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The Miombo Network: Framework for a Terrestrial Transect Study of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the Miombo Ecosystems of Central Africa

Description: This report describes the strategy for the Miombo Network Initiative, developed at an International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) intercore-project workshop in Malawi in December 1995 and further refined during the Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC) Open Science Meeting in January, 1996 and through consultation and review by the LUCC Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The Miombo Network comprises of an international network of researchers working in concert on a 'community' research agenda developed to address the critical global change research questions for the miombo woodland ecosystems. The network also addresses capacity building and training needs in the Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (SAF) region, of the Global Change System for Analysis Research and Training (START). The research strategy described here provides the basis for a proposed IGBP Terrestrial Transect study of land cover and land use changes in the miombo ecosystems of Central Africa. It therefore resides administratively within the LUCC programme with linkages to other Programme Elements of the IGBP such as Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE). The report provides the framework for research activities aimed at understanding how land use is affecting land cover and associated ecosystem processes; assessing what contribution these changes are making to global change; and predicting what effects global change in turn could have on land use dynamics and ecosystem structure and function. The key issues identified are: patterns, causes and rates of change in land cover in relation to land use; consequences of land-use and land-cover changes on regional climate, natural resources, hydrology, carbon storage and trace gas emissions; determinants of the distribution of species and ecosystems in miombo; and fundamental questions of miombo ecosystem structure and function.
Date: 1997
Creator: Desanker, Paul V.; Frost, Peter G. H.; Justice, Christopher O. & Scholes, Robert J.

Psychology and Global Climate Change: addressing a mutifaceted phenomenon and set of challenges

Description: This report examines the role of the field of psychology in understanding and dealing with global climate change. The report explores the psychological drivers for contributing to climate change and the psychological barriers to action in response to the threat of climate change. The report makes policy recommendations based on its findings.
Date: March 2010
Creator: American Psychological Association. Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change.

The UNTL Metadata Guidelines: [Version-2, 2006]

Description: Report on the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries metadata guidelines. This report discusses describing digital objects in a consistent way that ensures long-term preservation and that provides for optimum searching, discovery and retrieval of information by users of our heterogeneous digital collections.
Date: 2006
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Belden, Dreanna; Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Phillips, Mark Edward & Reis, Nancy

The 'Texas Register' Web-Site Creations and Related Processes: Revised Report - 2003

Description: Report on the Texas Register, a weekly publication by the Office of the Secretary of State. This report discusses a partnership between the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries and the Office of the Secretary of State to insure permanent storage and public access to the non-current electronic files of the Texas Register.
Date: 2004
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw

Status Report Period: Fall Semester 2006 (Updated February 15)

Description: Report for an Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) Grant Partner Uplift Project. This report details the status of the project and covers encountered problems and activities.
Date: February 15, 2006
Creator: Polyakov, Serhiy & Phillips, Mark Edward

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Denton County Genealogical Society: Initial Usability Test Results, August 2008

Description: This report presents the findings of usability tests given as part of the IOGENE project. During March and April of 2008, members of the Denton County Genealogical Society participated in usability testing of the existing interface to the Portal. The purpose of the testing was to identify ways in which The Portal to Texas History could be improved to better address genealogists' needs. This report tells the findings from those tests. These findings in conjunction with the findings from focus group discussions held in the spring of 2008 will inform the initial redesign of the Portal's interface.
Date: August 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Quality Assurance Tests: Release 1 Summary Test Results, June 2009

Description: This report contains summaries of the results of two tests given as part of the IOGENE project. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process of the redesigned Portal interface. The first test in this report was conducted from April 6 through April 9, 2009. The second test in this report was conducted from June 1 - June 4, 2009.
Date: June 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Evaluation of Project Outcome: User Satisfaction Report, February 2010

Description: This report presents information about the IOGENE project. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This document reports information about the survey questionnaire, the respondents, the research findings, and includes the positive overall outcome regarding user satisfaction with the work conducted in this project.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Usability Tests: Summary Report, February 2010

Description: This is a summary report of the findings of usability tests. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History and to redesign the interface to the Portal to meet those requirements.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Portal to Texas History: Baseline Survey Results, June 2009

Description: This report discusses the questionnaire for the IOGENE Project. From September 26, 2008 through June 26, 2009, an online survey questionnaire captured both demographic data from Portal visitors as well as their opinions regarding the utility of the Portal and their satisfaction with it. The objective of this data collection effort was twofold: to characterize Portal users and to establish baseline measurements for user satisfaction. The survey will be repeated following each of two planned releases of the redesigned Portal, one in the summer of 2009 and the second in the fall of 2009. Comparison of future survey results to the baseline results reported in this paper will be one gauge of the success of the IOGENE project.
Date: June 29, 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Interim Performance Report, July 2008

Description: This report is the first interim performance report for the project titled: Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework. The reporting period is December 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. The report includes three sections: Interim Goals and Accomplishments, Significant Findings and Accomplishments, and Project Achievements and Lessons Learned.
Date: July 2008
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Functional Requirements for The Portal to Texas History, July 2008

Description: This report includes the results of an initial assessment of genealogists' requirements for the redesign of the Portal's interface. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the libraries' Portal to Texas History. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 24, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Dallas Genealogical Society: Focus Group 1 Discussion, July 2008

Description: This is a report of the findings from the March 16, 2008 focus group discussion with members of the Dallas Genealogical Society. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas history. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Final Project Report, February 2010

Description: This report discusses a research project conducted by the UNT Libraries. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a two-year study to redesign the interface to The Portal to Texas History, a digital library program at the UNT Libraries. This report opens with background information for the project, describes the project's methods and working model, guides the reader through the project's three phases and associated feedback from the review process, and presents the revised model for application development. The report closes with measures of the project's success as well as reflections on the experience gained and its value for future digital library application development projects.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson & Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Dallas Genealogical Society: Focus Group 2 Discussion, July 2008

Description: This report presents findings from the March 30, 2008 focus group discussion with members of the Dallas Genealogical Society. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas history. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Quality Assurance Tests: Release 2 Summary Test Results, October 2009

Description: This report discusses the key findings of the quality assurance testing conducted by the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries. These tests are part of a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This report discusses tests conducted by 22 members of the ITS and DPU staff between September 28 through October 1, 2009.
Date: October 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Interim Performance Report, July 2009

Description: This report is the third interim performance report for the project titled: Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework. The reporting period is January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. The report includes three sections: Goals and Accomplishments, Significant Findings and Accomplishments, and Project Achievements and Lessons Learned.
Date: June 2009
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Interim Performance Report, December 2008

Description: This report is the second interim performance report for the project titled: Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework. The reporting period is July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. The report includes three sections: Interim Goals and Accomplishments, Significant Findings and Accomplishments, and Project Achievements and Lessons Learned.
Date: December 2008
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Collin County Genealogical Society: Focus Group Discussion, July 2008

Description: This report provides information about the IOGENE project. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. The Portal provides users with a digital gateway to collections in Texas libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies, as well as to private collections. It contains primary source materials, including maps, books, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, and letters. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface. The results of this study will provide the library community with information about the needs and interface requirements of a little-studied group of lifelong learners who comprise a significant proportion of digital library users.
Date: July 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Assessment Path Final Report

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. This report describes the major assessment activities, their contributions to the project, and key findings. The assessment work areas included needs assessment, collection planning, and WAS evaluation.
Date: December 27, 2007
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Focus Group Report: ALA, Chicago, June, 2005

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. This report includes the following three sections: (a) the methodology used to conduct the focus groups and analyze the data, (b) the detailed results of the analysis organized into phases of the collection development process, and (c) a discussion of the key findings.
Date: February 14, 2005
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.

Web Collection Plan Overview: Considerations for Project Curators

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. The guidelines in this document are intended to assist the Web-at-Risk's project's curators in developing plans for the collections they will create using the project's Web Archiving Service (WAS). A web collection typically consists of a group of web-sites related by a common subject, theme, or event. Librarians will notice that some familiar concepts and practices from collection planning for print materials easily transfer to collection planning for web-published materials while some new concepts and unfamiliar practices are introduced. To effectively manage collections of web-published materials, it is good practice to either create new plans or modify existing collection plans to address these concepts and practices.
Date: August 24, 2006
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R. & Hsieh, Inga K.

Collection Planning Guidelines

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. The Web-at-Risk project is developing a Web Archiving Service (WAS) that will enable the project's partner institutions to act as archive agencies that will assist the project's curators in building and managing archived collections of web-published materials.
Date: May 31, 2006
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R. & Hsieh, Inga K.

Collection Plan Guidelines for Project Curators

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. These policy and planning documents typically guide collection management within libraries and archives. Some familiar concepts and practices from collection development for non-digital materials easily transfer to collection development for web-based materials while some new concepts and unfamiliar practices are introduced. To effectively manage web collections, it is good practice to either create new policies and plans or modify existing collection policies and plans.
Date: May 9, 2006
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R. & Hsieh, Inga K.