Chris Powter, Executive Director, Oil Sands Research & Information Network (OSRIN), School of Energy & the Environment, University of Alberta presented a seminar on Thursday, December 1 at 12:30 in the Wyatt Lecture Room (236 Earth Sciences Building) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Abstract: Information is the currency of research – we measure our value and market our services based on the amount we possess and what we can do with it. We spend our time creating, amassing, synthesizing, evaluating and sharing it. To ensure we amass maximum information “wealth” we should avail ourselves of all possible sources of information.

As is the case with many areas of scientific interest, the amount of information related to oil sands environmental management has exploded in recent years. Meanwhile there are repeated calls from the public and researchers for access to even more information. At the same time, people who have been in the game for a long time are often heard to lament that new entrants are not aware of historic information and are wasting valuable time and resources re-inventing the wheel.

This presentation will explore conventional and unconventional sources of oil sands information and explore some of the factors that may increase our information wealth-building efforts.

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