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    1. 1. USGS National Biological Information Infrastructure Advancing Science in a Collaborative Web 2.0 World Government 2.0 Boot Camp Mike Frame
    2. 2. Session Outline <ul><li>Brief Organization Background </li></ul><ul><li>Why do we need such tools? </li></ul><ul><li>Our organizations current efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going </li></ul>
    3. 3. USGS Biological Informatics Office <ul><li>Headquartered in Reston, VA </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for biological informatics activities within USGS </li></ul><ul><li>Programs Major focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the management, delivery, and utilization of biological data & information regardless of where, what, and who. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Approximately 60 staff in multiple locations throughout the US </li></ul><ul><li>Considerable work is done through partner grants or cooperative agreements (i.e. content) </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Goal is to maximize the nation’s investment in research and monitoring through improved access to the results of those activities </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of a large, distributed yet interconnected network of people, technologies, standards, data, and organizations that together form a federation </li></ul><ul><li>Provides the enabling infrastructure for making biological data, information, tools and technologies accessible to customers, partners, and others for informed decision-making </li></ul>NBII Description and Overarching Goal
    5. 5. Typical Content <ul><li>Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Data sets </li></ul><ul><li>Information Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific journal articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Species profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monitoring protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Tools and software </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Keys </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Various other Portlets </li></ul>
    6. 6. Integrated View - Public NBII
    7. 7. <ul><li>Data Collection process </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-level vs. Macro-level research </li></ul><ul><li>“ Virtual” collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>UI Challenges for diverse audiences </li></ul><ul><li>“ generalized” vs. “one-off” tools </li></ul><ul><li>Information Integration/scale/search </li></ul><ul><li>Data quality </li></ul><ul><li>Requires multiple disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Global scope </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of tools, applications, databases </li></ul>Community Challenges
    8. 8. What do I mean by Web 2.0 <ul><li>Definitions of Web 2.0 on the Web: </li></ul><ul><li>My Definition (Key concepts): </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization, user interaction, infrastructure, collaboration, services, enabling, involvement, user driven, distributed authorities, multi-device </li></ul><ul><li>Other definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>The second generation of the World Wide Web, especially the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content </li></ul><ul><li>The use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration ... </li></ul>
    9. 9. Need for Web 2.0 tools in science <ul><li>Summary: </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed resources </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-organizational involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizen involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data quality is paramount </li></ul><ul><li>Improved tools needed </li></ul><ul><li>Input to policies, decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Future generations </li></ul><ul><li>Limited resources </li></ul>
    10. 10. Example efforts <ul><li>Data Visualizations via IBM Many Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>My NBII Collaboration areas </li></ul><ul><li>Ecoinformatics thesauri </li></ul><ul><li>NBII SAIN Mashups </li></ul><ul><li>Protected Areas & Specimen widget </li></ul>
    11. 11. Data Visualization Service <ul><li>Needed to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. My NBII Portal (Partner “intranet)
    13. 13. Content Managers Toolkit
    14. 14. Federal Fish Passage Community
    15. 15. Ecoinformatics Thesauri <ul><li>Using Wiki’s, Blogs, etc. to support concept development and maintenance </li></ul>
    16. 16. EEA GEMET Who can use it GEMET display term definitions, translate terms Web services building custom interfaces translators applications that need off-line data browse GEMET on-line Web applications using the API to implement searches, definitions, translations, etc. XML (RDF + SKOS) SOAP (RDF + SKOS) XML/RPC HTTP
    17. 17. EEA GEMET Wiki environment
    18. 18. Results <ul><li>Limited success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users seem to prefer traditional products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SKOS/RDF version very popular </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Still ongoing </li></ul>
    19. 19. NBII SAIN Species Mashups <ul><li>Designed for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-stop-shop for species information in SE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate diverse sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content Type </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UI Presentation </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. RSS – streaming of news, data, conferences, updates, etc. Wildlife Disease, Mid-Atlantic, Butterflies feeds NBII Data feeds
    21. 21. Overall Challenges <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Web 121.x buzz word </li></ul><ul><li>Broad involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring Data quality </li></ul><ul><li>Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise/skill set </li></ul><ul><li>OMB Paperwork Reduction & Privacy Act </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul>
    22. 22. Where are we going? <ul><li>Deployment of new Search tools with web 2.0 features </li></ul><ul><li>Continued growth of My NBII </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridging public and private environments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tool and infrastructure developments </li></ul><ul><li>Broader community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic concepts for species, keywords </li></ul>
    23. 23. Additional References and Contact Information <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Questions / Comments / Advice / Opinions Mike Frame: