Posted on 01/01/2014 at 05:54 PM By Pedro
Welcome to the first post of the SnowGeek blog. I would like to take the time to layout what topics the SnowGeek blog will address and introduce what SnowGeek is.

SnowGeek's mission is to Advance Excellence and Openness in Avalanche Education and Snow Science. These words were very carefully chosen to convey what we hope to accomplish. We strive for excellence in both teaching in avalanche courses and conducting research. We also want to share everything that we learn with the community so that the entire community benefits and grows from what we learn.

In keeping to that, the SnowGeek blog will address topics in Avalanche Education and Snow Science aimed towards making them more accessible and easy to understand. Some weeks that may mean diving into explaining snow metamorphism. Other weeks it might mean distilling the essence of recent science papers to digestible form. Yet other posts might be used to shed light on topics concerning avalanche education. We want to continue learning and share what we learn in the tradition of openness.

The second component of SnowGeek is to offer useful tools to the community. The first of these is the Trip Planning Tool. It will make obtaining information from important sources such as avalanche forecasts, weather, current conditions (snotel), and maps easier. So we built a tool that brings all that information together on one page based on the location you are interested in. We plan on adding much more, but this is a great starting place!

Lastly, SnowGeek is dedicated to excellence and openness in Avalanche Education. To that end, SnowGeek is preparing a new web based platform for getting education material to students and educators. The platform is called edX and is in use by top universities around the world such as MIT, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. The idea behind edX is to make the same material, same lectures, same assignments that are used at top universities, free for anyone to learn from anywhere in the world. In keeping with the principle of openness, edX released their platform as open source software. That same software is being prepared to use for Avalanche Education this winter. In the next few weeks we should have more to share about that.

Hopefully all this excites you as much as it excites us at SnowGeek. We see great potential in 2014 in the advance of excellence and openness in avalanche education and snow science.

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Pedro Rodriguez
SnowGeek Founder

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