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October 24, 2013

Symbols: A universal and effective technique for communication

The use of symbols in the various conceptual diagrams that the Integration and Application Network staff have been employing as part of science communication taps an ancient and effective communication technique. Symbols are universal, transcending cultural and language barriers, as demonstrated by the global adoption of the IAN symbol libraries. I recently experienced two examples […]

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April 3, 2013

Global use of IAN symbol libraries

The steady rise in the number of people who have registered and downloaded the IAN symbol and image libraries has continued since they were first posted online in 2003. The number of users is currently in excess of 75,000 people, from all 50 U.S. states and virtually every country in the world. Since we are […]

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March 22, 2013

Top ten conceptual diagrams: Seagrasses, streams, eco-rhythms

Conceptual diagrams are ‘thought drawings’ that use symbols to convey meaningful ecological information. The IAN symbol library was created in order that more people would be able to produce conceptual diagrams. Between the Marine Botany Group at the University of Queensland and the IAN team, the Science Communicators have produced over a thousand conceptual diagrams […]

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March 15, 2013

Top ten human symbols: People, buildings and boats

This is the sixth and final blog post in a series which celebrates the IAN symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. Previous blog posts have focused on marine flora and fauna, birds, trees and animals. This blog post focuses on human aspects, with human structures and people themselves. 1. The symbol […]

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March 8, 2013

Top ten animal symbols: Whales, bison, butterflies and frogs

This is the fifth blog post in a series of blog posts which celebrate the IAN symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. Previous blog posts have focused on marine flora and fauna, birds and trees. This blog post focuses on terrestrial animals, from small (e.g., butterflies) to large (e.g., whales). 1. […]

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February 27, 2013

Top ten tree and shrub symbols: Cypress, agave, weeping willows and gums

This is the fourth blog post in a series which celebrates the Integration and Application Network (IAN) symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. The previous blogs were on marine flora and fauna, and birds and this blog is focused on trees and shrubs in the IAN symbol library. 1) The Gum […]

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February 22, 2013

Top ten bird symbols: Kookaburras, flamingos, geese and tropicbirds

This is the third blog post in a series which celebrates the Integration and Application Network (IAN) symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. The first blogs were of marine flora and fauna and this blog depicts some of the beautiful birds in the IAN symbol library. 1) My favorite bird is […]

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February 11, 2013

Top ten fish and shellfish symbols: Sharks, rays, fish, crabs and lobster larvae

This is the second blog post in a series which celebrates the IAN symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. The first blog was top ten marine flora, since this was the focus of the Marine Botany group at the University of Queensland who began drawing vector symbols. The logical next group […]

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February 4, 2013

Top ten marine flora symbols: Phytoplankton, macroalgae, mangroves and seagrasses

This is the first blog post in a series which celebrates the IAN symbol library by highlighting some of the most interesting symbols. There are currently 2660 symbols in the Integration and Application Network symbol library. This library has grown organically, with new symbols created by talented Science Communicators as they are needed. We have rarely stepped back […]

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July 11, 2012

Non-attribution rights to IAN symbols and images now available

For nearly ten years the IAN symbol and image libraries have been provided completely free for any use, so long as the appropriate attribution was included. For many users this has not been a problem – all that was required was a short credit to IAN and a link to our website. But over the […]

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