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Visioneers Telecon, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014 Telecon Notes

Visioneers Telecon, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014 Telecon Notes

Visioneers Telecon, February 25, 2013

Infographics for coastal impacts

  • need to tell the story using picture, not just about what the data says but also about how the data informs the process of making a decision
  • bring emergency responder, city managers, police chiefs, Red Cross to respond to an emerging disaster - hack-a-thon, mashup, crowdsourcing
  • NC Be Prepared
  • Candidate Topics - tsunami
  • Data provider; Researchers/Synthesis; End users (infographic users)

Possible Topics

  • OSTP directive on Open Access to Research Data


  • Set up a time to talk with Frank Lindsay, workshop funding (this coming Friday or Monday) (Carol)
  • Sponsorship clarification at UNC/Renci (Chris, Leesa)

Visioneers Telecon, February 11, 2013


  1. Theme for the Meeting
  2. Earth Intelligence Infographics Contest
  3. Other Business

Visioneers Telecon, January 28, 2013


  1. Winter Meeting Debrief (Survey Results)
  2. Summer 2013 Meeting Location, Resources, Theme, Speaker, Workshops/Breakouts Suggestions
  3. Other Business

Visioneers Telecon, March, 22 2011

Attendees: Steve Olding, Curt Tilmes, Greg Leptoukh, Margaret Mooney, Carol Meyer, Erin Robinson, Bruce Caron, Karl Benedict

  1. Last Meeting (March 7, 2011)
    1. Open Meeting day reconfiguring to have emergent meeting capabilities on every day | Thursday will have breakout/workshops
      1. Emergent meetings - 3 round tables in a room; need to work on explaining concept and how we publish sessions emerging
    2. Need to message committee chairs and ExCom about meeting theme
  2. Teacher Workshop - starts Tuesday morning and runs all day Tuesday, half day Wed. The Tuesday morning session will have all the teachers together in one room and then afternoon teachers will choose between two breakout sessions.
  3. Plenary talks
    1. Definitions of data and information quality
    2. Panel of a variety of users along value chain (science, education, modeling, application)
    3. Quality from the Field - the experience of LTER and DataOne, Bill Michener
  4. Poster session and cocktail party will be Wednesday evening, after the first plenary session.
  5. Field trip Thursday or Friday - Karl Benedict coordinating
  6. Ignite Talks - Thursday during afternoon break
  7. Friday morning committee work; FUNding Friday and then after lunch breakout sessions.

Visioneers Telecon, October 18, 2010

Attendees: Bruce Caron, Margaret Mooney, Annette Schloss, Rob Raskin, Carol Meyer

1. Meeting planning update.

a. Updated proposed theme (Evaluating and Maximizing the Impact of Earth Science Information)
  • all the breakouts
b. Speaker invites
  • Moore Foundation, Sloan Foundation (Census of Marine Life - Jesse Ozabel (RS of Landcover)) - What does success mean? - Carol to follow up with Frew
c. Breakout sessions
Committee, Cluster, Working Group Chairs have expressed their interest
d. Poster session
  • Best of show that highlights the Federation best (popular vote, vote with stickers/markers)
  • Best demonstration of theme (Type reps to break ties)
  • Is there a poster sharing site?; searchable pdfs
  • Prize: newsletter recognition, Amazon gift card, nicely packaged

2. Developing guidance to breakout session leads for report outs on their sessions.

  • Rapporteurs from area universities to take notes
  • Required abstracts for each session (250 words) - conference management service
  • Powerpoints/slides (slideshare)
  • Micro-articles (future) - reviewed collection of short articles - helps to build reputation - need a template for article submission - GoogleKnol

3. Finalizing poster session guidelines and judging.
4. Other business.

Visioneers Telecon, October 4, 2010

Attendees: Bruce Caron, Chris Lenhardt, Emily Law, Bruce Wilson, Jim Frew, Ana Prados, Steve Berrick, Carol Meyer, Eric Kihn, Rob Raskin

Bruce Caron welcomed the participants and recapped the discussions to date relating to the developmen of a meeting theme. Proposed Theme: Evaluating and Maximizing the Value of Earth Science Information.

Related subtopics: building reputation through data citation.

Possible speakers:

  • Bibliometrics representative
  • Mark Parsons (data citation)
  • Foundation speaker (how the philanthropic community evaluates impact - MacArthur, Pew)
  • Google Analytics

Define the problem and channel the path to a solution.

  • Societal benefit - communities to define the value of the data & information
  • Points of progress along the way

Where Are We, What Can We Do? status/reality check There are a lot of different goals/needs; defining the problem, attack the problem, technological solutions. This meeting could be the opportunity to take a 'fresh look' at the challenge of metrics.

Juried Poster Session Discussion

  • People's Choice Award (attendee direct vote or Excom to vote)
  • Type Rep Review of Posters (best poster)
  • posters that takes advantage of Federation capabilities/collaboration
  • upload poster images (digital document)

Business Meeting Agenda

  • Partnership Types
  • Publishing (R. Ramachandran)
  • Annual Election (pre-meeting electronic vote)
  • Partnership Election (pre-meeting electronic vote)

Visioneers Telecon September 20, 2010


Visoneers Telecon – September 20, 2010

Present:Bruce Caron, Carol Meyer, Brian Rogan, Rob Raskin, Tyler Stevens, Karl Benedict, Annette Schloss, LuAnn Dahlman

There is a now wiki page posted for both the summer and winter meetings. The ExCom had no concerns about the move of the summer meeting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Bruce has put together the first iteration for a best practices document for Technical Workshops. It was also suggested to have one for the Open Meetings as well as one for the Breakout Sessions.

Carol mentioned that if more guidance could be provided to the conveners of the sessions then it would help to generate meeting proceedings at the end of each meeting.

Rahul Ramachadran is working on a way to create these documents easier and compile a proceedings document.

Meeting Theme

Carol gave a recap of the call with Ann Doucette of the Teacher Evaluator Institute. Ann suggested a number of suggestions for workshop sessions on evaluation. This would help our community understand what is valuable to measure and look at and use the information to refine their projects mid-course and to report back to their funders. For projects that are over a significant amount of time, there is a real call for evaluation. This should be considered as the overall theme of the meeting but as ESIP history has shown, the meeting offerings aren’t always tightly focused. The plenary sessions, however, will be close to the theme. OMB has made evaluation a current priority and it isn’t clear how this will affect our sponsors. How can we make metrics valuable?


There were several speaker suggestions that were listed in the wiki, including Ann Doucette, OMB, Bob Donahue of WGBH and a panel of agencies members. Karl asked if there was anyone from NSF that might talk about their evaluative components. NSF does have evaluators that evaluate various projects. Karl is willing to make a couple of inquiries to NSF to see if there is someone who could present.

Heidi Cullen was asked to speak at the summer meeting but was unable to attend. She is interested in attending the winter meeting.

It was noted that Ed Geary of GLOBE to attend. Could he be a speaker? The program is at an inflexion point where it is reinventing itself technologically and has a new mission to do climate change education. With the potential of a new Climate Education Working Group, there may be an interest on their part to attend. There is some travel money to help with their costs.

Would GLOBE be interested in being an in-house case study as part of the meeting? It was felt that we could enter into a conversation and see if they were interested in sharpening their evaluation skill set?

Strand Ideas for the Meeting

Products and Services, Decisions and Energy groups will all want to have strands at the meeting. There are a minimum of five rooms but there is room to grow.

Juried Posters

This was an idea that Chris Lenhardt has been thinking about doing. He feels there have been a number of recycled posters and that we should begin to judge posters based on some types of criteria and offer an award. There has been a document that has been created that shows how to make a good poster. Can we find a way to keep the posters up for longer than just during the poster session?

What are the criteria to judge the poster and what would the winner get? A number of suggestions were given and it was important to note that there does need to be criteria on how they are judged. How does it promote the federation is one important criteria. The criteria could also vary with the theme of the meeting. How does it reflect the community aspect of the federation?

It would be important if we could pdfs of the posters to serve as metrics. Rahul described micro articles which are compressed versions of presentations that could be part of a published collection somewhere.

The next telecon will be October 4th at 2 PM 

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