Published on March 15, 2009
Constructing a first-generation cyberinfrastructure to support ecological forecasting Understanding and Forecasting Ecological Change: 3rd Annual Symposium February 20, 2009 Joshua S. Campbell
Cyberinfrastructure Cyberinfrastructure (CI) is the application of information technology to the problem of efficiently connecting data, computers, and people with the goal of enabling the discovery of novel scientific theories and knowledge. Utilizes IT Connecting Distributed science
Vision To share KBS data via the web Identify, Organize, Metadata, Publish Designed to support ecological forecasting Land cover Kansas Field Station and Ecological Reserves (KSR) Hydrology
Motivation Unrealized Value Network Effects NSF’s vision of Cyberinfrastructure Sharing is the new research paradigm
Stakeholders Scientific Community Increase knowledge inside ecoforecasting community about available datasets Participate with a global research community Public Outreach Provide decision-makers and citizens access to KBS science
Ecoforecasting and CI Utilizes a range of atmospheric, geological, hydrological, ecological, biological, and cultural data Sorry if I forgot one… Geography is the unifying framework GIS provides the computational framework Maps are a primary data interface
How will users interact with the data?
Designing Cyberinfrastructure (National Academies Workshop, June 2007, http://cyberinfrastructure.us/) Open standards Proprietary platforms (linking) Open source software Open access publishing Simplified data licenses (Science Commons) Access management systems
Data Organization Application s Web Services Dataset s
System Design 3 Components ArcGIS Server GeoNetwork KARS website redesign Redundant and Discoverable
Demos KSR Web Map GeoNetwork Interactive Map Data Download Google Earth ArcGIS REST Services
Web application is ‘consuming’ two web services
Hyperlink provides direct access to the GeoNetwork metadata catalog Each web service is built from individual datasets
GeoNetwork provides search capabilities based on: keyword geographic location KBS division type of data
A built-in interactive map viewer allows data to be visualized and queried prior to download
Data can be downloaded in a number of formats, including shapefile, KML, WMS and REST
Provides direct access to the ESRI REST services page
HTML representation of all services running on the server
REST services can be viewed in a number of clients
Google can find and index both attributes and geography
Supported Interfaces and Operations allow direct programmatic access to the service. This allows the data to be used in distributed modeling applications, without having to be downloaded.
Next steps Increase functionality of the system Add more datasets Create ‘geoprocessing’ web services Increase users New dynamic-HTML website
Challenges Technology Scientific research and IT are two distinct skillsets WebGIS is not the same as desktop GIS Culture Data is power (or so researchers think) F.U.D. (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) Extra work to provide metadata
Questions…? KBS system is still in beta System is expected to be operational this summer Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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