April 20, 2011

TERN, TERN, TERN

Based on a passage from the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes, Bob Seeger combined words and music for the song “Turn, Turn, Turn”, which was popularized by the musical group the Byrds. This song was adapted for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), based on what we learned at the TERN Symposium 2011.

Turn Turn Turn album cover

Turn Turn Turn album cover

To everything (TERN, TERN, TERN)
There is a season (TERN, TERN, TERN)
And science for every purpose, under heaven

Data to be QA’d, data to be QC’d
Data on plants, data on animals
Data on water, data on soil
Data to collect, data to analyze

To everything (TERN, TERN, TERN)
There is a season (TERN, TERN, TERN)
And science for every purpose, under heaven

Data to build hypotheses, data to test hypotheses
Data to play with, data to study
Data to cast away ideas, data to gather new ideas together

To everything (TERN, TERN, TERN)
There is a season (TERN, TERN, TERN)
And science for every purpose, under heaven

Data that you love, data that you hate
Data for argument, data for peace
Data to embrace, data to refrain from embracing

To everything (TERN, TERN, TERN)
There is a season (TERN, TERN, TERN)
And science for every purpose, under heaven

Data to collaborate, data to share
Data for integration, data for application
Data that you can synthesize, data that you use
Data for outcomes, I swear it’s not too late


About the author
Dr Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network.
Website: http://ian.umces.edu/people/Bill_Dennison/
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