The CEDAR software is intended for users of any level of technical skill, so users should be able to pick it up and make simple templates or create simple metadata records with little effort.
At the same time, the software provides powerful capabilities to create metadata that is highly structured, carefully validated, and richly connected to concepts defined by the target community. We will be offering a variety of training resources, such as our training tutorial, for CEDAR users.
Embedded In-App Training
The CEDAR system provides considerable assistance within the program itself.
Many fields contain internal prompts to indicate what needs to be provided, and helpful tips will be made available (using the ? icon) for users needing more information about a particular feature or field.
Templates created with CEDAR can also specify descriptive text for the metadata field itself, or for a pop-up help window visible when the mouse hovers over the field.
And CEDAR will have a menu link to get additional help, including on-line user and training materials.
During this interim period, users may find the online CEDAR Orientation a helpful resource.
As the program's public release continues, we will provide additional on-line training materials such as the following.
This training tutorial walks you through the basic CEDAR capabilities, including CEDAR's ability to associate controlled terms (semantics) with specific fields or elements.
Once a production version of CEDAR is officially released, the CEDAR team will provide video screencasts to illustrate key features of CEDAR operations.
As CEDAR becomes more full-featured, and is more widely adopted, CEDAR training opportunities will be expanded. We anticipate on-line webinars, streamed in real-time and recorded for later viewing; and organized training classes, much like the yearly classes Protégé offers.
We also expect to provide training opportunities at biomedical informatics conferences.
Please contact us if you anticipate a specific training need that we have not presented above.