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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