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Thursday, September 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Synthesis through Harmonized Data Track-03: Identifying gaps in data harmonization and interoperability

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To answer today’s most pressing environmental questions, we need to leverage insights from data collected at LTER sites and beyond. This workshop will bring together researchers and data managers interested in synthesis of data across ecological observatory networks (e.g., NEON, LTER, CZO, etc.). In workshops 22B-01 - Advancing synthesis science through harmonized data products and 22B-02 - Overview of harmonized data resources and experiences/lessons learned by those who harmonized them, data harmonization efforts for NEON and LTER will be presented. This third workshop provides an opportunity to consider what other data streams from ecological observatory networks are difficult to synthesize and would benefit from harmonization. This is a product-oriented workshop. Through a discussion and working group format, the goal of this workshop will be to outline a paper on data harmonization needs or to generate a proposal to promote data harmonization efforts.

Thank you for your interest in this workshop! This workshop is meant to be a working session to synthesize some of the ideas from various synergistic workshops that precede it at the All Scientists Meeting. Our experience from past ASMs is that really great ideas are generated during all the workshops and many times you need just a bit more time to get those ideas to a place where they will still keep your interest and investment once you return home from the conference to a full inbox and your regular day-to-day obligations.

We want this workshop to be a time for you to work on some of the ideas generated from workshops at this meeting related to harmonizing and synthesizing data across ecological observatory networks (e.g., NEON, LTER, LTAR, CZO, etc.). Here is a suggested list of workshops that you might attend at this meeting that we could build off. Please note that we have coordinated with the leaders of these other workshops to make sure that they are okay with us using this as a space to further synergize and synthesize ideas.

-        Synthesis through Harmonized Data Track-01: Using harmonized LTER and NEON biodiversity data (ecocomDP)

-        Synthesis through Harmonized Data Track-02: Harmonized data resources and experiences/lessons learned

-        Biodiversity and ecosystem function across networks and scale

-        Harmonized microbial community data

As you are thinking about the idea of synthesizing harmonized data across networks at this meeting, feel free to jot down products that you would be interested in working on into this document. At the beginning of the workshop, we will visit these and determine what one(s) we want to pursue during our workshop time. Our goal will be for each sub-group to have a defined plan of action for how to move their product/project forward by the end of the session.

Things to do before the workshop:

1)     Check out at least one of the other suggested workshops listed above.

2)     Add to the Google doc of products/projects sub-groups could work on during this session.

3)     Contribute to our Community Guidelines document to create an inclusive environment where people feel safe sharing ideas and working together. We will go over these guidelines at the beginning of our workshop to make sure we are all on the same page.


Lead Organizer

Sydne Record

Associate Professor, University of Maine

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Corinna Gries

Scientist, Environmental Data Initiative
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Eric Sokol

Ecologist, NEON, Battelle

Thursday September 22, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
09. Evergreen Meeting Room