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.
Post by Emily Gelzer
Notes before (left) and after (right) taking the Art of Notebooks & Metadata class, © Emily Gelzer, 2019
If anyone peered into my notebook right this moment, I hope they would find it easy to read, the pictures explanatory of the written notes, and insightful into science that I experience. Clear and easy to understand notes might help someone learn more about a topic they previously did not understand. In my mind, drawings make things more reader friendly so there is not an intimidating block of dense scientific/math related notes. Through writing not only about the research I am conducting for my thesis, but other scientific papers, lectures, and conferences, I hope to keep big picture understanding of science as a connected process.
Below is one of my favorite quotes from Aldo Leopold’s, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, reminding us to keep our eyes wide open. From the chapter "Thinking Like a Mountain":
Post by Lindsey Boyle
I found the course I took this semester -- The Art of Notebooks & Metadata -- incredibly inspirational, and it has led me to make multiple changes in the way I do science and in my day to day life.
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