There is considerable evidence of the shortage of skilled people worldwide who combine a well-developed understanding of environmental, social and health science with skills and knowledge in data science, data-handling and computational methods and technologies. Therefore, Action Theme 4 is researching ways that the Belmont Forum can:
1) support the development of a holistic training and education curriculum in data-intensive environmental science, for delivery to environmental, social and computer scientists; and
2) launch the curriculum through the creation of a number of international short courses and immersive winter and summer schools.
Human Dimensions Champion, Vicky Lucas, will liaise with the Coordination Officer (Coordination Action Theme) and will drive the activities within this Action Theme. Via a workshop, a curriculum of short courses will be identified as part of what should become a larger global “virtual university of e-infrastructure” which will deliver skills and knowledge in “Informatics for Human and Environmental Science.” Vicky will manage the funding calls to identify suitable course providers (face-to-face and online), and develop and maintain an accessible database of training initiatives.
Courses developed under this program and existing courses meeting the criteria could be “Belmont Certified,” raising awareness of the minimum standards adopted by the Belmont Forum.
Vicky and the AT4 team are surveying researchers, data managers, and others about existing training programmes and opportunities that are being used and are of value, as well as identifying essential skills needed for everyday scientific research in the 21st century. If you deal with megabytes of environmental sample data, gigabytes of sensor data, terabytes of model data, or petabytes of remote sensing data, please take the survey (ends 22 November 2016). Results will be shared upon request to the AT4 Team.