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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

The Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST II) project is developing new metadata standards for assessment in biological education. Participants will develop means to semantically describe assessment instruments, student responses, assessment settings, and concept categories. Faculty will use the ontologies to find assessments and student responses, manage and document assessment data, and facilitate the exchange of educational assessment data. In this project, FIRST researchers are collaborating with the informatics team at NCEAS to build data systems for representing, collating, and analyzing educational assessment data.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Matthew B. Jones, Diane Ebert-May, Mark P. Schildhauer, Mark Urban-Lurain

Project Dates

Start: November 10, 2007

End: November 13, 2007



Diane Ebert-May
Michigan State University
Matthew B. Jones
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ryan McFall
Hope College
Mark P. Schildhauer
University of California, Santa Barbara
Mark Urban-Lurain
Michigan State University
Everett Weber
Michigan State University


  1. Journal Article / 2010

    A metadata-driven approach to loading and querying heterogeneous scientific data