College and Beyond

The Big Data Driving Google Maps

For many, the term “Big Data” remains very much a black box. How it is collected, managed, and then analyzed for practical use is still largely an unknown. To help unpack the mysteries of this buzzword, big data, it is beneficial to explore the ways it impacts our day-to-day lives: whether it be the ways in which we engage with content online to how it impacts our daily commute.

AGU Poster on Developing an Occupational Skills Profile for the Emerging Profession of "Big-Data-Enabled Professional"

This poster was presented at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Fall meeting in 2014 to describe the DACUM process and present the finalized occupational profile.

Thoughts on Data Sharing in Geosciences

The Spatial Intelligence & Learning Center convened a small, focused workshop to contemplate the benefits and challenges of establishing a national data archive and data sharing infrastructure for spatial cognition data and associated education data.

The Relationship Between Direct and Data-Mediated Knowledge of the World

About 20 years ago, psychologist Lynn Liben presented an model of the relationships among a learner, an external (i.e. not mental) representation, and those aspects of the real world represented by the representation (the “referent”). Liben notes that the learner can learn either through direct interactions with the real world or through interactions with a representation.

What Do Geoscience Novices Look at and What Do They See When Viewing and Interpreting Data Visualizations?

This poster presented the first results from Principal Scientist Kim Kastens’ collaborative grant on “Making Meaning from Geoscience Data: A Challenge at the Intersection between Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences.” ...

Teaching and Learning with Data

This talk focused on helping students span the transition from working with small student -collected datasets to large professionally-collected datasets....

What Do Geoscience Novices and Experts Look at and What Do They See when Viewing Geoscience Data Visualizations

This poster was aimed at an interdisciplinary audience who work on all sorts of visualizations across all fields of science and science education. It reports the findings from a study in which we used eye-tracking and video-taped think aloud interviews to study how geoscience novices and experts interpret topographic and bathymetric data visualizations.

Is the Fourth Paradigm really new?

(October 2012)

The "Fourth Paradigm" of Science, which seeks insight by mining vast archives of existing data rather than by doing experiments to gather new data, is being touted as a new method of doing science.  But Walter Pitman mined data archives in 1966, as did Tanya Atwater in 1970, so is “The Fourth Paradigm” really new?...

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