Science Processes

Studying and finding new ways to improve current methods of scientific research

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DataONE (Observation Network for Earth)

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Bertram Ludäscher
Total funding to date
$416,623.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a collaborative, global project that is laying the groundwork for a new, innovative approach to conducting environmental science research. DataONE is a distributed framework and sustainable infrastructue poised to resolve many of the key challenges that hinder the realization of more global,…

Practical Ethics for Working with Human-Centered and Online Data

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

How can we be rule compliant and still innovate? The collection and analysis of human-centered and/ or data are governed by multiple sets of norms and regulations. Problems can arise when researchers are unaware of applicable rules, uninformed about their practical meaning and compatibility, and insufficiently skilled in implementing them. We are developing and delivering educational modules…

Rapid Prototyping of Semantic Enhancements to Biodiversity Informatics Platforms

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
Michael Twidale
Total funding to date
$292,306.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Taxonomists are scientists who describe the world’s biodiversity. These descriptions of millions of species allow scientists to do many different kinds of research, including basic biology, environmental science, climate research, agriculture, and medicine. The problem is that describing any one species is not easy. The language used by taxonomists to describe their data is complex, and…

Transforming Taxonomic Interfaces

Investigator
Michael Twidale
Total funding to date
$421,200.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

The goal of this research is to help researchers develop and use relatively simple tools to describe species in a way that make those descriptions easier to share with other scientists and easier for computers to process and analyze. The approach is bottom-up and iterative, involving the rapid prototyping of tools, combining of existing tools, and the tailoring of applications developed for…

Workforce Training: A Quasi-Experimental Approach Using the Effects of Research Funding

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Vetle Torvik
Total funding to date
$175,918.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

This project examines the impact of different research funding structures on the training of future scientists, particularly graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and the impact on their subsequent outcomes. Our proposed research begins by examining the way in which research (and most training) is funded and done. We classify projects by whether they are large or small scale (by funding…

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