Sunday 29 January 2012

Social Networking websites: Earth Science

A vast number of scientific websites are full of far too much information that you can't take it all in.

Or they are poorly made:

A good example of a Network website for earth sciences is The Globe Program:

The GLOBE (Global learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program is a world-wide network of students, teachers and scienctists engaged in a tele-collaboration project to do meaningful real-life science. In the GLOBE Program,students make environmental observations and report their data findings on the internet. Scientists use the students' data to formulate amospheric models, then provide feedback to the students. The measurements conducted by the students include air temperature, cloud observations, precipitation, surface water temperature and pH, soil moisture, biometrics, land cover assessment and species identification. Students also share findings and communicate with other students using e-mail from the web site. GLOBE includes excellent descriptions of equipment and procedures for data acquisition and a user-friendly searchable data archive. The unique aspect of the GLOBE Program is that students are interactive partners with scientists.

Globe also provides a globe kit for $49 to schools:

Another way in which young scientist can share their results are through science fairs:

If you have a great question and decide to investigate further, how can you share your results? Sharing results is an essential part of the scientific method. If scientists didn’t share their work, how would we know what has already been done? Or what is already known?

A recent GLOBE Star, Justas Sidiskis of Lithuania, won second prize in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists. He studied clouds, precipitation, and temperature using GLOBE data for his area and the GLOBE Atmosphere protocols. There are many other GLOBE protocols, which might also give you some ideas!

also a science blog is a great way to share results:

Students could take a photo of their biospheres then blog comments under it about why they think a change is happening:

Exploratorium, the museum of science, art and human perception is also a good website:

Another good website:

Biosphere 2:

science experiments for kids website:

science website simple style:

Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD), an online magazine in which planetary scientists are sharing their ideas and discoveries with a wide audience. But people will only get excited about these things if they know about them.

although too much text and complex:

On an experimental blog, a far-flung group of scientists can solve tough problems in weeks.
In the years ahead, we have an astonishing opportunity to reinvent discovery itself. But to do so, we must first choose to create a scientific culture that embraces the open sharing of knowledge.

online lab:
choose or make own hypothesis:
think/warm up questions then predict then test then discuss results.

Infographics: Tell stories with data on web:

Being able to communicate effectively is fundamental to successful collaboration in scientific research. The same is true of application or website design.communication and finding common ground
If we learn more about how scientists share concepts, and particularly the stories and vocabulary they use to do it, we can design more useful, usable applications to aid that research.

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