Matt Jones explains the grid computing concept and describes a major new grid computing initiative for ecologists; Bill Michener fleshes out the context of that initiative with a sketch of SEEK, a wide-reaching grant for information technology in ecology. Peter Arzberger and others give us an insider’s look at an international grid computing effort for environmental science. Chad Berkley and Peter McCartney bring us up to date on the latest tools for doing ecology “on the grid”. Then, Matt Jones is back to unveil the long-awaited release of EML 2.0, and David Blankman gives us a candid introduction to the world of data modeling.
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Table of Contents
|About this Issue||2|
|SEEK EcoGrid: integrating data and computational resources for ecology||Matthew B. Jones||2|
|Building SEEK: the Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge||William K. Michener||5|
|PRAGMA: The Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly||Peter Arzberger, Tony Fountain, Philip Papadoupoulos||6|
|Monarch: metadata-driven analytical processing||Chad Berkley||8|
|SEINet: metadata-driven analytical processing||Peter McCartney||15|
|A brief overview of Ecological Metadata language||Matthew B. Jones||19|
|Information modeling: concepts, tools, & techniques||David Blankman||24|
|A whirlwind tour of collaborative practice||Karen Baker and Helena Karasti||29|
|International LTER workshop prioritizes information management||Tim Bergsma||30|
|Information Ecology||Karen Baker||31|
|The Invisible Present||Karen Baker||31|