[Taxacom] VertNet Steering Committee -- Call for At-Large members

Robert Guralnick Robert.Guralnick at colorado.edu
Mon Nov 19 12:13:24 CST 2012

*Dear Taxacom ---- Its my great pleasure announce two at-large membership
openings for the VertNet Steering Committee.
VertNet<http://vertnet.org/about/project.php>is a community data
sharing project built around solving solutions
regarding scale and sustainability of biodiversity data publishing
networks.  VertNet is built by the community for the community.  Given its
strong focus on community involvement, we seek two (2) new at-large members
to join the VertNet Steering Committee.  The purpose of the Steering
Committee is “to provide scientific, technical, and managerial guidance and
support to the VertNet project team and to serve as the primary engine for
outreach to the collections community.”  The current steering committee
composition and more about the project can be found at

Steering Committee members will work with the VertNet project team to: (1)
develop and expand the network of data contributors participating in
VertNet through outreach, including, but not limited to, those activities
defined in the project narrative <http://goo.gl/dPPyP> approved and funded
by the National Science Foundation (NSF); (2) identify opportunities and
help secure funding for VertNet staff and the development and maintenance
of VertNet beyond the NSF funding period; and (3) work with the VertNet
team to develop a sustainability plan for VertNet.

Responsibilities of all Steering Committee members include:

   - Participate in monthly conference call discussions, email
   correspondence, and additional meetings as necessary.
   - Review project documents, reports, and outreach plans
   - Provide guidance and direction to VN Project PIs and team members on
   matters including, but not limited to, science and research, project
   management, funding raising, and the creation and development of outreach
   - Represent and promote VertNet tools and services to professional
   societies and interest groups, the collections community (domestically and
   abroad), government agencies, biodiversity scientists and researchers,
   informaticians, educators, and the general public.
   - Other responsibilities as necessary.

The term for each At-Large member will be one (1) year with the opportunity
for renewal at the completion of the term.  At-Large members should have
significant experience in at least one of the following:

   - collection management
   - informatics development and big data
   - community and academic outreach
   - biodiversity-oriented research
   - business management and sustainability
   - grant writing and fundraising

VertNet welcomes applications from members of the private, non-profit,
academic, governmental, and broad biodiversity communities.

“Service on the committee is recognized throughout the community, provides
a chance to understand a key set of social and technical processes
governing data sharing projects, and is simply rewarding on many levels,
from professional contacts to engagement on key issues.”  - VertNet
Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Robert Guralnick.

Applicants may be resident in any location, but must be able to attend
regular “virtual” meetings during the hours of 10am-4pm Pacific Time in the
United States.

To apply, please complete the
application<http://vertnet.org/help/scannouncement.php>on the VertNet
web site.  Applications
must be submitted by 11:59pm on January 11th, 2013.*
Best regards, Rob Guralnick

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