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CIESIN Author Wins Population Association of America Poster Award

April 25, 2024

Photo of CIESIN's Susana Adamo, co-author Sara Curran and lead author Courtney Allen next to their Population Association of America poster

Susana Adamo (left) is co-author of an award winning poster on "Aging Populations and Subsequent Tree Cover Expansion, an Investigation in 139 Low- and Middle-Income Countries", presented by Courtney Allen (right) (University of Washington) at the 2024 Meeting of the Population Association of America, held 17-20 April in Columbus, Ohio. The poster was one of five PAA Poster Winners of the session on Neighborhoods, Environment, Spatial Demography, and Data and Methods, which included 98 posters. Co-author Sara Curran (center) (University of Washington) is a former member of SEDAC's User Working Group. Other co-authors of the poster include: Jeff Vincent (Duke University), Kaichao Chang (Duke University, and University of Maryland), and Yi Wang (Duke University and ETH Zurich).

CIESIN Associate Director Wins Innovator Award for Population Survey Manual

April 17, 2024

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CIESIN Associate Director for Science Applications Dana Thomson has been awarded the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for her manual "Designing and Implementing Gridded Population Surveys”.  The award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research.  Thomson’s manual provides a detailed overview and step-by-step tutorials to conduct gridded population household surveys.  The 139 page manual is available free from the first link below.

See: Designing and Implementing Gridded Population Surveys: A manual and step-by-step tutorials
       AAPOR Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award Winners

Open Science Workshop Explores Human-Environment Interactions

March 27, 2024

Photo of attendees at the January 2024 Open Science workshop hosted by SEDAC

NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), in collaboration with NASA's Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative, hosted an open science workshop for the community researching human-environment interactions. Held at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University on January 9, 2024, the workshop brought together 65 scientists from many disciplines with an interest in how to apply open science approaches to the highly interdisciplinary study of the human aspects of global environmental change. Open science is a movement that includes producing open data, using open-source software tools, publishing computer code openly, and publishing research in open access journals.

Presenters showcased work on topics ranging from climate impacts on demographic processes, the integration of field data with remote sensing data, and the collaborative development of a fully open administrative boundaries dataset (which is a prerequisite to data integration across the Earth and social sciences).   

Key challenges identified in the workshop were limitations in financial and human resources, data accessibility and interoperability, the appetite for learning new practices, the willingness to share imperfect or poorly documented code and datasets, and concerns over sensitive information. Open science is not always the least expensive path to generating new knowledge, so it could reinforce existing inequalities in lower-resource settings. 

Important workshop takeaways include the need for sustaining open science funding and democratizing its initiatives, establishing initiative governance, reducing barriers to adoption, ensuring inclusivity, and addressing ethical considerations. 

Participants suggested that the next iteration of the SEDAC Open Science workshop should focus on putting open science data to work by involving more front-line stakeholders and decision-makers, possibly with a focus on low-income countries. There may also be potential for a workshop collaborating with U.S.-based end users of data, including public and private sector decision-makers, to better document and understand how open science principles and approaches can improve decision-making. 

The workshop was organized by SEDAC Assistant Systems Engineer Kytt MacManus, SEDAC Manager Dr. Alex de Sherbinin, and SEDAC Senior Staff Associate Antoinette Wannebo. 

See: The workshop report, a video of the workshop, and all presentations are openly available on Zenodo
       Earthdata: Open Science Workshop Explores Human-Environment Interactions