Data Management with SQL for Ecologists: Setup


This lesson uses specific data files from the Portal Project Teaching Database. To get the data, go to the data location on figshare and click on the Download all button to download the zip file.

If you are working on this lesson on your own, you can move the zipped data file to anywhere on your computer where it is easy to access, and unzip the files. If you are working on this lesson as part of a workshop, your instructor may advise you to unzip the data files in a specific location.

See the Ecology Workshop Overview Page for more details about the data set.


Download DB Browser for SQLite for your operating system from DB Browser for SQLite is a visual tool to create, edit, and query SQLite databases. SQLite is included with DB Browser for SQLite, so it does not have to be installed separately.

  • There are a few options for Windows, but most modern computers can use the Standard installer for 64-bit Windows version
    • The .zip (no installer) version can be run directly from the folder, after extracting the contents of the zip file. It will not show up in the Start menu.

Launch DB Browser for SQLite to confirm that the installation was successful.

Am I ready?

The first lesson episode has instructions on loading the data in DB Browser. If you can follow the instructions under “Relational Databases” or “Import”, everything should have downloaded and installed correctly.