Integrating ecological data: tools and techniques

TitleIntegrating ecological data: tools and techniques
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPorter JH, Ramsey K
EditorCallaos N, Porter J, Rishe N(eds.)
Conference NameThe 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics Proceedings
VolumeVolume VII, Information Systems Development II
Number of Volumes536
Date PublishedJuly 14-18, 2002
PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics
Conference LocationOrlando, FL
ISBN Number980-07-8150-1
Accession NumberJRN00359
Call Number00809
Keywordsabstract, abstracts, conference, conference proceedings, conferences, data management, also SEE <information management>, ecoinformatics, SEE <information management>, information management, also SEE <data management>, information management, data integration, information management, data mining, information management, ecoinformatics, information management, GIS, information management, proceeding, proceedings

Integration of data is critical to achieving new levels of understanding of ecological systems and processes. Typically, data integration is achieved only through a painstaking manual process that rules out large-scale integration. We believe that many of the techniques related to uncertain reasoning (fuzzy logic, Baysian networks, and evolutionary algorithms) and data mining might be usefully applied to ecological data integration. Here we present two case studies. One characterizes a traditional approach to integration. The second focuses on using software system integration to integrate geospatial and research data, along with providing data discovery services. We discuss those case studies where advanced techniques might prove useful and where modifications are needed to support scientific research.

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