The tropical data hub: a virtual research environment for tropical science knowledge and discovery

Myers, Trina, Trevathan, Jarrod, and Atkinson, Ian (2012) The tropical data hub: a virtual research environment for tropical science knowledge and discovery. International Journal of Sustainability Education, 8 (1). pp. 11-27.

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Tropical regions support some of the world's most diverse and unique ecosystems. However, these sensitive areas are under increasing pressures that significantly threaten their future sustainability. To help better manage tropical regions, a need exists for more informed environmental monitoring procedures. Currently, data is collected in disjoint repositories that are not visible or accessible for reuse. As data is not being publicized, there are missed opportunities for holistic discovery of trends that influence tropical ecosystems. This proposal presents the Tropical Data Hub as an e-research infrastructure to congregate significant tropical data sets for cross-domain analyses and knowledge discovery. The Hub serves as a focal point for the amalgamation of disparate data sources to facilitate data reuse, integration, searching, and correlation by environmental researchers and government departments for discovery and decision making. More suitable environmental management practices may then be devised via cross-disciplinary data that depicts a more accurate representation of the status. The system automates the data capture process and incorporates semantic technologies to provide knowledge discovery. We present two successful visualisation applications that demonstrate the Hub's capacity to enhance tropical environmental research. The first assesses land space use, and the second assesses potential impacts of climate change on global biodiversity.

Item ID: 21667
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2325-1212
Keywords: virtual research environments, environmental monitoring, semantic technologies, tropical biodiversity, knowledge discovery
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 05:22
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080105 Expert Systems @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960303 Climate Change Models @ 30%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8998 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services > 899899 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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