Monitoring Methods Project

Project Description

The Monitoring Methods Project is an effort to provide a web-based resource where monitoring practitioners can find a catalog of methods, protocols, and definitions for commonly used terminology. It is actually an effort to redevelop a tool created under a previous PNAMP project - Protocol Library/Protocol Manager. The redevelopment task is focusing on making the tool more comprehensive and easier to use. A first step was to combine the Protocol Library and a monitoring terminology glossary into a single site - which is now known as MonitoringMethods.org. In addition, a companion web-based Community Forum has been developed on the site to promote information exchange and collaboration between regional monitoring practitioners about methods and other topics of interest to this community. In addition, integration of the content in the tool with existing regional project tracking systems has been initiated. Additional integration will occur as we identify more systems and tools to connect with.

The tool is fully functional and can be accessed here: www.monitoringmethods.org. Additional features have been identified and some are slated to be completed with our current budget, but many cannot be implemented without securing additional funding.

Project Team

This project is being lead by Jacque Schei and Cathy Kellon from the State of the Salmon Project. The developer of the tool is Sitka Technology Group. A Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant (through State of the Salmon Project) and Bonneville Power Administration funds have been allocated to plan and develop the tool, as well as plan and initiate integration of the information with other regional systems and tools. The Monitoring Methods Leadership Team provides guidance and feedback on development and participates via in-kind contributions.

Highlights

Monitoring Methods Office Hours

April 8, 2015 - 1:20pm

PNAMP staff will also be starting Virtual Office Hours to answer specific Monitoring Methods questions. Office hours are a set time PNAMP staff will be available to answer questions and walk through the web tools based on users’ needs. Everyone is welcome to call in and chat; no question is too big or too small. We want to help you get those methods and protocols published. Office hours will take place the third Tuesday of each month from 1-3 PM PDT (starting on April 21st). If you are interested in coming, give Katie (kpierson@usgs.gov) a heads up with the protocol or method ID and your questions by 9 AM PDT on the Tuesday. If you forgot to do that, or just want to listen in, please come anyway.
Look forward to talking with you.

Teleconference Number: DOI locations: 703.648.4848, Non-DOI locations: 855.547.8255, Code: 95346#
WebEx Link:
https://usgs.webex.com/usgs/j.php?MTID=m50d172748da111656e993500ca2bdd48

Usage Statistics

April 1, 2014 - 3:12pm

Monitoring Methods currently has over 950 users who have documented over 850 protocols and 1,600 methods.

Visit www.monitoringmethods.org!

September 15, 2011 - 3:06pm

The Monitoring Methods application is fully functioning and has seen quite a bit of use in recent months. We are still working on some organization and content clean-up tasks but we've gotten a lot of great feedback on the tool. Please visit the site and let us know what you think!

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