Analysis Tools Supporting Adaptive Management
Investigators are developing new techniques for managing and analyzing data in support of adaptive management within the South African National Parks. Work focuses on the use of the Kepler workflow system for design, execution, and reporting about thresholds of potential concern within Kruger National Park.
The FIRST project is developing new metadata standards for assessment in ecological education to facilitate the exchange of educational assessment data. Participants will be developing means for semantically describing assessment instruments to allow comparison of different assessment techniques.
The REAP project's goal is to extend the Kepler scientific workflow system to fully integrate access to sensor networks. New capabilities will include the ability to include sensor data in workflows, monitor, inspect and control sensor networks, and simulate the design of new sensor networks.
The Kepler project's goal is to produce an open-source scientific workflow system that allows scientists to design scientific analyses and models and execute them efficiently using emerging Grid-based approaches to distributed computation.
Network for Biocomplexity
The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) is a national network intended to facilitate ecological and environmental research on biocomplexity. The goal of KNB is to enable the efficient discovery, access, interpretation, integration, and analysis of complex ecological data from a highly distributed set of field stations, laboratories, research sites, and individual researchers.
The Jalama project is designed to create a flexible, easy to use system for developing metadata and data entry forms for use in lab and field environments for ecology. The system uses a metadata-driven approach to form generation, and software products from the project will target both desktop and handheld computers. These applications will simultaneously enable researchers to provide critical structured metadata in order for their work to participate in a distributed "Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity".
Environment for Ecological Knowledge
The goals of the Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge (SEEK) are to make fundamental improvements in how researchers can 1) gain global access to ecological data and information, 2) rapidly locate and utilize distributed computational services, and 3) exercise powerful new methods for capturing, reproducing, and extending the analysis process itself.
UVM Ecoinformatics Collaboratory
The Ecoinformatics Collaboratory, part of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, is committed to unifying the science and management of the natural and human environment by contributing novel technologies, openly accessible data and models, and innovative education to promote a breakthrough in the effectiveness of environmental research, decision-making and policy-making.
The VegBank online data repository is being developed to store vegetation data which supports the National Vegetation Classification. The system is comprised of three components used to perfectly archive vegetation plots data, plant taxonomic data and vegetation community data.