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Portal Project Teaching Database

posted on 2020-08-27, 12:49 authored by Morgan ErnestMorgan Ernest, James Brown, Thomas Valone, Ethan P. WhiteEthan P. White

The Portal Project Teaching Database is a simplified version of the Portal Project Database designed for teaching. It provides a real world example of life-history, population, and ecological data, with sufficient complexity to teach many aspects of data analysis and management, but with many complexities removed to allow students to focus on the core ideas and skills being taught.

The database is currently available in csv, json, and sqlite.

This database is not designed for research as it intentionally removes some of the real-world complexities. The original database is published at Ecological Archives( and this version of the database should be used for research purposes. The Python code used for converting the original database to this teach version is included as ''. Suggested changes or additions to this dataset can be requested or contributed in the project GitHub repository(


National Science Foundation 1622425, 0953694