Scientists, engineers and data librarians are working in an increasingly data-intensive research environment. The Environmental Information Management (EIM) Institute provides MS and Ph.D. students and professionals with the conceptual and practical hands-on training that allows them to effectively design, manage, analyze, visualize, and preserve data and information. This summer, University Libraries will offer this institute on working in a data intensive research environment.

Participants completing the three-week institute will be at a significant competitive advantage as they pursue further academic and professional efforts. They will gain invaluable experience with all aspects of the data life cycle: from managing data files and creating databases and web portals, through state-of-the-art analysis and visualization techniques, as well as managing, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data.

The 2011 EIM Institute is made possible by generous funding from Walter E. Dean. Dr. Dean, a UNM alumnus, has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey since 1975 on a variety of projects and is currently a research geologist in the Geology and Environmental Change Science Center in Colorado. Dean is a prolific researcher and author who has won numerous awards.

Week 1
INFO 530 - Environmental Information Management

A practical course on environmental information management and the data life cycle for the environmental sciences. Lectures and exercises focus on data and metadata acquisition and management, quality assurance/quality control, data preservation, database creation and management, and web portal development.

Week 2
INFO 532 - Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization

Lectures and exercises cover techniques for data exploration, data analysis and scientific workflows, and creation of effective visual representations of analytical results.

Week 3
INFO 533 - Spatial Data Management in Environmental Science

This hands-on course focuses on how geospatial data are effectively managed, analyzed, visualized and preserved in Geographic Information Systems.

This institute is for MS students and professionals with a BS in biology, geology, ecology, or other environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geography or science librarianship.

Registration Information
Space is limited. The Institute is comprised of three one-week courses for two credits each. Students must register for and attend all three courses. Graduate tuition rates apply.

The course is open to non-UNM students, but they must apply for non-degree status through UNM Admissions ($10 fee) prior to registering for the Institute. Apply on-line at Non-Degree Status Guidelines. Graduate resident tuition rates apply to this course.

For more information visit, elibrary courses or e-mail Kathleen Keating kkeating@unm.edu.