Faculty Profile: Timothy Norris

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Timothy Norris

Data Scientist

(305) 284-2826

Timothy Norris joined the University of Miami Libraries in August of 2014 as a Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Norris' first years at UM included an environmental scan of research data management needs across the University's schools and colleges, the design and teaching of a research data management graduate seminar at the RSMAS campus, and collaboration on data intensive projects at the Center for Computer Science (now the Institute for Data Science and Computing - IDSC). Currently, as a Data Scientist with a joint appointment between the Library and IDSC, his interest lies in studying the flow of data throughout the entire research cycle from inception of the research question to the publication and preservation of the results. His own research focuses on geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data visualizations (cartography), participatory research methodologies, and how the sustainable governance of human, natural and informational resources intersect. The outcome of this work is to better understand the curation, management and governance of data resources and assets in research institutions at scales from local to global. This work forms part of a larger inter-disciplinary effort to provide data management services and support for digital scholarship at the University of Miami and beyond.

Prior to arriving at the University of Miami Dr. Norris' doctoral work focused on community based mapping and participatory research methods as tools to mediate public/private relationships centered on the management and governance of natural resources in the global south. Tim holds a PhD in Environmental Studies (a.k.a. geography and a little ecology) from the University of California Santa Cruz; his doctoral work was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. In another life, Dr. Norris was  a GIS technician and data curator for the University of California Industry-University Cooperative Research Program.

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