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ELTOSA Conference and Informatics Workshop

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Fall 2002

- Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV)

The LTER Network Office sponsored several scientists to attend the Environmental Long-Term Observatories of Southern Africa (ELTOSA) meeting held July 21-24, 2002 on Inhaca Island, Mozambique. The conference was entitled "Long Term Ecological Research for Human Development and Conservation of Biodiversity." LTER scientists attending include:

  • Dan Childers (FCE)
  • Craig Harris (KBS)
  • Laura Huenneke (JRN)
  • Stephen Macko (VCR)
  • Ernesto Mancera (FCE)
  • Sonia Ortega (NET)
  • Deb Peters (JRN, SEV)
  • Bob Waide (NET)
  • Peter McCartney (CAP)
  • Bill Michener (NET)
  • John Porter (VCR)
  • Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV)
  • Amanda Knoff (VCR)

Following the ELTOSA conference, an Informatics Training Workshop was held July 25 and 26 in Maputo, Mozambique at Eduardo Mondlane University. Bill Michener received funding for this workshop, and invited John Porter, Peter McCartney, and Kristin Vanderbilt to co-teach it with him.

Topics covered included:

  • Metadata
  • Hardware and software considerations for information management systems
  • Data sharing policies
  • Web authoring
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • SQL
  • Design and implementation of databases

Eighteen individuals, ranging from graduate students to high level program directors from six countries--Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa-- attended the course. Each student had their own PC in a modern computer lab for the duration of the course. Students were interested and enthusiastic, and the workshop was rewarding for both students and instructors.