Competency in Communication as written by FLICC (details below) includes listening, oral comprehension, oral expression, reading, writing, written comprehension, and written expression. Both my Poster: Combating Zone Creep with Big Data and my Video: Science Data Management in the USDA showcase basic and technological aspects of communication. I include them as examples of learning new communication channels – my first time working with each media and a deliberate decision to step outside my comfort zone. Now, with reflection on the experiences and the products, I have a more comprehensive understanding of each channel’s requirements in order to more concretely and elegantly utilize each in the future.

In the poster presentation for IAALD, I explored potential reuse of data and initiated conversations with conference attendees on facilitating collaboration on reuse of data. As conference attendees read my poster, they spoke with me about how the poster informed their focus in agriculture information management. I recorded feedback and engaged in dialog extrapolating how my ideas could interface with their facet of agriculture. The experience of the poster presentation was invaluable to me in clarifying principles of communication in this milieu.

The video I created, encapsulating my SDMC research was a new-to-me communication channel that I deliberately sought out. Making the video taught me communication tools. Additionally, the research work I did to glean the information in the video is an excellent example of my ability to utilize the tenets of this competency, in that I used phone interviews, face-to-face interviews, email, and official written statements to synthesize my report. I listened, wrote, read, expressed and understood ideas in both oral and written mode to collect and synthesize all streams of information.

  • Listening – Ability to actively listen, interpret, and provide feedback to individuals and groups.
  • Oral Comprehension – Ability to understand information expressed verbally by others.
  • Oral Expression – Ability to present information verbally so that others can understand.
  • Reading – Ability to understand and interpret written material.
  • Writing – Ability to use proper English grammar, punctuation, and spelling and to write in a succinct and organized manner appropriate for the intended audience or purpose.
  • Written Comprehension — Ability to understand information written by others.
  • Written Expression— Ability to present information in writing so that others can understand.

Products: Video: Science Data Management in the USDA,Poster: Combating Zone Creep with Big Data