Building Community: The Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange Living the Future 7 May 2 nd , 2008 Kimberly Chapman, Jim Martin, Jeanne Pfander – UA Libraries Holly Hartmann – UA Office of Arid Lands Studies Today’s Objectives Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange Vision Partners and Participants
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Living the Future 7
May 2nd, 2008
Kimberly Chapman, Jim Martin, Jeanne Pfander – UA Libraries
Holly Hartmann – UA Office of Arid Lands Studies
Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange
Partners and Participants
Project Development and Content
What makes a collaborative project?
How do you build collaboration?
Challenges and rewards?
The Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange (SDKE) is a collaborative initiative led by the UA Libraries that seeks to bring together individuals and organizations who have information, services and other resources that can contribute to increased awareness, research and preservation of the Sonoran Desert.
Identifying information and providing access
distributed, dynamic, online portal
one-stop shopping access to digital content
serving diverse audiences including teachers and students of all grade levels, scientists, decision-makers, and amateur enthusiasts
Bringing together different organizations for collaboration
Organizations sharing information with each other
Calendar and publicity opportunities
Types of content
Externally hosted content
Content hosted on the SDKE site
Pima County Public Library
UA Office of Arid Lands Studies
Tree of Life Web Project
LSTA Grant Funding
Strategic Initiatives funding
How do we know that there is a community?
How do we know what information these organizations would like to make available?
Types of organizations:
University research units and collections
Non-profit conservation and education organizations
Types of content they have
Non-digitized reports, pamphlets
K-12 educational materials
Assess results from site interviews
Identify appropriate collections
Plan for future directions
Complete learning modules
Migrate site to Library servers
Assign metadata to an already digitized collection
Identify small non-digitized collections for digitization project
How do you define collaboration?
Design and implementation: a different sort of collaboration
- Technical team as a partner
- Evolving nature of software tools
- Evolving website requirements
Variety of skills required
Partner liaison: single pathway to technical team
Direct technical interaction: as needed, limited scope
Clarity of communication, choices, consequences
- Requirements: list of features, story boards and mockups, examples
- Maintenance: system transfer, upgrades
Consultancy: implementation of client requirements using unique skills and resources
Integration of new capabilities: community engagement and discussion, citizen science, place-based interface, community tagging
Partner goals and participant goals may differ
Community events and promotion
Commitment to the project varies
How do we keep a balance?
UA campus focus
Community outreach focus
K-12 education focus
Importance of consistent & frequent communication
Written documentation is key
Set clear timelines and milestones
Clearly articulate & document expectations with partners
Example of promotion
Plan for success
How are you going to implement the vision?
Identify and prevent potential problems before they happen
Are you building towards the long-term vision?
What areas of responsibility does the Library have?
What areas of responsibility belong to the participants?
Creating the environment for a self-sustaining community
Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange