PNW EFR Website and database creation

From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:32 PM
To: Youngblood, Anthony – FS < >; Burks, Matthew C -FS < >
Cc: Wilson, Todd – FS <>
Subject: RE: PNW EFR Website and database creation

Hi Anthony,

I’m glad you pointed out the RNA site – I agree it is a good model. A less obvious feature buried in that site is an interactive map of all the NFS research natural areas available to scientists:

Just a wild guess here as I don’t work on it – but could this be a useful feature for the Science Support Network on SharePoint? Perhaps a small database of research sites and opportunities in an Access Web App might be useful? I’m kind of getting the idea of a “matchmaking service” for PNW researchers and available research sites. I’m attaching a spreadsheet I created really quickly with the data from the OSU site for the locations specific to the forest service ( perhaps for no reason other than the RNA sites and the map interest me, and I want to have a handy reference back to it). Some ideas to expand the potential utility of a hypothetical “matchmaking” database might be to include other publications in TreeSearch done at the specific RNAs, and maybe the species available to study at the site. I’m not sure what that would end up looking like, but the idea interests me.

For the other part, I think you’ll be pleased to learn that Tiffany has built up a section for Experimental Forests and Ranges on the upcoming Drupal Site, and it is indeed modelled after RMRS:

Matt, the example content linked at would make great content for an ESRI “Story Map” for our (ten?) experimental forests and ranges – the linked page really lends itself well to that medium.

All of the EF&R have really fascinating histories and research legacies that make for good stories.


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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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