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Building highways in the informatics landscape

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Building highways in the informatics landscape

  1. 1. BUILDING HIGHWAYS IN THE INFORMATICS LANDSCAPE Ed Baker 10.6084/m9.figshare.749699
  2. 2. We need to move from this…
  3. 3. …to this
  4. 4. HOW?
  5. 5. All of these systems: • Have different data models • Are written in different programming languages • Are mutually incompatible
  6. 6. How do we make these systems talk? Requirements
  7. 7. How do we make these systems talk? Requirements Each pair can define a way of communicating with each other
  8. 8. How do we make these systems talk? Requirements
  9. 9. How do we make these systems talk? Requirements
  10. 10. We need a lingua franca of biodiversity informatics Requirements
  11. 11. We need a lingua franca of biodiversity informatics Requirements Any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
  12. 12. Requirements Common Intermediary
  13. 13. Easily understood • People • Machines Easy to share • Using existing technology and infrastructure Requirements
  14. 14. Easily understood • People • Machines Easy to share • Using existing technology and infrastructure Can read in Excel Requirements
  15. 15. Easily understood • People • Machines Easy to share • Using existing technology and infrastructure Can read in Excel Everything precisely defined Requirements
  16. 16. Easily understood • People • Machines Easy to share • Using existing technology and infrastructure Can read in Excel Everything precisely defined Standard formats: csv, zip Standard delivery: via the web Requirements
  17. 17. Core File (classification)
  18. 18. Core File (classification) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments
  19. 19. Core File (classification) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments
  20. 20. Core File (classification) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments STAR SCHEMA
  21. 21. Core File (classificati on) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments Meta.xml
  22. 22. Core File (classificati on) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments Meta.xml What is each file? What does each column in a file contain?
  23. 23. Core File (classificati on) Images Literature Specimens Taxonomic treatments Meta.xml dwca.zip
  24. 24. dwca.zip
  25. 25. dwca.zip
  26. 26. dwca.zip
  27. 27. WHAT’S THE BENEFIT?
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  30. 30. dwca.zipdwca.zip dwca.zip dwca.zip dwca.zip dwca.zip ?
  31. 31. These images came from the Scratchpad
  32. 32. These images came from the Scratchpad So did this description
  33. 33. This map didn’t
  34. 34. Aggregators allow us to… • provide a single user interface to many different systems. • search easily across multiple datasets simultaneously (and combine results).
  35. 35. You can also share data with …
  36. 36. You can also share data with … ANY OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THE STANDARD

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