Workshop: Using Knowledge Networks and Data Sharing To Advance Bird Conservation and Research Endeavors
Tuesday, August 13, 9am-12:30pm, at The Field Museum
In association with the One Hundred and Thirty-first Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union held in conjunction with the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Cooper Ornithological Society.
The model for how aggregations of data can be used in bird conservation has evolved over the last ten years from centralized data management to centralized data sharing. The main hub for data sharing in North America is the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN). The AKN provides data and science-based answers to conservation and management needs from our partners, including government, non-government, higher education and private institutions. The AKN is readily capable of incorporating any avian monitoring or demographic dataset, ensuring the data are safely kept, well described, and contributors' intellectual rights are upheld, while also enabling the community of partners to discover the data and to collaboratively develop new and improved means to analyze and visualize them to answer conservation and management needs. Workshop participants will receive hands-on training using the Avian Knowledge Network and several of its nodes (i.e., California Avian Data Center, Midwest Avian Data Center, and Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center). It is strongly preferred that participants bring their own laptops or tablets (configured to work from Wi-Fi networks). A limited number of laptops may be made available for use upon request. For questions and registration regarding this workshop, please contact Katie Koch.
For more information on the Avian Knowledge Network, check out their Fact Sheet and FAQs.