Botanical Cyberinfrastructure: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities, and Initiatives
Blum, Stanley .
GBIF, TDWG, and Standards: Foundations and Context for Botanical Cyberinfrastructure.
TAXONOMY has special role in biology because so much additional biological knowledge depends on the most basic taxonomy; knowing the circumscriptions of taxa, how to identify them, and how they are related. Understanding organismal as well as genetic and ecosystem biodiversity will entail quantities of information that will require new technologies to manage and integrate, that information, as well as new technologies to support new kinds of analyses. The purpose of the cyberinfrastructure initiative is to create new resources and capabilities - a new infrastructure - based on information technologies, that enable new kinds of research. One of the most important components of this work program will be to integrate heterogeneous data resources. Two organizations, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and the Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG) are coordinating international efforts to integrate data resources and make them freely available over the Internet. In this presentation, I will describe the shared missions of these two organizations, their complementary structures and roles, their primary programs, and how to participate in this work.
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1 - California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: 206/Performing Arts Center
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 8:15 AM