You Speak My Language: Using Open Standards to Build a Rosetta Stone for Federal Land Management Agencies and Policies

2013 EENP Forum

Day 2: Sept 23, 2013 • 3:45pm • Great Hall

By Sara O’Brien

Have your efforts to implement and evaluate “landscape-scale conservation” been frustrated by participants that seem to speak completely different languages? Have you ever wished you had an app that translated between different federal agencies’ dialects? We used the Open Standards to build a Rosetta Stone for different federal planning processes, and we think you could use the same approach to bridge similar gaps in environmental evaluation.

Sara O’Brien leads Defenders of Wildlife’s conservation strategies program, which brings together the tools, information, and expertise needed to make biodiversity conservation more effective. For the past few years, she has focused on helping state wildlife agencies plan for climate change, and she is also interested in exploring how to apply the principles of conservation planning to landscape-scale conservation efforts.


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