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Integrated science for environmental decision-making: the challenge for biodiversity and ecosystem informatics

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G Cotter ,

Associate Chief Biologist for Information, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 300,Reston, Virginia, USA 20192, US
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M Frame,

NBII Director of Research and Technology, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 300,Reston, Virginia, USA 20192, US
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R Sepic

NBII Information Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302, Reston, Virginia, USA 20192, US
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Abstract

Information concerning biodiversity and ecosystems is critical to a wide range of scientific, educational, and government uses; however, much of this information is not easily accessible. This paper presents the core concepts underlying the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) , a Web-based system coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey that provides data and information on U.S. biological resources and, through a variety of partnerships, biological resources in many other nations. This paper will highlight NBII development, implementation, technological innovation, and successful user applications at two regional nodes: the NBII Southern Appalachian Information Node and the NBII Central Southwest/Gulf Coast Node.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.3.38
How to Cite: Cotter, G., Frame, M. & Sepic, R., (2006). Integrated science for environmental decision-making: the challenge for biodiversity and ecosystem informatics. Data Science Journal. 3, pp.38–59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.3.38
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Published on 05 Jan 2006.
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