Thursday, August 9, 2012: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
D135, Oregon Convention Center
Liana Vitali, ARKive (Wildscreen USA)
In a world in which a species becomes extinct every 20 minutes, photos and films of these species are often all that remain. The alarming rate at which extinction is occurring, coupled with the public’s lack of awareness, points to a critical need for increased dissemination of engaging and accurate conservation information for broad audiences that supports the preservation of one of Earth’s vital life systems: its species.
ARKive, called the Noah’s Ark of the internet, is a unique global initiative gathering films, photographs and audio recordings of the world’s threatened species into one centralized digital library. Staff researchers and biologists are creating comprehensive and enduring multimedia species profiles making a key resource freely available for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public at www.ARKive.org.
This B.Y.O.L. or “Bring Your Own Laptop” session begins with an introduction to ARKive’s history followed by a step-by-step guided tour to searching the collection online and a discussion of ways the 90,000+ images and films of threatened species around the world can be used. Additionally, participants will learn how to contribute their work and expertise to ARKive and be given a tutorial exploring ARKive Education, a portal to lesson plans, activities and games promoting conservation education. By the end of the session, participants will have learned about ARKive, how to navigate the site, how to contribute imagery, and how to utilize ARKive education resources in the classroom and beyond.
Lunch will not be served, bring your own lunch!