1. Project Name: "Advanced
Web Delivery of Rangelands and Natural Resources Information"
Web Site: http://rangelandswest.org/
Lead Institution: University of Arizona
Collaborating Institutions: Colorado State University; Kansas State
University; Montana State University; New Mexico State University; Oregon
State University; Texas A&M University; University of California,
Davis; University of Idaho; University of Nevada; University of Wyoming;
Utah State University; Washington State University
Project Director: Carla Long Casler
Co-PIs: Barbara Hutchinson, Marianne Stowell Bracke, Robert MacArthur,
Sheila Merrigan, Jeanne Pfander, George Ruyle
Abstract: Thirteen Western land-grant universities will develop
an advanced technical foundation for improved delivery of rangelands and
natural resources information and programming via the web. The program
targets small-scale landholders, agency and other private land managers,
researchers, and students. The University of Arizona will develop and
maintain a metadata database which accommodates data entry from western
partners and interfaces with the main AgNIC gateway database. Partner
institutions will identify and develop rangelands and natural resources
information and programming which will be made available through the regional
rangelands website and AgNIC database, and developed into established
extension programming. The final web product will be demonstrated at Cooperative
Extension and library meetings throughout the Western U.S.
2. Project Name: "Tri-State Aquaculture
Outreach Using Technology"
Web Site: http://www.fishschool.tv
Kentucky State University
West Virginia University; The Ohio
Kenneth Semmens, Laura Tiu, Tod Porter, Alan Escovitz,
Siddhartha Dasgupta, James Connors
The tri-state aquaculture outreach team will support
and train secondary teachers in remote locations. The project will develop
a semester-long aquaculture program using existing curriculum developed
by the National Council on Agriculture Education. Each month different
modules will be taught to participating teachers via video technology.
The project will also develop a website with resources for teachers and
students. Constant virtual contact with aquaculture specialists through
monthly videoconferencing and website access will give teachers support
needed to utilize the curriculum. Exposure to aquaculture in the classroom
will enhance students' knowledge of agriculture and the scientific method,
and help identify career opportunities in the food and agriculture sector.
3. Project Name: "Education Outreach Online"
Texas A&M University
USDA/ARS Southern Plains Area
Robert K. James
Charles Onstad, William Rubink, Herbert Wilson
The project will reach out to communities and schools
nationwide with hands-on, inquiry-based science activities for grades
5-9 and online science teaching resources informing students about career
opportunities in agri-science. Project staff include science educators
and a webmaster. Internet-based material will be disseminated through
the web site, presentations at national educational and scientific conferences,
USDA/ARS labs, and FIRST STEP teachers.
4. Project Name: "Southern Region Equine Knowledge Base"
University of Kentucky
Louisiana State University; University
of Georgia; University of Tennessee
Craig H. Wood
Ashley Griffin, Clint Depew
Southern Regional Equine Specialists from Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia will contribute to development
of an online Equine Knowledge Base to address areas of Animal Sciences,
Environmental and Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine. The knowledge
base will include live chat functions, fact sheets, frequently asked questions,
audio files, movie files, proceedings, presentations and other sources
of accurate and relevant information. It will have features allowing easy
access by knowledge base users including keyword, natural language, and
fuzzy search capabilities, and content ranking which places commonly sought
items first. The project will provide specialists with improved professional
time management by sharing effective and efficient answers over the internet,
and will empower extension professionals and others to find information
in a "just-in-time" manner. Target audience includes women,
the general public, county extension agents, young people, veterinarians,
professors, farm workers, horse owners and equine professionals.
5. Project Name: "Linking Growers
and Soil Health Researchers through Advanced Internet Technology"
The project will enhance the Worldwide Soil Health Information
portal's capacity to deliver relevant information by forging direct, field
level links to underserved organic growers in New York State and women's
horticultural cooperatives in Latin America. New institutional partnerships
will be created in the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, and
southern/eastern Africa. The portal will explore next-generation portal
technologies including allowing computers to "understand" user
needs, user customization "channels", and distributed database
deployment with access to partners' databases. It will also provide expanded
"online experts" service, monthly soil health current awareness
service for researchers, and off-line extension material for farmers.
6. Project Name: "Cooperative
Extension Curriculum Project"
Southern Regional Extension / Mississippi State
North Carolina State University; Virginia
Tech; University of Florida; University of Georgia; Texas A&M University;
South Carolina State University; Louisiana State University; University
of Arkansas; Clemson University; University of Kentucky; Oklahoma State
University; Florida A&M University
Ronald A. Brown
Mitchell Owen, Jerry Gibson, Joan Dusky, Robert Hamilton
This project will develop a comprehensive Extension Electronic
Curriculum Guide consisting of competency-based multimedia instructional
modules, learning objects, and a learning management system. It will provide
a way for 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions in the southern region
to cooperate in multimedia web-based curriculum development and increase
efficiency by avoiding duplicate materials.