This week the International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems took place in Lucca, Italy. We had submitted a poster for the session ‘Services for Users and Education’.
To quote the conference organisers:
“The IMDIS series of Conferences promotes the meeting of different communities working in informatics, data management, research, environmental protection, etc. It is focused on online access to data, metadata and products, communication standards and adapted technology to ensure platforms interoperability. IMDIS 2013 aims at providing an overview of the existing information on marine environmental data, and showing the progresses on development of efficient infrastructures for managing large and diverse data sets.”
The poster discussed the production of Open Educational Resources (OERs) for historical sea level data from tide gauges and explained our motives for creating the resources.
“We wanted to raise awareness in the wider community of the existence of the new data and to help users understand the data, so we worked with three Ocean Sciences undergraduates to create OERs from the digitised and scanned resources. The students were able to incorporate their own learning styles and methods in the OERs, and use their experience to show us where observational data could be used in their courses. The OERs are documents which use the scanned and digitised data to explain and test understanding of an idea.”
“Any time you use real data, it just feels more applicable… its real data so you’re doing more real experiments.”
“It makes the theory more real.”