Engage with IARPC at the AGU Fall Meeting
December 3, 2015
By Jessica Rohde
We hope you will join the secretariat and team leaders this year at ! We will host a town hall (TH25G) to exchange information on with the research, education and policy communities as well as two posters: one highlighting the progress of our website as a tool for hosting multi-institutional dialogue (GC11G-1104), the other on 's structure for expanding collaboration circles to include the research talent outside of the federal government (PA23A-2182).
TH25G: Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (): Accelerating the Pace of Arctic Research
- Simon Stephenson - Senior Advisor, Geosciences
- Martin Jeffries - Program Officer and Arctic Science Advisor,
- Tammy Dickinson - Principal Assistant Director for Environment & Energy, ,
- Sandy Starkweather - Implementation Scientist,
- Jessica Rohde - Web Manager and Project Coordinator,
Monday, 14 December 2015, 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Moscone West - 2006
This town hall provides a forum for exchange of information on , a working group of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (), National Science and Technology Council (), and will include a discussion of collaborations with the research community. Specifically it will discuss how:
- is accelerating the pace of Arctic research.
- The Arctic research community can engage in Collaborations, an innovative partnership between the Federal and non-Federal research communities.
- The Arctic research community can inform the future of planning.
Members of the Arctic research, education, and policy communities are invited to attend.
Refreshments will be provided!
PA23A-2182: Networking 2.0: Expanding your collaboration circles through the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee ()
Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 13:40 - 18:00
Location: Moscone South - Poster Hall
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee () envisions a prosperous, sustainable, and healthy Arctic understood through innovative and collaborative research coordinated among Federal agencies and domestic and international partners. ’s approach is to harnesses the talent of the scientific and stakeholder community through Federally-run but broadly open collaboration teams, and an innovative website that expands the frontiers of collaborative research.
The Obama Administration released the five-year Arctic Research Plan: FY2013-2017 in February 2013. The Plan focuses on advancing knowledge and sustainability of the Arctic by improving collaboration in seven priority research areas: sea ice and marine ecosystems, terrestrial ice and ecosystems, atmospheric studies, observing systems, regional climate models, human health studies, and adaptation tools for communities. From these seven research areas, 12 collaboration teams were formed to respond to the 145 milestones laid out in the Plan. The collaboration teams are charged with enhancing inter-institutional and interdisciplinary implementation of scientific research on local, regional, and circumpolar environmental and societal issues in the Arctic.
The collaboration teams are co-chaired by Federal program managers, and, in some cases, external partners and are open to research and stakeholder communities. They meet on a regular basis by web- or teleconference to inform one another about ongoing and planned programs and new research results, as well as to inventory existing programs, identify gaps in knowledge and research, and address and implement the Plan’s milestones. In-between meetings, team members communicate via our innovative, user-driven, collaboration website. Members share information about their research activities by posting updates, uploading documents, and including events on our calendar, and entering into dialogue about their research activities. Conversations taking place on the website are open to any other member, enabling new talent to enter into conversations and collaborations to form.
GC11G-1104: Look Who’s Talking – The Role of the Collaborations Website in Supporting Multi-Institution Dialog on Arctic Research Imperatives
Monday, 14 December 2015, 08:00 - 12:20
Location: Moscone South - Poster Hall
The Collaborations website (www.iarpccollaborations.org) was developed to support collaborative implementation of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee’s () 5-Year Plan for Arctic Research. The Plan describes an ambitious agenda for advancing understanding of the changing Arctic, a challenge that requires innovative approaches to integrate disparate research activities. was created by Congress to address this integration with a mandate that includes developing interagency collaboration and outside partnerships, specifically those with the State of Alaska, indigenous communities, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations. The Collaborations website was introduced in October of 2014 as an innovative means to address ’s mandate. It is an open, social networking platform with member-driven content and features to support dialog and milestone tracking. In its first year, Collaborations has attracted more than 600 members. Member-supplied content added to the site includes more than 575 research planning documents and scientific presentations and 300 updates on research plans and resources; all content is tagged with descriptive keywords to expedite discovery and elucidate connectivity across members and topics. Applying a social network analysis to metadata from the site reveals the strength and nature of this connectivity. This analysis demonstrates that Collaboration Team phone meetings remain the dominant form of communication. Dialog on the site through comment forums has been slow to emerge despite its merits of persistence and transparency. While more than 80 members have used the comment features at least once, the strong centrality of the Secretariat to website dialog is apparent. An analysis of content keywords demonstrates the potential for improved dialog based on overlapping interests as revealed by trending topics like “sea ice prediction”, “traditional knowledge” and “permafrost carbon”. Less than one year into launch, this analysis of ’s experiment in collaborative integration reveals the enduring strengths of traditional collaboration tools like secretariat support and phone meetings; the full potential of ’s social networking tools remains to be seen.