Best Practices to Enhance the Quality, Discoverability
and Re-Use Potential for Post-Event Reconnaissance Data

November 11, 2020 | 1pm-2pm ET

About the Tutorial

The Structural Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) network was founded with the mission to build societal resilience by generating new knowledge on the performance of the built environment through impactful post-event reconnaissance disseminated to affected communities. In the past two years, StEER has focused on shifting the Natural Hazard Engineering (NHE) community’s paradigm from isolated researchers using paper forms to explore specific hypotheses by generating proprietary data toward community collaboratives using digital platforms to acquire openly curated data. As part of this shift, StEER has focused not only on efficiently collecting perishable data, but also on ensuring that data is suitable for reuse.

This required firstly assuring the quality and reliability of the data, addressed through the creation of objective and consistent approaches to structural assessment with dedicated Data Librarians enacting a rigorous Data Enrichment and Quality Control (DEQC) process. The reuse potential of the data, which emphasizes both reusability and discoverability, was then enhanced through the creation of policies and protocols for curation/publication within DesignSafe.

This webinar, contextualized within the response to Hurricane Michael, will overview StEER’s approach to generating high-quality, reusable reconnaissance data compatible with the DesignSafe Field Research Data Model. Specific topics include:

  1. Best practices for ensuring high-quality and reliable reconnaissance data;
  2. Guidance for documenting reconnaissance data, including structuring of the DesignSafe project and development of a comprehensive Data Report to ensure the data is discoverable and reusable;
  3. Suggestions for defining project headings, missions, collections and tags used in the Field Research Data Model to enhance discoverability and consistency when describing and organizing multi-phase investigations with different instruments/teams;
  4. Applications of Field Research Data Model to different products beyond the actual measurements/observations, such as reports and briefings.

About the Presenter

Tracy Kijewski-Correa is the Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, and Associate Professor of Global Affairs. Her research focuses on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and civil infrastructure challenges posed by increased urbanization and vulnerability.

Her interdisciplinary scholarship links science and technology to communities in greatest need, delivering scalable paradigms to enhance the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure and inform the decisions of stakeholders such as homeowners, designers, planners, emergency managers and policymakers. She is a senior personnel with the NHERI SimCenter focused on its hurricane regional simulation testbeds and currently serves as the inaugural director of the Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network.

About StEER

StEER was founded in 2018 through EAGER funding by the National Science Foundation (CMMI 1841667) with a commitment to:

  1. deepening structural engineers’ capacity for post-event reconnaissance by promoting community-driven standards, best practices, and training, as well as their understanding of the effect of natural hazards on society;
  2. efficient coordination, leveraging its distributed network of members and partners for early, efficient and impactful responses to hazard events; and
  3. collaboration that broadly engages communities of research, practice and policy to accelerate learning from hazard events.

StEER achieves these aims by working closely with other extreme event reconnaissance organizations and the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) to foster greater potentials for truly impactful interdisciplinary post-event reconnaissance. StEER responded to 30 hazard events since fall 2018, involving 144 different members, approximately 50% of the over 300 members certified to join StEER responses through its Virtual and/or Field Assessment Structural Teams. In that time, StEER has published 12 Event Briefings, 22 Preliminary Virtual and/or Early Access Reconnaissance Reports (PVRRs & EARRs) and 3 quality assured datasets on DesignSafe, with over 9000 publicly available damage assessments on its Fulcrum platform. Learn more about StEER at

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