Time for a webinar round-up. There were a number of useful "external" (non-CDI) webinars over the past two weeks. (Sometimes it seems like my eyes are glued to WebEx for a very large proportion of the day.) If you didn’t get a chance to watch these, here is a quick run-down and some links.
Greg Wilson, Software Carpentry
3/8/16: Greg’s account of lessons learned from years of Software Carpentry workshops contained some really interesting and useful nuggets for anyone who wants to teach anything effectively. Team teaching for feedback and improvement, iteration on lesson plans by a large group of instructors and students, and advertising specific tools (python, github) as opposed to abstract concepts (automation of tasks, version control) are some of the points he discussed. He suggested checking out the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Ambrose et al. That book is now sitting on my shelf as a result of interlibrary loan, and I hope to look at it before it is overdue.
Ouida Meier, EarthCube CRESCYNT - Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network, University of Hawaii
3/11/16: Ouida gave a tour of a long list of tools for research. Some of the categories of tools she reviewed are: collaboration, workflows, repositories, statistical data analysis, data visualization, mapping, protocols, unique identifiers, metadata creation, image management, audio manipulation and analysis, biological taxonomy, and learning to code. The video is available now at the YouTube link, and I suggest skimming through the slides once they are posted on the webinar series page. There are several tools that I’d not heard of, and I want to check out.
Slides to be posted on the Webinar Series Page
Lisa Johnson, USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP) / PAD-US Coordinator
3/16/16: What can you do with a Protected Areas Database? At first I had no idea, but Lisa ran through several applications such as analyzing how much of a species habitat is protected, searching for park lands with specific features, and getting more accurate maps of protected areas than shown in Google Maps! PAD-US is the nation’s inventory of protected public areas, it connects disparate efforts and reduces duplication among the many organizations that deal with these areas. Visit PAD-US at gapanalysis.usgs.gov/padus. The project team welcomes new applications for their data and new potential partners.