Open data from ecology project

Ker Than, “Eco Hubble” to Bring Nature Data to the Public, National Geographic News, February 26, 2009.

A network of ecological “satellites” set to monitor environmental change could do for ecology what the Hubble Space Telescope has done for astronomy, researchers say.

Since 1991 raw data from Hubble have been made publicly available for use by professional researchers, educators, and citizen scientists via an online catalog.

“The public can access [the data] and do their own research,” said Hubble spokesperson Ray Villard. “They paid for it. They deserve it.”

A similar openaccess model is key to the National Ecological Network Observatory, or NEON, a new program set to be up and running by 2016.

NEON will link together already existing field stations across the U.S. that are using planes and orbiters, ground-level sensors, and human-run labs to monitor activity in the wild. …

With funding from the National Science Foundation, NEON program managers plan to collect and archive data online for at least 30 years. …

NEON will also create opportunities for the public to aid scientists in conducting field research, said senior team member Carol Brewer, a biologist at the University of Montana. …

Library of Congress (LOC) Joins Twitter

A number of librarians, library, archival and information organizations (see VPL) are taking notice of Twitter. Today, it’s the Library of Congress – Twitter. No word yet out of the Library and Archives Canada though here is the Nova Scotia Archives. Long seen as an innovator, here’s the twitter feed …

Possible Implications of Location-Sharing – Googleâ??s Latitude

Google has announced a new location-based tracking feature that will integrate with Google Maps called Google Latitude. It’s being launched as a maps application for mobile devices such as the Blackberry, Google Android and WinMo. Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch are said to be enroute and there’s an iGoogle widget. ****************************************** But …

Google Goes â??Peer reviewâ?? – announcing gpeerreview

Google is always pushing the proverbial envelope and facilitation of new tools. Recently, a peer review tool was created using Google Code called gpeerreview that reflects the rise of social media. From the point of view of academic libraries, web 2.0and open access, gpeerreview looks interesting and worthy of mention here. **************************First, what is gpeerreview? GPeerReview is a command-line tool that makes …

A New Social Blog by Google

Trying to keep up to Google scholar is hard enough. I began this blog with that lofty goal in mind but at some point started to comment on all things Google. Now, only into our sixth week of 2009, it seems obvious the search giant isn’t hibernating this winter (or during …

Twitter & the Pew Internet Project 2009

Mary-Doug and I finished writing our Twitter article about three weeks ago, but I am concerned that it is quickly going out of date. Yesterday, the Pew Internet group released a report entitled “Twitter and status updating” by Amanda Lenhart and Susannah Fox (the latter on my Twitter feed). In the …