Rubicon is welcoming two new volunteers to the team. These two amazing volunteers are pursuing graduate degrees in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Information and Library Science. Having their expertise and eagerness to apply their knowledge into the real world application of our Rubicon Research Repository (RRR) Project is already providing to be a major asset to our team.
Tim D’Annecy has interest in academic publications and institutional resource acquisitions. Tim has previously completed a masters program in Women’s Studies at the University of Florida before arriving UNC and volunteering with Rubicon. His focus this semester has been in creating and formatting metadata for the XML files imported through the RRR embargo tool. The embargo tool allows items to be added to the RRR on a regular basis with enough time in between additions for a quality check. Tim comes to us with limited experience with XML and as quickly learned and integrated himself into our workflow. Tim has focused on document additions to the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine collections. In addition to the much needed assistance Tim is providing, the knowledge and experience Tim is gaining with our collection will benefit his future career goals.
Taylor Abernethy recieved her bachelor’s in Biology from East Carolina University before beginning graduate studies at UNC. Taylor is volunteering as part of an independent study course (INLS-696) mentored by Rubicon Founding Board Member and UNC School of Medicine Clinical Instructor faculty Gene Hobbs. Taylor is a newly certified scuba diver and has focused her work on the development of the soon to be released “Lambertsen Collection”.
This collection of environmental physiology and design works by the late Dr. Christian Lambertsen were donated to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine in December 2009. After many years of organizing and indexing the collection, the Duke Library and Archives also completed scanning of many documents that were identified by a team from Duke, Rubicon, UHMS, and the Lambertsen family last year. These documents will be released by the family through Creative Commons license to ensure their complete availability for generations to come.
For her independent study work, Taylor is applying her knowledge as a newly certified diver to create and format the metadata of these documents and images for addition through the RRR embargo tool. She is also formatting these additions to be added to the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) cognitive map that is a collaboration between IHMC and Rubicon. Taylor is gaining valuable experience in multiple areas while providing Rubicon with her much needed expertise and time. The unique addition of the cognitive map gives her a unique tool towards becoming a “Science Educator or Outreach Specialist in a museum, science library, or science and nature center”.
Thank you both for your amazing efforts this semester to lay new groundwork for future hyperbaric and environmental researchers around the globe.