter 3 Baboon Data: Primary Source Material, Chapter 4 Baboon Data: Analyzed, Chapter 5 Support Tables, & Chapter 6 The Babase Views. You will also want to read any other sections of Chapters 3 through 6 that are relevant to your research questions.

At this point, you should talk to a data manager (probably Jake or Niki) about getting yourself a login to Babase. The remaining steps are difficult or impossible to do without one.

Step 5: You are now ready to get started with Babase. This page on the wiki will guide you through how to get logins for Babase and how to sign up for the Babase mailing lists to keep you informed on important Babase happenings, as well as where to get logins for the wiki and Papio, if needed. The Getting Started with Babase document provides a guide for using the Babase interface and also lists other useful resources.

Read the Babase Best Practices. We strongly suggest bookmarking it so that you can easily refer back to it in the future.

Step 6: Take the Babase Quiz. Contact Jake or Niki if you have questions.

Once you have passed the quiz you are ready to begin working in Babase. While using the database, please keep in mind the tips and suggestions given in the Babase Best Practices.

To keep from tying up Babase, please remember to limit the returns on new, difficult queries by adding “limit 100” to the end of your queries until you are sure they work. If you do run a query that gets hung up in Babase, please alert Niki or Jake so it can be killed ASAP. Good luck and we hope you’ll enjoy your time here at the Amboseli Baboon Research Project!

BabaseTrainingCourse (last edited 2022-05-03 20:41:40 by JakeGordon)

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