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Research Project: Data Innovations

Location: Soil Management and Sugarbeet Research

Project Number: 3012-11120-001-013-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2019
End Date: Jul 14, 2024

Objective:
Cooperator will: 1) Illustrate to ARS and university scientists and leadership the utility and benefits of the “Data Innovations” produced in this project. 2) Evaluate overall project objectives #1 - #7, including pros and cons of each, to determine the degree of improvement resulting from each “Data Innovation”. 3) Evaluate the cost impacts for ARS locations of “consolidating or centralizing” lab analyses, laboratory notebooks, etc. 4) Develop outreach materials for the Data Innovations project. The target audience for these outreach materials includes: ARS administrations; ARS scientists and staff; and ARS collaborators. 5) Assist in preparation of quarterly reports and final project reports.

Approach:
Cooperator will: Objective 1 - Illustrate the utility and benefits of the “Data Innovations” produced in this project to ARS and university scientists and leadership through journal publications (at least one), presentations at major scientific conferences (at least one at ASABE and SSSA), and presentations (one each) to ARS and university leadership. Objective 2 – Work with the ARS Data Innovations leaders to determine the degree of improvement resulting from each “Data Innovation”. Objective 3 – Work with the ARS Data Innovation leaders and ARS economists to evaluate the economic impacts (e.g., estimated annual operation costs, potential fee structures, comparison of economics of the “business as usual” and “data innovations” systems) of the Data Innovation pilot projects: regional laboratories for common soil, water, manure, and plant analysis; laboratory and field notebooks; centralized management of ARS continuous monitoring systems, etc. NOTE: this work must factor in opportunity costs. Objective 4 – Lead outreach efforts to assist ARS locations in implementing the “Data Innovations” through effective extension outlets (e.g., YouTube videos, training webinars, online manuals, etc.). Objective 5 – Work with the ARS Data Innovations project coordinator to assist in preparation of quarterly reports and final project reports.