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Welcome to the Winter Meeting for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)! The 2017 theme is Strengthening Ties Between Observations and User Communities. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 - 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for ESIP’s activities over the next three years. 

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Friday, January 13 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Getting Past Jargon in Communication

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"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Communication is not always easy, particularly once jargon starts. In 2011, Somerville and Hassol(1) published a list of terms that have different meanings for scientists and the public. AGU has built on that initial list as well. These lists are a good start for scientists who want to better communicate with the public, but it is not complete. It also doesn’t address the challenges that scientists can have when speaking to other scientists outside of their specific discipline.

This session is meant to introduce the concept behind a “science communication thesaurus” building upon the work of Somerville and Hassol. We envision this thesaurus to have multiple parts addressing communication challenges around specific terms both between domains and between scientists and the public. We welcome anecdotes of successful and unsuccessful communications as we work to improve how we convey our research to others.

(1) Somerville, R.C.J., and Hassol, S.J., 2011. Communicating the science of climate change, Physics Today, 64(10), p. 48-53. doi:10.1063/PT.3.1296

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Denise Hills

Program Manager / Researcher, Advanced Resources International, Inc / Ronin Institute
Long tail data, data preservation, connecting physical samples to digital information, geoscience policy, science communication.ORCID:  0000-0001-9581-4944

Friday January 13, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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