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Webinar Theme 3,

Review: frequency, criteria, process

Long-term observing

management and governance



This is the third webinar in a thematic series devoted to commonly held questions

related to long-term observing management and governance.

The eight themes of this series are:


Lifecycle and Horizons

Review: frequency, criteria, and process

Network relevance

Funding models

Award structure and management

Information sharing and communication

National and global connectivity

Past webinars have been recorded and archived on the ArcticHub.

Our next webinar on Network relevance will be held on January 21st at 1:30pm ET.

Future events are posted on the ArcticHub and the SAON webpage.

You may also click on the link “Subscribe to the calendar of webinars” on the

ArcticHub to download an ics file to your personal calendar.

Don’t forget that monies are available through ARCUS to host your own discussions

on these management and governance topics. Please visit for more information.

A fully networked design

Image: Wolfgang Baumeister, CIPSM


What should the review process for long-term observing look like?

Are there different review tools that are more appropriate to nascent, mid-life, or

mature networks?

Image: Nick Kim


Is there one model for evaluating all disciplines in observing networks?

Do intellectual merit and broader impacts cover what is needed to evaluate a network?

Are there other universal aspects of

observing networks that should be reviewed?

Are certain review criteria dependent

on the maturity of the network?

Should facility management,

environmental safety,

communication efficacy,

and community engagement

be reviewed separately from

scientific merit?

Would lower scores in any

of these areas be grounds for

a decline?

Image: Julie Smith


How should multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary or integrated

networks be evaluated?

Given a developing science or new interdisciplinary approach, what is the best method

for evaluating the science(s) within the network?

Do multi-disciplinary panels work?

How do panels fare with

complex proposals?

Image: Eli Stein


What are the key phrases that reviewers

expect in a long-term observing effort?

Image: George Huba


Should there be consideration in

the review process for:

• logistical costs

• overhead and maintenance

• communication

• safety

• workforce education

• training

• data products

• accessibility

• interoperability

• social capital

• community relevance

Should host facilities

be reviewed separately

from the integrated

projects they support?

Image: Michel Theriault


How can conflicts be dealt with in a truly networked design?

We currently screen for conflicts that are:

• institutional

• collaborative

• mentoring

• monetary

When all participants in a

particular observing field

are in conflict, who is appropriate

to review?

Images: PBS NewsHour; IOOC-US


What are the stages in the development of an observing design?

Where are the key points for review?

Image: CommDev/IFC/World Bank


What is the appropriate timeline for

reviewing a long-term observing network?

What are the criteria necessary

to move a nascent network to a

mid-term or multi-decadal network?

What are the requirements for turning

a network into a long-term facility?

Does the review timeline change

with maturity of the network?

Image: New Zealand Digital Library Project/Greenstone Digital Library Software


What is the ideal ratings system for observing and monitoring?

• What weaknesses are acceptable? • Do established observing efforts have

• What happens when weaknesses are an advantage over new projects?

found in an established priority observing • Should the two be reviewed

effort that is deemed critical? separately?

Image: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


What are the evaluation metrics

for a long-term network?

Are these different for an

integrated network?

Images: Zach Gemignani, Guy W. Wallace


What factor should

risk play in an

observing design?

What factor should

it play in

funding decisions?

Images: World Economic Forum


What role does innovation, improvisation, flexibility,

and adaptability play in long-term observing?

Should innovation be a key

component at critical review

stages or is quality maintenance

of the information stream and

observing structure


I.e., if it isn’t broken, should I fix it?

Are review processes and evaluation

metrics sensitive to the need for

stability in certain situations?

Or, is the requirement to innovate

a blessing in disguise even for long-term


Images: Emerald Insights; Owen and Dietz


What role should communities

play in the selection and maintenance

of long-term observing projects?

Should community engagement be a review

criteria for observing proposals?

Should community review be part of the

process and how should this be carried out?

Should community review apply to all

long-term observing proposals?

Should additional conditions be made of

long-term observing awards if the work

will take place near or in a community?

If so, what should those conditions be?

Should the community be part of the process

for determining renewal and continuance

of long-term observing efforts?

Image: Communication Initiative Network


How is participation in or leadership of observing and monitoring

perceived by hiring bodies?

Are graduate students and

postdocs who focus on

monitoring considered to

be competitive for academic


How is monitoring science

viewed by tenure or

advancement committees?

Does community or student

participation in observing

have merit beyond the activity,

such as school credit or

admission consideration?

What other benefits do

communities envision from

monitoring participation?

Image: The Scientist


Thank you for your participation in today’s webinar.

Image: Indigenous Community Volunteers Australia


Please join us again on January 21st at 1:30pm ET for the next webinar.

If you have any questions about these webinars, the funding opportunity, or the ArcticHub,

please direct them to .