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Oceanographer Fran Lightsom Receives Leadership and Innovation Award from the USGS Community for Data Integration



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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI) presents its Leadership and Innovation Award to a community member for outstanding contributions in guiding USGS data integration activities through the CDI working groups. The award is meant to recognize someone who brings new ideas to life and provides unwavering leadership in producing tangible results that will improve data integration, access, and discovery. The awardee actively seeks collaborative approaches, embraces new perspectives, and provides a stimulating forum to address on-the-ground data integration needs of the community. Through this leadership, the awardee’s contributions move the CDI, and on a broader scale, the USGS and its partners, forward to a more integrated data landscape that ultimately advances USGS science.

Fran Lightsom receives the USGS Community for Data Integration Leadership and Innovation Award
Above: Fran Lightsom (USGS) receives the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) Leadership and Innovation Award from Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for USGS Core Science Systems, at the CDI Annual Workshop, May 11–14, 2015. USGS photograph by Daniel Wieferich. [larger version]

At the CDI Annual Workshop, May 11–14, 2015, Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for USGS Core Science Systems, honored Fran Lightsom with the 2015 CDI Leadership and Innovation Award. Lightsom is a Supervisory Oceanographer at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, a leader in the Data Management Council of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, the USGS Ocean Data Ambassador (see “USGS Ocean Data Ambassador Announces New Website for Marine Planning and Resource Management”), and the USGS representative to the Data and Information Working Group of the National Ocean Council. In all of these roles Lightsom has been a persistent advocate for excellence in data management and open data. She has brought this same dedication and enthusiasm to the wider CDI, and has been a dynamic and enthusiastic participant since the community’s inception.

Lightsom has made significant leadership and innovative contributions to the CDI for more than four years. She has worked tirelessly to bring together subject-matter experts from the USGS, other agencies, and academia in a variety of working groups and open sessions to consider issues related to data lifecycle policies and best practices, as well as data reuse. Lightsom fully engages in every working group and project team in which she participates, and she is both renowned and appreciated for the sense of humor and the insights that she brings to these activities. Additionally, she has the gift for seeing both the forest and the trees, engaging every challenge with a clear and focused approach that motivates teams, inspires dialogue, and ensures progress.

In 2012, Lightsom launched the CDI Data Release Use Case Team to streamline workflows for releasing USGS data on the web. Additionally, she led the Data Policy team to complete the newly released data-management instructional memos for USGS personnel. She has played a major role in the CDI Semantic Web Working Group, leading or co-leading two successfully funded CDI projects to explore innovative linked-data approaches that allow scientific data from disparate sources to “speak the same language,” thereby facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration and synthesis on issues of importance to decision-makers. She is also on a collaborative CDI project to bring geographic search capabilities to the USGS Publications Warehouse and help develop new workflows for enhancing USGS publication records with geographic “footprints”—typically, the study area relevant to the publication. All of this work has important lasting impacts that will ultimately advance the management and publication of scientific data throughout the USGS. Please join the USGS Community for Data Integration in congratulating Fran Lightsom on this important award.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Ocean Data Ambassador Announces New Website for Marine Planning and Resource Management
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May / June 2014
Use-Case Training for the Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Research Community
July / August 2014
Meeting to Coordinate USGS Data Management to Support Ocean Planning
July / Aug. 2013
Moving Toward a World Wide Web for Scientific Data—Working Sessions on Use Cases for Semantic-Web Development
Jan. / Feb. 2012

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Fieldwork
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Expedition Explores Deep-Sea Areas near Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Imaging Methane Seeps and Plumes on the U.S. Atlantic Margin

Research
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Spotlight on Sandy
Mendenhall Postdoc Joins Estuarine Physical Response Project

Meetings
Spring 2015 Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group Meeting

Awards
Amanda Demopoulos Receives USGS Leadership Award

Fran Lightsom Receives Leadership and Innovation Award for Data Integration

Jim Hein Receives DOI Distinguished Service Award

Jim Jacobi Receives DOI Distinguished Service Award

Staff
Cheryl Hapke Is New Director of St. Petersburg, Florida, Science Center

Publications New Maps Reveal Seafloor off San Francisco

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