Colleagues and Friends of the Encyclopedia of Earth,
It has been an outstanding year for the EoE, due in large part to the work of many of you. Our achievements include new content partners, more articles, a student writing project, impressive new collections, and multiple new outreach efforts. Traffic continues to grow, and we won an impressive award from the Geoscience Information Society. Below are the highlights from 2008.
With best regards,
Cutler J. Cleveland
Professor of Geography and Environment, Boston University
Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Earth
Best Website of the Year, Geoscience Information Society for “outstanding standards of content, design, organization, and overall site effectiveness.”
Student Science Communications Project
Developed and led by Dr. Emily Monosson, Mount Holyoke College, this project provides an opportunity for students, supervised by a faculty member, to submit articles to be considered for publication in the Encyclopedia. It is intended to help students learn how to conduct a literature review , write about a topic using scientific references and submit an article for outside review. By the end of 2008, students and faculty from Mount Holyoke College, Texas Tech, Boston University and Gonzaga University had participated. In 2009, a special effort will be made to publicize this program and expand the number of universities, faculty members and students who participate.
New Collections Published
• Africa – A work-in-progress collection on the environmental, economic, and social issues facing individual countries and the continent as a whole
• Climate change -- featuring articles, timelines, biographies, and frequently asked questions
• Aldo Leopold -- developed in collaboration with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, a collection looking at the life and work of one of the best known writers and thinkers in the field of conservation in 20th century America. This collection features biographical information as well as excerpts of his writing.
New Content Highlights
• Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Reports – EoE staff worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Island Press to post the synthesis reports and books generated by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in the Encyclopedia. As part of this effort, both WRI and Island Press became Content Partners.
• Ecological Society of America Fact Sheets – EoE staff initiated a partnership with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) that allows for EoE to post a number of “fact sheets” on various ecology topics developed by the ESA to be posted in the EoE.
New Content Partners
Aldo Leopold Foundation
American Meteorological Society
Climate Literacy Network
Ecological Society of America
Environmental Health Perspectives
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry
The Resilience Alliance
Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
University of Wisconsin Press
The Wilderness Society
The Wildlife Society
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
World Nuclear Association
World Resources Institute
Environmental Information Coalition members and EoE staff participated in a number of professional society meetings to recruit authors, topic editors and new users for the Encyclopedia. In some cases, workshops on the EoE were held as part of the regular meeting agenda.
• Ecological Society of America annual meeting (workshop, jointly with the Encyclopedia of Life)
• North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference (workshop)
• The Massachusetts Science Teachers Association annual conference (workshop)
• The New Hampshire Science Teachers Association annual conference (workshop, jointly with the Encyclopedia of Life)
• American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting (attended)
• National Science Teachers Association annual conference (attended)
Participation in the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)
EoE and Earth Portal staff became active members in the Boston and D.C. “regional hubs” for the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a collaborative effort among science-based organizations to promote 2009 as the “Year of Science.” In the Boston area, staff attended a number of gatherings designed to provide informal networking opportunities with other science-based organizations and a number of valuable connections and contacts were made (the Boston Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, WGBH’s Nova program, among others). As a participant in COPUS, the EoE and Earth Portal agreed to develop a monthly feature in the Encyclopedia with links to articles related to each “Year of Science” monthly theme throughout 2009.