[Taxacom] VertNet Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop 2 - Call for Applications

Robert Guralnick Robert.Guralnick at colorado.edu
Mon Oct 15 23:42:06 CDT 2012


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
VertNet Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop 2

VertNet is pleased to announce the second Biodiversity Informatics
Training Workshop (BITW), scheduled for June 24-28, 2013.  The
workshop will provide training and experience in the use of primary
biodiversity data sources and the tools necessary to become proficient
in biodiversity informatics and conduct high-level research.  Led by
experienced informaticists and researchers, the BITW will emphasize
the use and analysis of aggregated biodiversity data from VertNet, and
other sources, for a wide variety of research.

During the five-day course, participants will work closely with
trainers to address compelling biodiversity research questions and
focus on the entire scope of a research project, including data
acquisition, tools for data evaluation, analysis, and project
dissemination and outreach.  Participants are expected to bring high
levels of motivation and desire to learn the fundamentals of
biodiversity informatics and become users of cutting edge tools in GIS
and modeling although not necessarily expected to have experience in
them. The workshop will include large and small group exercises on a
common curriculum, as well as the opportunity for participants to
discuss and explore their own research goals/questions.  Virtual talks
by research professionals from across the U.S. will provide
opportunities to discuss how others use informatics tools and
workflows.  Participants will explore and utilize:

●      Data sources for discovery, acquisition, data standards,
database creation and organization (VertNet, GBIF, Darwin Core)
●      Organization, analysis, workflow, and data improvement tools
●      Biodiversity measurement and analysis techniques
●      Species distribution modeling approaches
●      Dissemination, education, and outreach mechanisms (e.g., citizen science)

The goal of the workshop is to provide conceptual frameworks and
hands-on experience with a suite of data sources such as VertNet
(including MaNIS, FishNet, HerpNET, and ORNIS), EOL, Map of Life, and
other software tools (e.g., BioGeomancer, GEOLocate, Quantum GIS, R
Statistics, ArcGIS, Maxent).

At the end of the week, participants should leave the workshop with:

1.     an understanding of the evolution of, and the workflows within,
a research project;
2.     a set of basic skills to use data repositories, informatics and
analytic tools, and an understanding of which tools are appropriate
for specific tasks;
3.     knowledge of the abundant resources and additional training
available to them.

Who should attend?
Advanced undergraduates, recent post baccalaureates, and early-career
graduate students currently working, or interested in a career in a
biodiversity related field, including, but not limited to, ecology,
conservation, geography, biology, environmental science, computer
science, and library science.

Workshop Selection and Support
Acceptance to the BITW is a competitive process and the workshop is
limited to 20 participants.  All applications materials and
recommendations must be received by 11:59pm PT on January 11, 2013 for
consideration.  Accepted participants will be notified in March 2013.
Individuals selected to participate will receive support for six
nights accommodation, support for transportation to and from the
workshop, and per diem to help cover daily expenses.  Accommodations
will be provided on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Application materials are available at
http://vertnet.org/about/BITW.php.  Submit application materials
online (http://vertnet.org/about/BITW.php) or send all completed
materials and one letter of recommendation to dbloom at vertnet.org.


David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-3160

Phone: 510.643.1620
Fax: 510.643.8238

Email: dbloom at vertnet.org
Email: dbloom at berkeley.edu

URL: http://www.vertnet.org

VertNet Portals:
MaNIS: http://www.manisnet.org
HerpNET: http://www.herpnet.org
ORNIS: http://www.ornisnet.org
FishNet2: http://www.fishnet2.net




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