NPGS GRIN-Global News & Training Page
2023 - Q & A Series
ZOOM DIRECTIONSUnless notified, all Q&As and webinars will be using ZOOM with the following:
Meeting ID: 160 3144 7305
Audio If you prefer using the phone, use ZOOM's call back feature or dial by your location:
+1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)
+1 646 828 7666 US (New York)
Employee Entrance / Exit Checklist
A new employee joining your GG team? Or someone leaving soon? We have a brief list of actions that pertain to GG for both scenarios. These actions are easy to forget, hence the list - check it out!
New NPGS staff should also review this brief overview of the GRIN-Global environment. check it out!
NPGS sites: Wondering if there is a more efficient way in GG? Consider having customized training at your "doorstep." Contact Marty to set up ZOOM sessions to meet the needs of your site - address new staff learning needs, common GG hurdles, ...
2023 - Q & A Series
Join us in 2023 for one or many of the Q & A sessions that are held on Thursdays, 2:00 PM Eastern. Each session is typically an overview of a topic followed by a forum discussion. Staff new and old who use the Curator Tool in their daily work will find the sessions useful.
Send emails to marty.reisinger @ usda.gov to suggest topics or to be included in his Q&A email list. Note: Sessions are typically recorded and made available later on this page. Also, contact Marty if your NPGS site would like to schedule a webinar for specific GG questions.
Intro to GG & the Curator Tool Series
A GRIN-Global / Curator Tool 5-part series began on February 22. After each session, participants were expected to complete a "homework" exercise. You can complete this series on your own - the video recordings and exercises are on the Video page https://www.grin-global.org/videos.htm
To practice completing the exercises, participants should have a TRAINING database Curator Tool account set up. (This is not the same as the NPGSWEB database.) Please contact the GG database administrator, Benjamin Haag if you need accounts. Contact
NPGS Advisory Committee
NPGS Advisory Committee
AdCom Priorities Brainstorming Session
April 11 & 25, 2023
In two sessions in April, the AdCom brainstormed with the goal of identifying needs and generating ideas that if acted on would improve NPGS effectiveness.
Previous Q & A Topics
Inventory: Traditional, Seasonal, or Virtual?
SQL 102-Beyond the Basics
Visibility & Availability
Inventory - Review of the Availability Trigger
Overview of GGCE
SQL Basics - 101
SQL queries can be submiited via the Public Website interface and the query results can then be easily extracted to Excel for further analysis. Using SQL, you can quickly determine database contents and information. In today’s session, we provided a good foundation on SQL basics. Sometime soon (date undecided), we’ll provide a follow-up Q&A session with more advanced topics.
Adding Crop Observations (Part 3)
Adding Crop Observations (Part 2)
USDA Pecan Database
Ellen Provin at Brownwood will demo their application used in the Pecan orchard for managing many functions, such as tracking the history of each tree, providing summary observation data, and incorporating fieldbooks via tablets.
Adding Crop Observations (Part 1)
What's New? (with GRIN-Global)
Orders/Shipping: FAQs & Best Practices
Updating Site Details
Crop Wild Relatives & Mapping Application
Dan Carver demoed locating Crop Wild Relatives with a web mapping application. This resource showcases data from Khoury and Carver et al. (2020) and was developed in collaboration with the USDA-ARS Partnerships for Data Innovations.
Public Website Wish List
Reviewed the recently released Seasonal Availability feature. Primarily used by clonal crops, with this new feature it is possible to specify a range of dates, starting and ending, to restrict PW distributions for a given form (cuttings, leaves, pollen, etc.)
Cullen McGovern demonstrated the "smile" tool he has been developing. smile enables users to access data, create reports, barcodes, etc. using the GRIN-Global database, directly from a browser.
Attachment Wizard - What's New?
Using Dynamic Folders to Find Stuff
Joining Cooperator Records
Marty demo'd how to associate multiple cooperator records for the same cooperator when addresses are different.
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