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Landcare Research (LCR
) and GNS Science (GNS
) hold a significant proportion of NZ's Environmental and Geological data - 15 of the 25 MoRST
-designated National Significant Databases
. Most of these data are either explicitly spatially referenced or referenced to a concept that has spatial expression. This project will establish project nodes on the KAREN
network with best-practice software for managing and analyzing such data. The following toolsets have been identified as prime candidates for these project nodes:
- GEON or SEEGrid for managing and delivering Geospatial data
- CHRONOS for integrating geoscience databases and tools for Earth History research
- SEEK, the Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge, for integrating ecological and environmental databases and analytical workflow tools.
SEEK and CHRONOS are building subject domain-specific capabilities based on GEON's infrastructure and architecture for access to distributed federated data resources.
GNS has made contact with CHRONOS and plans to collaborate with them to share data from our Fossil Record File database (particularly fossil distribution and geological timescale datasets) as part of an existing FRST programme. This proposal would enable more detailed datasets to be made available and improve the efficiency of the linkage with the other CHRONOS partners.
LCR has connections with the SEEK community, which will be strengthened by this project. Jerry Cooper, Science Leader Informatics, LCR, and his team are involved in developing international biodiversity data exchange standards to facilitate semantic interoperability networks.
LTER data analysis at national and international scales plays an increasing role in carbon accounting and climate change research.
Currently missing from SEEK environment is any access to or analysis of soils information and knowledge. LCR and GNS are ideally placed to close the gap between the living environment, the soils, and the underlying geology. This will be the subject of research in FRST SpInfo
2007-13 proposal. This proposal will establish GEON infrastructure populated with NZ data.
- 16 August 2007
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