University Libraries is hosting the Walter E. Dean Environmental Information Management Institute in a series of one week courses from Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 15, 2012.   More information can be found at

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

The Environmental Information Management (EIM) Institute provides MS and PhD 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.

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.

Week 1 - INFO 530 Environmental Information Management
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.

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.

Open to non-UNM students. For more information visit or email Teresa Neely at

The 2012 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.