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WP3 Overview (Training and Sociology)
 

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    WP3 Overview (Training and Sociology) WP3 Overview (Training and Sociology) Presentation Transcript

    • ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity Training and SociologyWorkpackage 3 Thierry BackeljauTraining, outreach and community support Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels Thierry.Backeljau@naturalsciences.be
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityWho we are & what we do RBINS One of the largest European NHM In world top-10 collections: > 37,000,000 items; Thousands of primary types Scientific library is the largest documentary resource of NH in Belgium => ± 700,000 volumes/7000 periodicals Belgium’s National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative Involved in several EU-Projects (SYNTHESYS, BHL-E, EDIT, etc.) Thierry Backeljau Research expertise: taxonomy, population genetics and molecular systematics of diverse animal groups Acting head of the Department of Invertebrates at RBINS; Teaching Genetics at the University of Antwerp; Leader of JEMU WP8 leader ‘Training and Public Awareness‘ – EDIT project 2 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityWhat we will do in ViBRANT Objectives WP3 • Empower and enable biodiversity scientists to use ViBRANT tools to strengthen and to raise the level of community cooperation Specific activities include 1. Organise and deliver training resources Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) Natural History Museum, London (NHM) 2. Implement networking activities Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) University of Trieste (UNITS) 3. Undertake sociological studies of ViBRANT’s user-base Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) 4. Provide community support for the use of ViBRANT services Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) Natural History Museum, London (NHM) 3 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityHow we are doing it 1. Organise and deliver training resources provide community training in scratchpads offer custom-made modules for taxonomic research communities addressing their specific needs apply online learning and on-site training provide feedback for training content development and planning support and extend the user communities working with scratchpads 4 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityHow we are doing it 2. Implement networking activities create a network of associated member institutions to support training and to disseminate information on ViBRANT services make use of conferences, meetings workshops to promote the use of ViBRANT tools and services encourage nascent communities to cooperate undertake outreach and advocacy work to stimulate and improve networking, to get involvement and commitment of organisations across Europe and beyond extend the ViBRANT community (developers and user community) and foster its long-term sustainability 5 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityHow we are doing it 3. Undertake sociological studies of ViBRANT’s user-base analyse use of ViBRANT tools with regard to needs, barriers and practices of current and potential users analyse the user communities’ composition, motivation, social structure identify trends, levels and gaps in practices of collaboration and networking assess effects of ViBRANT tools on science progress underpin service and development priorities of ViBRANT tools maximise engagement of biodiversity researchers in the ViBRANT community 6 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityHow we are doing it 4. Provide community support for the use of ViBRANT services assist communities with site development and content migration to the Scratchpad framework manage and update the Scratchpad self-help-screen-cast and tutorials prioritise requests for short-term developer assistance (WP2) manage and respond to comments on the issue tracker: single click feedback on feature requests, queries and bug reports WP3 will act as liaison between the user community and the WP2 developers 7 of 8
    • ViBRANT Virtual BiodiversityLong-term sustainability WP3 will be the central contact point for ViBRANT’s user-base sociological studies outreach activities (analysing the current and (training, community service, nascent users) promotion, etc.) are important to understand needs, to engage people into preferences, barriers of user ViBRANT community and community to develop network that will foster long-term sustainability 8 of 8