Data Set Citation:
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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and Turnipseed M. 2012.
Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Data
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General Information:
Title:Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Data
Identifier:knb.296
Abstract:
Data presented here are comments from stakeholders to the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. Data from public meetings, roundtables, and general comments were made available to the general public on the Task Force's website. More than 5000 separate comments from private citizens, scientists, law and policy experts, non-profit and industry organizations, leaders of local, state, and tribal governments, and members of the US Congress were documented by the Task Force. Comments could be submitted directly into the web form on the Task Force’s website, by uploading a pdf to the website, by faxing them to the Council on Environmental Quality, or by submitting verbal, handwritten or typed comments at public meetings.
Keywords:GCMD:
  • Ocean Policy
  • Task Force
  • stakeholders
  • Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
  • Public comments
Publication Date:2012-06-25
Data Table, Image, and Other Data Details:
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File
Data Table:Comments.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Individual: Mary Turnipseed
Address:
California USA
Email Address:
maryturnipseed@gmail.com
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Mary Turnipseed
Address:
California USA
Email Address:
maryturnipseed@gmail.com
Associated Parties:
Individual: Mary Turnipseed
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Xueying Han

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:The United States, including the Pacific Islands
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  0.0000  degrees
East:  0.0000  degrees
North:  0.0000  degrees
South:  0.0000  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
2009
End:
2009

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
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Methods

The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force held 6 public meetings around the country as well as 38 expert roundtables in which it invited experts from a wide range of sectors to talk with Task Force representatives about issues concerning their constituents. The Task Force also solicited public comments at 3 points during the 180-day process: at the very beginning, prior to the release of the Interm Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force; prior to the release of the Interm Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; and following it, for a 60-day public review and comment period prior to the release of the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. Transcripts, videos of public meetings, comments, and associated attribute data were made public on the Task Force's website. From this website, I downloaded the public comment data and the available transcripts from the public meetings. I employed a number of steps to convert the public comments and public meetings transcripts into a format accessible by NVivo 9, the qualitative software program with which I analyzed all data. Though some commentators had directly entered their comments into the web-based form, many individuals and organizations submitted their comments as attached documents or pdfs. To facilitate database compilation and data analysis, I manually pasted in the textual content from all attachments into the public comment data spreadsheets. The content in most pdfs was easily extracted to rich text format and pasted into the spreadsheets. However, many pdfs were of poor quality and required extraction via OCR recognition in Adobe Pro. Oftentimes, this process yielded errors (e.g., misspellings, missed spaces), which I manually corrected. Additionally, at each public meeting, handwritten comments were collected and scanned to pdf. Unreadable by Adobe Pro, I had to manually transcribe these comments.

Data Set Usage Rights

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Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File