Communicating Science Tools via Resource Cataloguing, Description Skills

For my last two weeks at PNW, I have been working on revising the “Tools” Catalog. Often, scientists provide a very high-level overview of their tool, what it does, and how it works. PNW came up with a template for describing each tool. The Communications and Applications group pores over the original material to explain the key messages in the research product: what is it? How can it be used? I’ve been enjoying the research needed to evaluate what the tool does, how it can be used, and the linkages. I think my efforts have made a major contribution to ability to understand the resources made available by PNW scientists – major example below.

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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.

Posted on May 19, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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