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Presentation summarizes my work at the Kansas Biological Survey to construct a cyberinfrastructure in support of ecological forecasting. The goal was to identify, organize, metadata, and publish ...

Presentation summarizes my work at the Kansas Biological Survey to construct a cyberinfrastructure in support of ecological forecasting. The goal was to identify, organize, metadata, and publish databases available at the KBS. The system uses a hybrid stack built around ESRI ArcGIS Server and the metadata catalog GeoNetwork.

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  • 1. Constructing a first-generation cyberinfrastructure to support ecological forecasting Understanding and Forecasting Ecological Change: 3rd Annual Symposium February 20, 2009 Joshua S. Campbell
  • 2. 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 
  • 3. 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 
  • 4. Motivation Unrealized Value  Network Effects  NSF’s vision of Cyberinfrastructure  Sharing is the new research paradigm 
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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 
  • 7. How will users interact with the data?
  • 8. 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 
  • 9. Data Organization Application s Web Services Dataset s
  • 10. System Design 3 Components  ArcGIS Server  GeoNetwork  KARS website redesign  Redundant and Discoverable 
  • 11. Demos KSR Web Map  GeoNetwork  Interactive Map  Data Download  Google Earth  ArcGIS REST Services 
  • 12. Web application is ‘consuming’ two web services
  • 13. Hyperlink provides direct access to the GeoNetwork metadata catalog Each web service is built from individual datasets
  • 14. GeoNetwork provides search capabilities based on: keyword geographic location KBS division type of data
  • 15. A built-in interactive map viewer allows data to be visualized and queried prior to download
  • 16. Data can be downloaded in a number of formats, including shapefile, KML, WMS and REST
  • 17. Provides direct access to the ESRI REST services page
  • 18. HTML representation of all services running on the server
  • 19. REST services can be viewed in a number of clients
  • 20. Google can find and index both attributes and geography
  • 21. 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.
  • 22. Next steps Increase functionality of the system  Add more datasets  Create ‘geoprocessing’ web services  Increase users  New dynamic-HTML website 
  • 23. 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 
  • 24. Questions…? KBS system is still in beta  System is expected to be operational this summer  Email  jsc1@ku.edu 