Empowering ecologists with informatics education and training
Ecological Society of America
August 10, 2005
The following is an abstract from this week’s Ecological Society of America meeting in Montreal.
Ecological research needs of the 21st century are being enabled by the development of new cyberinfrastructure for management, integration, and analysis of distributed, heterogeneous, sometimes massive, data collections. Ecologists are confronted with a host of new technologies, terminology, and ways of collaborating that are drastically different from anything in their experience. The kinds of questions being asked require synthesis of data from many sources. It is imperative that a cohort of ecologists become adept at conducting technology-enabled research at any scale. This session features four scientists who are presently involved in ecoinformatics education, training, and research, in different capacities, and with different groups (e.g., undergrads, graduates, technicians, postdocs, faculty). Each will offer a short presentation on the nature of their involvement, difficulties encountered, and positive experiences. The presentations will be followed by a 1-hour panel discussion of effective approaches for introducing ecoinformatics into the ecological community.
Organizers: Deana Pennington, Julie Jones, Samantha Romanello
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