2015 Retreat Ideas

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Ideas regarding the Retreat format

  • Breakout groups
  • One large discussion group
  • Presentations

Ideas for discussion topics at the Retreat

  • Share information from our meeting with NSF, including the new cooperative agreement and panel review summary
  • Everyone watch this video together (DP, KL, MC)
  • How to make our training sustainable
    • Converting our training materials for posterity/sustainability
      • Perhaps partner with Coursera (or a firm like them)
    • Funding for participant support will be declining after 2017
  • Tools Knowledge in the Community
    • Developing a strategy for sharing what tools are out there
  • Sharing information about skills researchers need to use particular tools
    • Could get lots of info from iPlant and Data Carpentry about the skills problems people run into when trying to use any of the community tools for research.
      • Use this to strategically point people to where they can transform their data, or learn a skill.
    • NOTE: skills needed are mostly the same across the data providers and researchers based on the experience of COLLAB-IT, Data and Software Carpentry.
  • Website update and sustainability
    • Increase role of community in maintaining content -> larger role for Wiki; lesser role for Drupal
    • Content organization/re-organization
    • Facelift?
  • Sustainability issues for iDigBio + TCNs
    • Historical Knowledge and Documents
      • Do TCNs have robust plans for sharing developed workflows / protocols / policies (on digitization, imaging, archiving, communication strategies,...)
      • Do they archive plans for these documents?
        • Can we provide this?
      • TCN Staff (at high, middle, and in-the-trenches) are amassing a wealth of knowledge about digitization. When their funding ends, a great deal of this may be lost.
        • How do we include these TCNs in future summits?
        • Is there a role for some Video Exit Interviews (oral interviews), to capture this knowledge? Perhaps Shari and Betty could set something up?
  • Topics that come up at the Summit
  • Automation
  • Mendeley vs. Biblio
    • Improve discoverability
    • Keep iDigBio content and published articles separate
  • Get a Library Science grad student to help us with our document repository concerns (I asked Greg R. to look for someone: JM)
  • "Common knowledge" about the project
    • Status of the portal and use
    • Scope of data storage (ACIS)
    • Role of postdocs and students in iDigBio — what are they supposed to be doing?
    • Citizen Science
    • K-12 initiatives
  • The value of blitzes and hackathons
  • Annotations workflows - Analyzing the needs, expectations and desires of submitters, curators, and observers around the collection and presentation of annotations.