[unav_all] Request for Community Input on Cyberinfrastructure Support for Geoscience Education

Lambert, David D. dlambert at nsf.gov
Mon Jan 16 13:54:32 MST 2006

NSF 06-007:  Request for Community Input on Cyberinfrastructure 
Support for Geoscience Education

Complete announcement:


On November 30, 2005, Dr. Margaret Leinen, Assistant Director of the 
NSF Directorate for Geosciences, issued a "Dear Colleague" letter 
soliciting input regarding the future characteristics of 
cyberinfrastructure in support of geoscience education. 
Cyberinfrastructure in support of geoscience education is currently 
provided by the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). 
In fiscal year 2006, the NSF Directorate for Geosciences intends to 
entertain new and/or renewal proposals to design, maintain and 
operate the next generation of geoscience education 

The Directorate for Geosciences would like to receive input from the 
community regarding design specifications for the future 
cyberinfrastructure component of the geoscience education portfolio. 
All community input will be carefully considered by the Directorate 
for Geosciences. Please submit no more than three (3) pages, 
single-spaced, of information in response to this Dear Colleague 
Letter. Input can be emailed to dlesecomments at nsf.gov by January 31, 

Topics you may wish to address include:

What basic services and architectures should be provided to enable 
inquiry-based learning for users of a geoscience-education website 
(e.g., the ability to search by topic or grade level, discovery and 
delivery of scientific information related to current events, and the 
ability to personalize web interfaces)? What cyber services should be 
provided to educators (e.g., relationship to National Science 
Education Standards, information about best-practices, teaching 
guides, educational assessment tools)? What services should be 
provided to educators and scientists who wish to submit educational 
materials for publication on a geoscience-education website (e.g., 
assistance with format, keywords, or metadata)? What are the 
advantages and disadvantages of maintaining a collection in addition 
to linking to external resources/collections and providing metadata 

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