M F 8 Reading Presentations III + Project Proposals

Annabelle in a box

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Today: Monday February 8: Blank Dominoes: Mitchell ch. 2, 3, and 4

Wednesday February 10: Wooden Legos: Mitchell ch. 5, 6, and 7

Monday February 15: Percolator Tops: Apply all of readings to Green Map project

Wednesday February 17: Project Proposals Due!

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Project Proposals: Detailed Plan of Action (Based on Mitchell Chapter 1)

1. Frame the Question

  • pose your question: what exactly is your project aiming to do?
  • where are endangered ecosystems in Delaware County?
  • where are potential recreational trail corridors in Delaware County?
  • how can viable OWU food waste be efficiently distributed to area food banks?
  • where does the food sold on campus come from, and what are the consequences of our consumption of these foods?
  • who is your audience?  what is your ultimate goal?

2. Understand your Data Needs

  • what is the context of your question?  who are the experts?  literature, people
  • what do you have to know about the context of the question to answer it?
  • what is an endangered ecosystem?  what are specific examples?
  • what are the goals of recreational trails?  what do they connect?
  • how is food waste reuse assessed and how is it collected?

3. Find or Create your Data

  • what data is available to help answer your question?  cost? compatibility?
  • what data do you have to generate yourself? easy vs. difficult vs impossible
  • necessary to have the data or a plan to create it (with necessary technology)

4. Process the Data: specific analysis

  • apply ideas from readings & software tutorial to your project
  • ex) generate endangered areas by comparing areas defined as important ecosystems to their closeness to recent development
  • ex) generate potential trails by generating important points and areas to connect; and determining feasible paths between those points; relate potential trails to property ownership and other factors
  • ex) generate a plan for distributing food waste from campus to area food banks
  • ex) analyze the global impact of specific food consumption on campus

5. The Results

  • vital part of the process: communication and advocacy
  • generate a map (with a database) and use it to present results
  • ex) map of endangered ecosystems in Delaware Co: distribute to ??
  • ex) map of potential trails in Delaware Co.: planners, bike clubs, etc.
  • ex) a map that guides distribution of OWU food waste
  • ex) map of the global impact of what we eat

Example of proposal: Clara Englert: Project Proposal: Delware State park Wetlands Mapping and Assessment Project (April 2004)

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Project Progress

Bibhas A.: two data sets
1. List of all courses with enrollment data + other course meta data for Spring 2010
2. Enrollment data by building for Spring 2010

Jack S.

  • Energy use by campus building (Excel file)
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