Fellows and Rapid Response

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Two EOL programs: the Rubenstein Fellows program, which supports outreach-minded researchers in content creation activity in their area of interest; and Rapid Response, which assembles content as needed for taxa expected to receive wide attention due to news events sor outreach efforts of our educational partners.

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  • Rapid Response produces targeted content for particular needs on short notice. Our purpose is to be able to flexibly produce specific needed high quality content on relatively short notice. Projects may range in scale from just finding and uploading a couple of images and writing a Brief Summary as support for a Learning and Education podcast to writing full pages with images for multiple species to support a BioBlitz or a special exhibit.  The vast majority of the content on EOL is automatically aggregated from a multitude of content partners. But if we need particular high quality  content, or a coherent overview, for particular taxa, a knowledgeable human needs to tackle this: hence RR.Content is often generated internally by RR, but when practical we may ask specialists (e.g., scientist from a podcast for which we are working on a page) provide images and text, or at least vet.One ongoing RR project we initiated is "Species of the Day", which aims to introduce people to the fabulous diversity of life, including both familar and unfamiliar taxa.
  • Fellows and Rapid Response

    1. 1. EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program Jen Hammock Species Pages Group Smithsonian Institution
    2. 2. Summary statistics• 57 Fellows• 17 Countries• >52,000 data objects• >11,000 taxa
    3. 3. Outreach activities•Peers Frey on outreach•Institutions Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh/
    4. 4. Potential of Fellows among Global Partners • Dedicated manpower for content development • Focused attention over an extended period • Building institutional knowledge • Kick-starting outreach to create a national network • Communicating with peers at other GP institutions to create an international network
    5. 5. Questions and Challenges• Sustainability- program and individual projects• Communication and community• Conflicting needs of various audiences
    6. 6. EOL Rapid Response Team Leo Shapiro Jen Hammock Species Pages Group Smithsonian Institution
    7. 7. In case we need...• Content for Smithsonian exhibits The Bright Beneath• Content for events Saguaro NP BioBlitz• Content for events in the media Yeti crab• Content for online exhibits NMNH Species of the Day• Content For EOL Learning & Education podcasts chinook salmon
    8. 8. Many Thanks!• David M. Rubenstein• John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation• Alfred P. Sloan Foundation• Cornerstone Institutions• Grants and Private Donors

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