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The IAN Symbol Libraries has reached a major milestone with 2500 vector symbols. The site now includes a custom download builder for the SVG, AI, and PNG formats. Users can search or browse through 55 albums of symbols, create a custom lightbox, download only new symbols since their last download, or choose from the most popular symbols. Don't have vector software? Try out our online diagram creator and create conceptual diagrams directly in your web browser, choosing from the entire IAN symbol collection. As always, the libraries are cost and royalty free. For more details, see the release announcement blog post.
Conceptual diagrams are science communication tools that aim to communicate complex ideas about systems and processes in a simple, visual way. This education resource prepared by the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, through their "Water: Learn it for Life" program, provides teachers with detailed lesson plans to take their students through the story of a river to identify the positive and negative features that most influence the health of the waterway. The lesson culminates in the students producing a conceptual diagram using the IAN Online Diagram Creator.
IAN staff attended the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in Fiji in early December, setting up our first IAN conference booth. Our booth proved extremely popular, with almost all of our materials ravaged by the end of the first day! The conference itself was a fantastic opportunity to meet Pacific-based colleagues that we've worked with virtually, and to catch up with others. IAN diagrams and reports were featured in several keynote presentations and workshops throughout the conference, and we've started lining up potential new collaborations for the next few years. The word is getting out!
In late June, the IAN symbol libraries reached a milestone of 10,000 downloads, from people in 177 countries and 50 states in the USA. The IAN symbol libraries contain over 1,500 custom made symbols (in 32 categories) designed specifically for enhancing science communication skills through the development of conceptual diagrams. The aim of the libraries is to make them a standard resource for scientists, resource managers, community groups, and environmentalists worldwide. The IAN symbol libraries are available for download completely cost and royalty free.
On October 15, the UMCES Horn Point Lab (HPL) Open House was held, with over 700 adults and children exploring the eight science display areas in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab building. A touch tank, oyster and fish hatchery tours, field work films, project posters, and sampling equipment provided interesting and interactive opportunities for the public to learn from faculty and students about the activities going on at the laboratory. At the IAN table, conceptual diagram posters were displayed and computers were available for anyone to try their hand at creating a Chesapeake Bay scene using the IAN Symbol Libraries. Young children loved playing with the symbols, while teenagers were excited to see how effective and useful this technique of science communication could be for school projects and reports, and adults considered the potential of conceptual diagrams for business or personal use.
A recent article in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science (64: 191-199) by Tim Carruthers, Brigit van Tussenbroek, and Bill Dennison uses conceptual diagrams to synthesize the results of a project carried out in the eastern Yucatan peninsula. The study assessed the tissue nutrients and δ15N of Thalassia testudinum growing in the Nichupte Lagoon adjacent to Cancun, and then adjacent to and distant from submarine vent sites within the Puerto Morelos Lagoon. Greater seagrass tissue nitrogen and a high δ15N ratio indicated that sewage nitrogen was high close to Cancun, whereas seagrass near to submarine vents in the Puerto Morelos Reef Lagoon indicated a greater availability of phosphorus to the seagrass. This paper is an example of how conceptual diagrams created with the IAN symbol libraries can be used to provide graphical representations of system processes in the published literature.
The Integration and Application Network team recently received Packard Foundation funding for a two-year project to develop science communication tools for three sites within the Packard Foundation's Regional Initiative: Morro Bay (California), the Gulf of California (Mexico), and Palau. These workshops will be used as case studies to develop a handbook for integrated assessment and the project will further expand the conceptual diagram symbol libraries and produce web-based tutorials on using science communication tools. Ultimately, this project aims to use these three geographically and ecologically distinct Packard Foundations Regional Initiative sites to demonstrate the process of integrated assessment as well as develop a library of tools and resources for other locations to perform their own integrated assessments.
Southwest Australian seagrass meadows are unique and are both regionally and globally significant. This series of four posters (General, Estuaries, South Coast, West Coast) describe the unique coastal systems of southwest Australia through the use of conceptual diagrams from the IAN Symbol Libraries. This project was funded by CoastWest in Australia and the poster series is specifically targeted at the general public to communicate key issues and management priorities of these seagrass habitats. Tracey Saxby, Tim Carruthers, and Bill Dennison from IAN worked with Marion Cambridge (University of Western Australia) and members of the Water and Rivers Commission in Western Australia to put the posters together. The posters will be displayed at boat ramps, local stores, and information centers. They are available (in PDF format) from IAN press.
The IAN Image & Video Library now contains over 1000 high resolution images (photos, satellite images, diagrams) and videos for use in science communication. The library is browsable by category and searchable via keywords. Our aim is to make the library the primary image and video resource for scientists, resource managers, community groups, and environmentalists worldwide, so we encourage users to contribute their images and videos to the library. Images and videos are provided completely free for any use–all that is required is an appropriate photographer credit.
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