Informing natural resource issues with the Oregon Explorer


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Come learn about a few of Oregon’s natural resources issues using Oregon State University’s evolving natural resources digital library—the Oregon Explorer ( The Oregon University System Institute for Natural Resources and Oregon State University Libraries have collaborated since 2001 to create a useful statewide natural resource digital library. A presentation made to the Natural Resource Information Council (2008).

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Informing natural resource issues with the Oregon Explorer

  1. 1. Natural Resources Information Council Annual Conference Sunday, August 10, 2008 Janine Salwasser Oregon State University Libraries Informing Natural Resource Issues with the Oregon Explorer
  2. 2. What is the Oregon Explorer? <ul><li>Natural Resources Digital Library </li></ul><ul><li>Place-based resource </li></ul><ul><li>Supports informed natural resource decision-making </li></ul>
  3. 3. Oregon Explorer Users <ul><li>Natural resource decision-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed council members </li></ul><ul><li>Soil and water conservation district staff </li></ul><ul><li>Local planners </li></ul><ul><li>Extension agents </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Agency staff </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Media staff </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Landowners </li></ul><ul><li>Interested public </li></ul>
  4. 4. Oregon Explorer Basin and Topic Portals
  5. 5. Natural Resource Issues addressed by Explorer sites: <ul><li>Land Use </li></ul><ul><li>Salmon Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Wildfire Risk </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed Restoration </li></ul>
  6. 6. Different issues addressed at various scales
  7. 7. 1. Learn about Land Use Issues Through Videos Through Stories
  8. 8. Through landscape visualizations
  9. 9. Through maps and reports for places of interest
  10. 13. 2. Learn about Salmon Recovery Issues 1992 2002
  11. 14. Through decision-support tools
  12. 15. Higher priority locations to restore habitat
  13. 16. 3. Learn about Wildfire Risk Issues
  14. 17. Through easy and advanced mapping tools
  15. 18. Through archived documents
  16. 20. Through chart and table creation tools
  17. 21. Step 1 : Pick a Statistic
  18. 22. Step 2: Pick where to report
  19. 23. Step 3: View statistics
  20. 24. 4. Learn about Wildlife Issues: T&E spp
  21. 27. Current Distributions: Marbled Murrelet
  22. 28. Historic Distributions: Marbled Murrelet
  23. 30. 5. Learn about Watershed Restoration Issues
  24. 31. Through personal stories, tools, and data
  25. 33. <ul><li>Learn about critical natural resource issues </li></ul><ul><li>Browse multi-media stories </li></ul><ul><li>View data and make custom maps and reports </li></ul><ul><li>Access archived digital information </li></ul><ul><li>View photos, and videos </li></ul><ul><li>Search datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Download (and soon upload) GIS data </li></ul><ul><li>Access photos, videos, audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the experts </li></ul><ul><li>Submit your resources to the Explorer digital library </li></ul><ul><li>Give feedback </li></ul>Review of Digital Library Services in the Explorer Series Available for anyone who has high speed Internet access…from work, home, library, etc.
  26. 34. Oregon Explorer Creators <ul><li>Core Partnership between and </li></ul><ul><li>Team members with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Basin and topic portal partners </li></ul>
  27. 35. New & Potential Natural Resource Issues to be addressed by Oregon Explorer <ul><li>initiated: </li></ul><ul><li>Wetlands Conservation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wetlands Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Vitality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Communities Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hazard Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial Data Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Agriculture Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>proposed: </li></ul><ul><li>Water quality & quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Invasive Species </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Benchmarks and Key Performance Measures </li></ul>
  28. 36. Questions? <ul><li>For more information, please feel free to contact either of the Oregon Explorer co-managers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Janine Salwasser, OSU Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jimmy Kagan, Institute for Natural Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>