Post by Becca Thomas-Kuzilik
Art and science. These two loves of mine have historically been neatly separated in my brain, seemingly distinct areas without much overlap or interaction. Each has its value, but years of training taught me there was one correct and extremely rigid way to conduct science.
Post by Anna Schwyter
It is of great importance to keep a notebook not only to record data and observations for ourselves, but to be able to share it with others. This could be applied immediately, as a member of a research team, or far in the future when notes are the legacy you’ve left. Organization, clarity and thoroughness are qualities to focus on for notetaking, since we may not be the only ones reading our notes! Each thing we record could be of unknown importance to someone else in the future.
Post by Ashleigh Rhea
At the beginning of this class, my main goals were 1) to learn how to organize my ideas and observations into a useful, science-based field notebook and 2) to learn how to augment my data with informative and accurate visualizations. I mainly wanted to keep a field notebook for the mental benefits and the possibility that I would jot down something that I, personally, would find meaningful in the future.
This class helped me better understand that good data management and the almost obsessive need to collect every piece of data possible, is how findings are lost and found and how the scientific community progresses.
Post by Lindsay Martinez
Notes from before and after the notebooks & metadata class; © Lindsay Martinez, 2019
Before this class I would only take random notes on a datasheet from a specific site I was surveying. It was very easy to lose track of any long term observations because I did not have a dedicated field or lab notebook.
Post by Ellen Keaveny
Prior to the start of this class, I considered only notebooks filled with text and data tables in the Grinnellian style as proper field notebooks. While those carry structure and data, the attractiveness of a more casual account of thoughts, illustrations, and helpful text is undeniable.
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