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Resource of interest
2003 Annual Meeting: deadline extended for call for interest
Steering Committee meeting slated for February 26-27
DLESE Developers' Workshop
New DLESE brochure available for community use

Resource of interest

Periodically, DLESE highlights educational resources that are new to the library or relate to recent Earth events. The current resource of interest, featured at www.dlese.org, is:

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Education for a Sustainable Future offers classroom and field-based activities that focus on the interaction of humans, the environment, and technology, and the role each plays in ecological sustainability. Organized by grade level, broad topics include designing sustainable communities, global issues such as hunger, stewardship of resources, sustainable economics, and future impacts of these issues. A collection of software includes an interactive, place-based curriculum entitled Common Water, Common Ground, as well as several tools for spatial modeling of community design, decision-tree models and an Ecological Footprint Calculator.

Your contributions are what makes DLESE a community-owned project. Please contribute by suggesting your favorite sites.

2003 Annual Meeting - call for interest

The deadline for submitting the call for interest to attend the 2003 DLESE Annual Meeting has been extended to March 15, 2003. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few moments to answer the call. If you’ve already answered, please encourage your colleagues to participate. This year's annual meeting will be from August 3-5 in Boulder, Colorado, at the University of Colorado. The theme this year is Broadening DLESE. In keeping with this theme, we are especially interested in encouraging diversity at the meeting. A Skills Workshop will precede the meeting on August 2. Topics for the skills workshop include GIS in the classroom, using visualization tools, linking digital resources and field experiences, and more.

Steering Committee meeting

The DLESE Steering Committee meets February 26-27, welcoming four new members to the committee. Items on the agenda include the release of Version 2.0 of the library in Summer 2003; governance and management transitions associated with upcoming core service areas; new policy development; and our increasing collaborations with NSDL and NASA projects.

DLESE Developers' Workshop

DLESE now has a number of distributed projects developing various parts of the library. As DLESE grows, collaboration mechanisms to support distributed design and development approaches are needed. To begin this collaboration process, 38 developers from 16 different projects participated in a workshop on February 19-20 to explore key technology issues related to the distributed development of DLESE-related projects. The workshop provided the opportunity for developers to understand the breadth of development, share lessons learned, and discuss future development needs. A white paper summarizing the workshop conclusions will be available soon. Participant list and more information about the workshop

New brochure available for community use

Do you need materials to help publicize DLESE at your next conference or meeting? New brochures and business cards are available. The brochure describes DLESE, suggests opportunities for participation and use, and outlines future development. The business card highlights the link to www.dlese.org, and includes contact information for the DLESE Program Center. If you would like brochures and/or cards, please email support@dlese.org, detailing the quantity of each, and the date by which you need them, and we will ship them to you.

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