An evolving vision for the next generation of NCEAS [Wed. June 15]

As I am about to step into the role of Director at NCEAS, I wanted to share my ideas, plans, and vision for where I’d like to take NCEAS in the next few years as well as get your feedback and ideas. I’ll give a short, informal presentation and then open things up to discussion.

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Benjamin S. Halpern


Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Deputy Director, Nat’l. Center for Ecol. Anal. & Synth. (NCEAS)
735 State St., Suite 300, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Chair in Marine Conservation, Imperial College London

Director, Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP)

Senior Fellow, UN Envir. Prog.- World Conserv. Monitor. Cent. (UNEP-WCMC)

An Overview of DataONE: Services, resources and future activities [Wed. April 13]

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is an NSF-supported DataNet project which is developing a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure to meet the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. Now in its seventh year of funding, DataONE has released a number of tools, services and programs that support users in their data management, discovery, preservation and education needs. This overview will provide a brief history of DataONE, its guiding principles and showcase the tools and services available to the community. I will also summarize the education and outreach activities of the project and the opportunities for community participation.


Amber Budden
Director for Community Engagement and Outreach


A roundtable on roundtables

We have had a few informal discussions here at NCEAS on round-tables and the form/structure that they could take in order to be both engaging and useful. There is a dichotomy apparent, between ‘talks’ and ‘discussions.’

The more one-way, information providing ‘talks’ are a very useful way for researchers in different fields to explain and learn about on-going work, though time constraints generally mean that this leaves less room for questions and discussion.

On the other hand, more participative ‘discussions’ that address a broad topic, and have a loose structure to help keep them moving are a very good way for all of us to brainstorm about common ideas and concepts and hopefully leave us with more ideas (and questions!) than we started with!

The question then is – how do we strike a good balance? On Wednesday, February 18th, we will have a round-table session on…round-tables(!) to get ideas and brainstorm and discuss this.

As very good food for thought in preparation, here are some tips from Chris Lortie on how to provoke thought and and manage discussions:


Sharing Roundtable readings via NCEAS Virtual Lounge

We are now able to use the NCEAS Virtual Lounge to avoid copyright infringement when sharing readings related to Roundtable presentations and discussions.

To share readings:

  1. Navigate to the Roundtable folder within the NCEAS Lounge site.
  2. Use your NCEAS LDAP user/pass to log in.
  3. Create a new folder named with the date of your presentation/discussion (YYYYMMDD).
  4. Place documents you wish to share in your new folder.
  5. Link to the document location from a post on the Roundtable blog.

To access a reading someone has shared:

  1. Click on the link that has been provided via email or Roundtable blog.
  2. Use your NCEAS LDAP user/pass to log in.
  3. Download file.

How to sign up for a Roundtable presentation


image by rowie k via flickr CC-BY-NC-SA

NOTE: This post also appears in the ‘Host a Roundtable’ tab above ↑ to make it easier to find. 🙂

If you would like to lead a Roundtable presentation or discussion, please visit the relevant Google Doc.

First, navigate to

If #home has been automatically appended to the URL, erase it, and then append the following:


Edit the document to sign yourself (or a guest you’ve invited) up for a slot.

WordPress site to accompany NCEAS Roundtable!

image by tony newell via flickr CC-BY-NC

Hello NCEAS community,

In order to make it easier to share ideas and resources related to the NCEAS Roundtable presentations and discussions, we’ve set up a WordPress site! Please use this forum to share information with other members of the NCEAS community. When you give a Roundtable presentation or discussion and have links, figures, comments, etc. that you would like to share, please post them here (being careful not to violate copyright, of course)! Please be aware that anything you post here is accessible on the web, so do not post anything you do not want to be publicly available.

In an effort to reduce spam, this site is closed to comments from unregistered users. To register, click on the link in the lower right of the main Roundtable page. Once you register, I will also give you author permission so that you can create a post related to your own Roundtable presentation or discussion. You can also subscribe to updates via RSS to receive notification when new entries or comments are posted.

Do you have an image that would make a good header for this page? Please send it along!

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.