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Hour of CI: An Engaging First Hour in Cyber Literacy for GIScience

Authors: Eric Shook*, University of Minnesota, Forrest Bowlick, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Karen Kemp, University of Southern California, Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cyberinfrastructure
Keywords: geospatial computing,
Session Type: Paper
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This paper will provide an overview for the NSF-supported Hour of Cyberinfrastructure (Hour of CI) project that aims to develop a suite of hour-long lessons to expose learners to Cyber Literacy for GIScience. In the first phase of the Hour of CI project, we are developing 9 lessons. The Gateway Lesson provides an easy entry for learners from a variety of backgrounds in social sciences, environmental sciences, geographical sciences, and computational sciences. It provides a broad overview of the 8 core areas that underscore Cyber Literacy for GIScience: 1) Spatial Analytics and Modeling, 2) Geospatial Data, 3) Spatial Thinking, 4) Interdisciplinary Communication, 5) Cyberinfrastructure, 6) Parallel Computing, 7) Big Data, and 8) Computational Thinking. Following the Gateway Lesson, learners can select a Beginner Lesson in any of the eight core areas. The next phase of the project will develop an Intermediate Lesson for each of the core areas for a total of 17 lessons. We will discuss the current status of the project including new insights, lessons learned, and challenges. Finally, we will discuss next steps and invite those who are interested to get involved.

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