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Discover important Internet resources for research data made public individually and collectively by researchers from a variety of entities in the fields of environmental studies and ecology

Online Ecological and Environmental Data explores innovative projects from a diverse array of institutions that have made environmental and ecological research information freely available online. You will find a wealth of Web site listings with URLs and complete descriptions, data field descriptions, controlled vocabulary examples, and Web screen shots that demonstrate how to use a specific site. The book will help you locate the data, procedures, instruments, notes, and other descriptive information that scientists and engineers need for replicating and building on the research of others.

With Online Ecological and Environmental Data, you'll gain a better understanding of:
• the cooperative design, development, and management of interdisciplinary data
• cataloging multidisciplinary environmental data
• data networking
• new developments in information science and technology
• extracting and compiling data
• the convergence and dissemination of information via the Internet This unique resource explores the potential of distributing actual research data on the Web. The information you'll find in this book will enable science and technology librarians to provide effective access to library patrons. Online Ecological and Environmental Data will give librarians and other information specialists—as well as faculty and students in library sciences and technology—cutting-edge knowledge to meet the global data and information needs of the scientific community. The projects described in this book can serve as models for other disciplines, especially for the various aspects of handling data made available online, and for making this data more available and usable on the Internet for researchers and students.

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What People Are Saying

Bryan P. Heidorn
A sample of best practices in the field. . . . VALUABLE for people seeking information in the ecology and environmental fields, and even more valuable for those who are operating or planning to develop online resources. The book's combination of depth and breadth will give readers AN INTEGRATED INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DATA. The chapter on the Center for International Earth Science Network is exceptional.
PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Barton Lessin
A VALUABLE AND INTERESTING collection that is APPROPRIATE TO ANY ACADEMIC SETTING where environmental science is a part of the curriculum. With chapters that focus on management of interdisciplinary data, the NASA Global Change Master Directory, the study of acid rain as a model for use of the National Environmental Data Network, and the National Biological Information Infrastructure, this book will be helpful for librarians and patrons who desire familiarity with specialized resources for environmental research and tools for keeping current with science and technology development.
MA, Assistant Dean, Wayne State University Libraries
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Product Details

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Virginia A. Baldwin)
  • Cooperative Design, Development, and Management of Interdisciplinary Data to Support the Global Environmental Change Research Community (Robert R. Downs and Robert S. Chen)
  • Beyond Bibliography: A Dynamic Approach to the Cataloging of Multidisciplinary Environmental Data for Global Change Research (Gene R. Major)
  • A National Environmental Data Network Revealed Through the Study of Acid Rain (Frederick W. Stoss)
  • Information Science and Technology Developments Within the National Biological Information Infrastructure (Michael T. Frame, Gladys Cotter, Lisa Zolly, and Janice Little)
  • Syracuse Research Corporation’s Chemical Information Databases: Extraction and Compilation of Data Related to Environmental Fate and Exposure (Sarah A. Rosenberg, Amy E. Hueber, Dallas Aronson, Sybil Gouchie, Philip H. Howard, William M. Meylan, and Jay L. Tunkel)
  • Convergence and Dissemination: A Brief History and Description of the StreamNet Project (Lenora A. Oftedahl)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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