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May 2008

Warren M. Washington Digital Collection

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Warren M. Washington.

In one of the first efforts of its kind, the NCAR Library has launched the preliminary version of the Warren M. Washington Digital Collection, an online resource chronicling the career of Warren Washington (ESSL/CGD).

Visitors can explore the site (see “On the Web”), which is still a work in progress, via an interactive timeline that ­documents Warren’s life with ­photographs, webcasts, movies, animations, and more. With the help of an online finding aid, scholars can delve into a collection that encompasses Warren’s publications, models and output, correspondence, honors and awards, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, diversity efforts, photographs, and media coverage. The site also includes Warren’s biography, curriculum vitae, and ­pub­­lications list. Many of his accomplishments have been in collaboration with other NCAR scientists, such as Jerry Meehl and Akira Kasahara in CGD.

“Warren is a scientific trailblazer, an adviser to presidents and other ­influential people, and a role model to African Americans and all Americans,” says Mary Marlino. “The NCAR Library is honored to be able to present his story in this way.”

Library unveils new website

In late April, the Library launched a fresh website that features a new interface and different organization system for materials and tools, with an eye toward providing easy access to digital materials. Future plans include developing more special collections and implementing new tools for ­searching, accessing, and storing digital materials.


Mary conceived of the idea for the digital collection when she became ­director of e-Science and the NCAR Library last year. One of her goals for the Library is to feature more digital content. This includes not just providing more information online, but building cohesive collections and better methods to search them.

“For Warren’s online collection, we could simply have built a search engine to a disconnected set of ­information bits,” explains Web producer Kris Conrad (Library/Director’s Office), who’s worked with Mary, Warren, and Diane Rabson (Archives) to build the site. “A collection that can be explored via an interactive timeline goes a step further by putting that information into context and telling a story.

“Warren has a tremendous story to tell about his life,” Kris adds. “He’s achieved so much in the field of climate science and modeling, has been very politically involved, and, on top of all that, has found time to help pave the way for others via his diversity efforts.”

The Library hopes to produce similar collections for other prominent NCAR scientists in the future.•

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