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Community Education and Engagement

The Working Group has been formed to determine effective means for engaging with DataONE’s stakeholders, to improve DataONE technical tools, and build community capacity for sharing and using data. This activity will require deep analysis of existing literature in order to make evidence-based recommendations, and thus should lead to peer-reviewed publications that have impact beyond DataONE activity, in addition to guiding DataONE efforts. The Group will include stakeholders in large-scale environmental data sharing efforts, including scientists and non-scientists, and identify the widely varying means for engaging them, e.g., through targeted media efforts, and training. A training program will be developed for targeted groups of stakeholders, scaling with the Cyberinfrastructure (CI) efforts within DataONE, i.e. initially focusing on capacity building education that can be achieved using existing resources, and including increasing level of specificity for DataONE tools as they develop. This Group will coordinate efforts with the Usability and Assessment Working Group, e.g., integrating Assessment into training activity, and providing testing grounds for Usability. This Group will provide regular feedback to the CI team, and respond to questions from the technical team and requests to “test drive” CI products, an activity that requires initial specification of the explicit channels of communication with DataONE’s CI team, largely the responsibility of the Working Group co-leads and DataONE leadership.

WG Charter (pdf)

Working Group Leaders

  • Stephanie Hampton, Center for Environmental Research, Education & Outreach (CEREO), Washington State University
  • Gail Steinhart, Cornell University

Working Group Members

  • Scott Chamberlain, Simon Fraser University
  • Cliff Duke, Ecological Society of America
  • Wendy Gram, National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Heather Henkel, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Stacy Rebich Hespanha, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • John Porter, University of Virginia
  • Carly Strasser, California Digital Library
  • Kristin Vanderbilt, Long-Term Ecological Research, University of New Mexico
  • Lynda Wayne, GeoMaxim
  • Stephanie Wright, University of Washington Libraries

Past Working Group Members

  • Archer Batcheller, Northrop Grumman
  • Corinna Gries, Long-Term Ecological Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vivian Hutchison, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Joshua Tewksbury, University of Washington

Current Projects

  • The future for ecologists in the digital world
  • Symposium and workshop development for professional societies’ meetings
  • Data management training module development for online dissemination
  • Wikipedia updates on topics relevant to environmental data management and sharing