2002 System Cybernetics and Informatics Conference

Organizational Informatics: Site Description Directories for Research Networks

Karen S. Baker and James W. Brunt and David Blankman - A site description directory plays a central role as a catalog for a network of research sites. Such a directory represents a keystone element in an information management system. A directory contributes to community communications both through documentation of member information and relationships as well as through design feedback elicited from participants in the ongoing process of developing the catalog system.

Using XML-encoded Metadata as a Basis for Advanced Information Systems for Ecological Research

Peter H. MCCARTNEY and Matthew B. JONES - Metadata provide information on the structure and meaning of data. It is one of the most basic components for building a scalable, networked infrastructure for accessing ecological data. Several partnering groups from ecology have collaborated to define a standardized format for metadata that is machine-parseable and extensible.

Efforts to Link Ecological Metadata with Bacterial Gene Sequences at the Sapelo Island Microbial Obs

Efforts to Link Ecological Metadata with Bacterial Gene Sequences at the Sapelo Island Microbial Observatory Wade M. SHELDON, Mary Ann MORAN and James T. HOLLIBAUGH - The existence of public databases for archiving genetic sequence data, such as GenBank and the Ribosomal Database Project, coupled with the availability of standardized sequence alignment and comparison tools has led to rapid advances in the field of bacterial genetics and systematics.

A Spatial Data Workbench for Data Mining, Analyses, and Synthesis

John Vande Castle, Deana Pennington, Tony Fountain and Cherri Pancake - Information managers at ecological research sites grapple with the complexity of diverse and heterogeneous datasets. The effective management of large geospatial datasets requires extensive hardware, software, and human resources that are often beyond the capabilities of smaller institutions.

Ecological Informatics: A Long-Term Ecological Research Perspective

William K. MICHENER, James W. BRUNT and Kristin L. VANDERBILT - Scientists within the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network have provided leadership in ecological informatics since the inception of LTER in 1980.