One objective of LEO Network is to help make connections between different observations. Although various methods can be used for connecting and organizing related observations, LEO uses projects to organize the different types of observation approaches to a specific question or topic.
Unlike observations, which are usually driven by an individual observer, projects are typically begun by a member who desires to include specific types of observations in their project.
Projects have a specific question (or topic), a location, a starting date and some pre-defined lead consultants or owner. Anyone in the membership can suggest a new project by sending a comment to the hub administrator. The hub can engage with appropriate organizations to create a new project.
In a project profile, the desired type of observations, along with the location and time frame, are described. Based on these criteria, LEO Network can route new observations into the project profile. There are three types of projects, and each type is labeled with a ribbon:
Sentinel - Projects labeled as Sentinel are emerging but the event has not yet been observed in the defined location or season. An example is the emergence of an invasive species. Network members provide assistance in providing surveillance for the first occurrence of an event.
Watch - Ongoing events labeled as a project to Watch may occur seasonally or intermittently over many years, for instance, observations of flood conditions on a particular river.
Trend - A Trend encompasses a series of events that emerge as a trend or potential trend. They are usually hot topics, with new observations added frequently. They may or may not develop into a Watch Project.
Last Updated Jun 2, 2016