--Ben ****************************************************** Ben Domenico Unidata Acting Director http://www.unidata.ucar.edu P.O. Box 3000 address@hidden Boulder, CO 80307 (303)497-8631 FAX: (303)497-8690
Members of the Dataset Working Group (DAWG) Listserve
There is currently an NSF Program Solicitation to provide core services for DLESE (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02158/nsf02158.htm). One of the areas for which a core service is needed is "Data Access Services". Ben Domenico, Mike Taber and I are writing a proposal in response to this solicitation. This DLESE services project is not for the development of infrastructure, tools, or educational modules. It is aimed instead at services that will ensure that existing activities are actively pursued and brought to DLESE in an organized manner. The particular services are to include 1. Ongoing support for an organization of the DAWG 2. Close interaction with the THREDDS and other like initiatives to ensure full access via DLESE to data discovery tools developed 3. Use of the DLESE Resource Cataloger to compile information on existing tools 4. Organization of workshops that bring together data providers, interface providers, and developers of educational resources.
We are interested in determining the interest of the members of the DAWG listserve in two of these areas: 1. support for DAWG (http://www.dlese.org/workgroups/dawg), and 4 Workshops to bring together data providers, interface providers (builders of tools for analysis and display of the datasets) and educational resource developers
The DAWG had one meeting in Feb 2001, during which various issues and goals around using Earth science data in education were discussed. Through this project we will facilitate an ongoing discussion of the DAWG and participate in additional meetings to develop an overview of what has been accomplished and to update what our goals should be and where our effort should go. Please let me know if you would be interested in participating in this kind of discussion and meeting.
We are also planning to have a large workshop once a year which will bring together dataset providers, data access and analysis tool developers and developers of educational resources. This could be an opportunity for you to bring the datasets and tools you have developed to an educational community to receive input on how to best develop them further to facilitate their use by that community. Educators will also learn about your tools and begin to develop ideas of how they would use them to teach specific Earth science concepts. If you would be interested in participating in such a workshop please let me know. In addition to your name and organization I would like the name of the tool or dataset that you would present at the workshop and a few sentences about it. We will describe these datasets and tools in the proposals to show the breath of what is available and how this project might help to enhance them and bring them to DLESE.
We would appreciate learning of your interest in participating in these different aspects of the DLESE Data Access Core services as soon as possible.
Thanks Tamara Shapiro Ledley address@hidden Ben Domenico address@hidden
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