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NEON non
-
specialist use case;

Science data reuse in a classroom

Peter Fox
1(
pfox@cs.rpi.edu
)
,
Brian Wee
2(
bwee@neoninc.orgu
)
, Patrick West
1 (
westp@rpi.edu
)
,


James Wilson
3(
wilsonjw@jmu.edu
)
, Stephan Zednik
1(
zednis@rpi.edu
)
, Han Wang
2(
wangh17@rpi.edu
)

(
1
Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute 110 8
th

St., Troy, NY, 12180 United States
)

(
2
NEON, 1685 38
th

Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301 United
States
)

(
2
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807 United
States)



Glossary
:

CMS



Content Management System

FOAF

-

Friend of a Friend

OWL



Web Ontology Language

RDFs



Resource Description Framework Schema

RDFa



Resource Description Framework Attributes

RPI/TWC


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Tetherless World Constellation

XSL



Extensible
Stylesheet

Language

VSTO



Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory

Acknowledgments
:

Abstract

Sponsors:


Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Content can be generated using queries from multiple
locations. For example, the VSTO 3.0 data portal,
currently being developed, is using query and XSLT files
from its own repository and the Tetherless World
Constellation repository of query files and
xslt

files.

We

present

our

experience

in

bringing

science

data

into

the

undergraduate

classroom
.

In

particular

we

have

worked

with

scientists

associated

with

the

NSF
-
funded

NEON

(
neoninc
.
org
)

project
.

We

have

developed

a

non
-
specialist

use

case

aimed

at

undergraduate

education
.

This

exercise

was

developed

to

give

the

teacher/professor/
facilitator

the

means

to

create

a

lesson

plan

that

will

allow

students

the

opportunity

to

work

with

large,

spatially

diverse

data

sets

on

water

quality

and

other

ecological

parameters

of

streams

in

the

United

States
.

The

stream

parameters

investigated

here

are

total

nitrogen,

total

phosphorus

and

a

macro

invertebrate

index

for

the

10

EPA

regions

in

the

contiguous

US
.

Instructors

would

use

this

lesson

as

an

opportunity

to

discuss

the

concept

of

“ecosystem

health,”

a

controversial

topic

in

science

but

with

intuitive

resonance

among

the

general

public
.


However,

current

research

data

is

highly

specialized,

lacking

understandable
,

or

all

together

lacking,

metadata
.

This

metadata

is

highly

specialized,

understandable

by

only

the

science

specialist,

or

domain

expert
.

Also,

the

data

and

metadata

is

difficult

to

locate

by

a

non
-
specialist
.

The

scientist

knows

where

to

find

the

data,

how

to

collect

the

data,

and

can

understand

the

structure

of

the

data

and

what

the

data

means
.

The

meaning,

the

knowledge,

the

understanding

is

in

the

minds

of

the

scientist
.

Thus,

specific

accommodation

of

the

semantics

for

non
-
specialists

is

required
.


We

include

a

current

description

of

the

activity

and

its

outcomes

and

discuss

the

effectiveness

of

our

semantic

web

development

methodology

in

developing

this

non
-
specialist

use

case
.