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“Challenge Yourself to App-lify USGS Data”
and the winners are...
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With the goal of promoting innovative use and applications of USGS data to address today’s most perplexing scientific challenges, USGS launched the App-lifying USGS Earth Science Data Challenge. The Challenge, open from January 9, 2013, to April 1, 2013, invited developers, information scientists, biologists/ecologists, and scientific data visualization specialists to create applications for selected USGS datasets. Winners were selected based on the relevance to the USGS and CSAS&L missions, innovation in design, and overall ease of use of the application.
USGS Trophy Cup - And The Winner Is...

Best Overall App
TaxaViewer by rOpenSci

We provide a web interface to a series of R software packages that let users query taxonomic names, retrieve ITIS data, invasiveness status, a phylogeny, and a map of occurrence data. Our software packages can be downloaded and run locally as well, facilitating not just an easy web interface, but a reproducible way to collect and visualize data.

rOpenSci Development Team

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Carl Boettiger is a theorist in ecology & evolution at UC Davis, working on forecasting critical transitions in ecosystems and detecting evolutionary shifts from comparative phylogenetic data.

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Scott Chamberlain is an evolutionary ecologist at Simon Fraser University, interested in topics ranging from comparative phylogenetics to interaction networks.

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Ted Hart is a quantitative ecologist at the University of British Columbia. I'm interested in aquatic food webs, the intersection of ecology and evolution, and network theory. Specifically I'm interested in how computational tools can be used to address these topics in novel ways.

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Karthik Ram is a quantitative ecologist at UC Berkeley broadly interested in the structure and dynamics of food webs in terrestrial systems.

USGS Trophy Cup - And The Winner Is...

Popular Choice App
Species Comparison Tool

The Species Comparison Tool allows you to select two species and create an interactive map comparing their range or distribution using a swipe tool. You can access ITIS taxonomy, as well as conservation and life history information through NatureServe Explorer. You can even view a picture of the species if there is one available through NatureServe's species imagery service.

Kimberly Sparks

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Kimberly Sparks is an application developer for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. She has more than 14 years of professional experience and specializes in interactive web applications that simplify data queries and reporting. Kim attended NC State University and completed a M.S. in Zoology, as well as the GIS graduate certificate. When she is not at a computer, she is out enjoying the Raleigh Greenway System by bike or on foot.


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