[ESIP-all] ESIP Federation opportunity to have your Earth science data used by the educational community

Tamara Ledley tamara_ledley at terc.edu
Thu Feb 12 13:51:56 EST 2004

Hi Everyone,
     I have been working on a proposal that would go out from the
Foundation that has an educational focus. The main activity of this project
would be the creation of Earth Exploration Toolbook
(EET,http://serc.carleton.edu/eet ) chapters incorporating the data and
tools that are available in the ESIP Federation.   The EET provides
step-by-step instructions for using Earth science datasets and software
tools in educational settings. Each chapter of the EET walks users through
an example--a case study in which the user accesses data and uses analysis
tools to explore issues or concepts in Earth system science. In each
chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data
products.  The EET went live last summer with 5 chapters and more are
underdevelopment.  It is a recognized collection within DLESE (Digital
Library for Earth System Education, http://www.dlese.org), and is
discoverable through both DLESE and NSDL (National Science Digital Library,
    The initial development of the EET has been funded by NSF through the
NSDL program.  However, this is an opportunity for those ESIP's with lots
of Earth science data and/or tools to access and analyze that data and not
much experience in creating effective educational products or the time to
do so, participate in a project that will facilitate the use of your data
in tools in an educational context.
    If you are at all interested, or are not sure, please let me know.  I
would like to include in this preliminary proposal examples of the
partnerships that we would create to facilitate the use of Earth science
data in education.  Basically, what I would need for now is the name of
your ESIP, the contact person and contact information and a brief paragraph
describing the kinds of data and tools you have, and if you can think of
any - how you would see this being used in an educational context.  The way
I see this working is that a member of your ESIP would partner with a
curriculum developer in the project.  That person would help the curriculum
developer develop a compelling case study and help them identify, access,
and analyze the data - helping them identify the steps that must be taken
to do this.  The member of your ESIP would also review the chapter for
scientific accuracy.
    Again, let me now if you are interested in participating at this early
stage.  You can contact me either by email or phone, 617-873-9658.
Tamara Ledley

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