I am well on my way to completing video #02 & #03. Both are in rough cut stage and I’m confident with some tweaking will be completed before the end of my term. Video #02 has to do with tree analysis and Video #03 has to do with a bug dataset.
It is interesting to note that in working through the videos, terminology differences have come into play between persons with a research vs. video background. For example, in my industry, if someone wants a video for a “general audience” that means persons from age 10 – 110 can watch the video and “get something out of it”. In the research arena – a “general audience” refers to a person in the research community it is refereing to researches as a whole.
Also, just to let everyone know – it appears that I will not be posting the final videos until the last possible date. Each one needs to be approved by a DataONE panel and placed on their website for viewing. Although, they will be available on the DataONE vimeo/Youtube page if you are interested.
Yes, I agree — the process of reconciling the specialized way researchers think about and describe things they specialize in with a desire to tell a story that resonates with a broader audience (in this case, as you mention, scientific researchers), is an interesting and challenging one.
I also think some of our discussions about what researchers would perceive as a ‘natural’ research story arc and the types of story arcs that are amenable to short videos such as the ones you’re working on have been interesting and helped me to expand my understanding of how stories like the Data Stories can be told in different formats. Always great to gain new perspectives on these kinds of communication challenges!
So, then… would “tree analysis” be dendrology or phylogenetics?
I think that in this case it’s probably ‘forestry’, or maybe ‘silviculture’. How’s that for research hyper-specialization? 😉
Ha! It figures the answer would be “yet another specialized type of tree analysis you didn’t think of because it’s not your field.” Honestly, it’s sometimes a wonder we scientists can communicate at all!