First-ever zoo to co-host global Science On a Sphere® workshop

Image depicting the theme 'Connecting people, places, animals and spaces'

April 19, 2017

The Detroit Zoo is the first zoo to host the international Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop from April 25-27, 2017. The workshop is co-hosted by the NOAA ESRL Global Systems Division, the NOAA Office of Education, and the Detroit Zoological Society.

The user workshop provides an opportunity for members of the users network to present and exchange ideas about using spherical display systems to promote scientific literacy. The 2017 theme is "Pole to Pole: Connecting people, places, animals, and spaces." An estimated 125 users are expected to attend.

During the workshop, eight members of the GSD SOS team will introduce new developments in SOS v5.2. A new text “picture-in-picture” feature, will let users add explanations, announcements, or thought provoking questions directly onto datasets. The team also improved functionality in the SOS kiosk, the visual playlist editor, and the SOS Remote app. Other talks from the team in Boulder include lightning talks, social media best practices for science communication, an introduction to SOS Explorer, developments with virtual reality, and a discussion on the future of SOS.

The workshop will also showcase the winning entry in the first-ever student contest to create new maps, visualizations, and stories that help share NOAA’s mission. Students from James Madison University won with: “Energy Poverty - SOS: The overarching problem of energy poverty.”

The SOS Users Collaborative Network has a membership of 150 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093