Metadata Collections & QA

Kathryn M. Ginger

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Education

M.A. Education/ Instructional Technology, University of Colorado, May 2001
M.S. Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, December, 1993
B.S. Meteorology, Northern Illinois University, May, 1991
A.S. Mathematics, William Rainey Harper College, May 1988

Professional experience

2011-Present

Software Engineer III (Metadata Architect/ Project Lead)
NCAR Library and OpenSky
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Same as below.
2007-Present

Software Engineer III (Metadata Architect/ Collections Manager)
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Same as below.
2003-Present

Software Engineer III (Metadata Architect)
Digital Learning Sciences (DLS) & Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Leads and is responisble for collections management and integration activities.
  • Leads the collection development team and is a co-PI on the NSDL grant.
  • Leads the accessioning boards that approves collections.
  • Provides expert knowledge on metadata standards and XML technologies.
  • Designs XML-based metadata frameworks and controlled vocabularies to support discovery in digital libraries.
  • Writes XML schemas to support cataloging tools, web services, OPML and RSS.
  • Writes XSLT stylesheets to transform XML metdata records to XML, text and HTML.
  • Writes Python scripts to generate reports and manage collection workflows.
  • Perfoms OAI-PMH harvesting using scripts and web applications and debugs XML issues and harvest failures.
  • Writes and enforces collection polices regarding development of digital library content, accessioning and deaccessioning.
  • Leads metadata and technical training workshops for the university community.
  • Communicates extensively with clients building collections.
  • Performs original cataloging of digital objects encompassing scholarly publishing to educational learning objects for grades K-20.
  • Develops interactive, borne digital, learning objects in the area of atmospheric science.
  • Aligns educational standards (e.g. NSES and Common Core) to digital learning objects.
  • Develops specialized and thematic digital collections based on library and client needs.
  • Conducts user testing of software.
  • Creates 'help' pages and users guides for web applications and collection building tools.
  • Writes technical and semantic interpretations of metadata frameworks including cataloging best practices, controlled vocabularies and crosswalks.
  • Is part of a cataloging tool software development team.
  • Maintains the DLESE metadata website and updates the NSDL website.
2000-2003


Metadata Architect

Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE Program Center)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Same as above.
1998-2000


Associate Scientist III (Meteorologist)

Program for the Advancement of Geoscience Education
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Wrote batch scripts to maintain a web-based graduate distance learning course.
  • Provided meteorological subject matter expertise for multimedia modules.
  • Designed interfaces for multimedia modules.
  • Helped conduct formative evaluations of CD-ROM and web-based products.
  • Co-led faculty workshops teaching multimedia techniques.


1997


Visiting Scientist

Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET®)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

  • Trained atmospheric scientists from Kenya and Niger in the instructional design process to create interactive CD-ROMs utilizing satellite data in the analysis and forecast process.
  • Designed web-based lab materials for undergraduate faculty that teach weather.
1994-1997


Meteorological Content Specialist

American Meteorological Society, Washington DC

  • Responsible for creating, writing, testing and evaluating precollege teacher guides on meteorological topics.
  • Designed real-time meteorological data analysis and interpretation activities for a college credit course delivered via the Internet.
  • Trained K-12 teachers and worked with college faculty on integrating meteorological topics into their classrooms.
  • Helped produce a K-12 teacher's glossary of meteorology.
1991-1993


Research and Teaching Assistant

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

1991, 1992


Visiting Scientist

Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET®)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

Online learning

These are online learning modules in which I provided principal science expertise, selected graphics, wrote content and contributed to the instructional design.

Using Climatological Products in Common Operations: 2009: http://www.meted.ucar.edu/afwa/climo/operations/

Introduction to Statistics for Climatology: 2008: http://www.meted.ucar.edu/afwa/climo/stats/splash.htm

Introduction to Climatology: 2008: http://www.meted.ucar.edu/afwa/climo/intro/index.htm

Jet Streams and Weather: 2006: http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.watcyc.lp_jetstream/

Remote Sensing Using Satellites: 1998: http://www.comet.ucar.edu/nsflab/web/

Selected publications

Kastens, K.A., R.A. Arko, K.M. Ginger, N. Holzman, 2007: News: Digital Library for Earth System Education Adds Pedagogical Links, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Vol. 88, Num. 40.

Arko, R.A., K.M. Ginger, K.A. Kastens and J. Weatherley, 2006: Using Annotation to Add Value to a Digital Library for Education, Vol. 12, Num. 5 (http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may06/arko/05arko.html)

Kastens, K.A., B. DeFelice, H. Devaul, C. DiLeonardo, K.Ginger, S. Larsen, D. Mogk and S. Tahirkheli, 2005: Questions & Challenges Arising in Building the Collection of a Digital Library for Education: Lessons from Five Years of DLESE. D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 11, Num. 11 (http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november05/kastens/11kastens.html).

Ginger, K. M., S. Armstrong, and B. Abrams, 2000: An examination of the AMS industry minority scholarship program. Preprints, 9th Symposium on Education, Long Beach, CA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 72-74.

Ginger, K.M., T. Reeves, and M. Marlino, 2000: An evaluation of UCAR's Remote Sensing Using Satellites module. Preprints, 9th Symposium on Education, Long Beach, CA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 148-151.

Ginger, K.M., M. Weingroff, B. Heckman, K. Attitso, E. Kploguede, J. Kagenyi, and J. Kongoti, 1999: ASMET: Making a Difference in African Meteorological Education and Training. Preprints, 8th Symposium on Education, American Meteorological Society (AMS), Dallas, TX.

Ginger, K.M., L. Davis, M. Weingroff, and B. Heckman, 1999: The Case Study Template: A Tool for Scientific Presentations, Education, and Training. Preprints, 8th Symposium on Education, American Meteorological Society (AMS), Dallas, TX.

Ginger, K.M., J. Adolphson, R. Montoya, and T. Spangler, 1998: The Power of the AMS DataStreme Project in Different Educational Settings, Preprints, 7th Symposium on Education, American Meteorological Society (AMS), Phoenix, AZ.

Ginger, K.M., J.M. Moran, R.S. Weinbeck, I.W. Geer, J.T. Snow, and D.R. Smith, 1996: Project ATMOSPHERE 1995 Teacher Enhancement Programs, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 77, 763-769.

Harshvardhan, B.A. Wielicki, and K.M. Ginger, 1994: The Interpretation of Remotely Sensed Cloud Properties from a Model Parameterization Perspective. J. of Climate, 7, 1987-1997.

Other interests

  • Biking
  • U.S. Colonial and Civil War History
  • Snowshoeing
  • Canoeing
  • Crafting

Last updated: 2011-09-23
Maintained by: Katy Ginger (support@dlese.org), DLESE Metadata