Coastal and Marine Geology Program's 2003 Knowledge Bank Workshop: Initiating MontereyBayScience.org
From June 16 to 19, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) held its third Knowledge Bank Workshop at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Quissett Campus in Woods Hole, MA. The purpose of this workshop was to map out a strategy and launch a National Knowledge Bank Project prototype.
Workshop leaders Fran Lightsom (Woods Hole), Debbie Hutchinson (Woods Hole), Rob Wertz (St. Petersburg, FL), Trent Faust (St. Petersburg), Fausto Marincioni (Woods Hole), and Dennis Krohn (St. Petersburg) welcomed 29 participants from headquarters in Reston, VA, and field centers in Menlo Park, CA, St. Petersburg, FL, and Woods Hole, MA. The workshop benefited from the insight and advice of Dawn Lavoie, CMGP Associate Program Coordinator.
Adding perspectives from outside CMGP were representatives from the Director's Office (David Govoni), the Geography Discipline (Roger Barlow), and private industry (Sam Hunting, of eTopicality, Inc.).
Trent Faust led a half-day seminar on user-centered information-architecture design, which addressed several of the issues facing the Knowledge Bank. This seminar was an abbreviated version of a full-day seminar presented by Adaptive Path, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting companies in the development of information architectures which communicate effectively to their users. Incorporating principles of user-centered design and usability testing, this information-architecture process will help guide the construction and evolution of current and future online Knowledge Bank products.
The workshop series was begun in response to the National Research Council (NRC)'s Grand Challenge 2: to develop a national knowledge banka comprehensive inventory of data held by various groups and agencieson the geologic framework of the U.S. coastal and marine regions. The first workshop was a brainstorming session to establish a project vision and goals. The second workshop undertook the task of planning a response to the NRC's challenge. The 2003 workshop affirmed the commitment to develop a knowledge bank by initiating a pilot Web site for the Monterey Bay area named MontereyBayScience.org.
Monterey Bay was chosen as the pilot site because it is a coastal area that has national visibility, a large holding of previously collected USGS data, and an already-established coalition of partners. Rex Sanders (Menlo Park) noted, "We have an opportunity to provide leadership, expertise, and limited resources, to lead a diverse scientific community to greater accomplishment."
MontereyBayScience.org will have three primary uses:
MontereyBayScience.org will begin building with existing information-management services. Here are some that were noted at the meeting:
MontereyBayScience.org will be much more than just a Web site; it will support maps, fact sheets, pamphlets, posters, services, presentations, and symposiums and will reuse existing materials to create new products.
MontereyBayScience.org will represent much more than just the CMGP; it will be a cooperative effort. The workshop identified more than 30 potential partners outside the USGS and 6 potential partners inside the USGS. All partners will benefit by combining their strengths and limited resources to create products and services no single institution could afford.
For more information about MontereyBayScience.org, contact:
Rex Sanders, 650-329-5196, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Krohn, 727-803-8747 x3062, email@example.com
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Coastal and Marine Geology Program Knowledge Bank