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Ecoinformatics is the science of information (Informatics) in Ecology and Environmental science. It integrates environmental and information sciences to define entities and natural processes with language common to both humans and computers. However, this is a rapidly developing area in ecology and there are alternative perspectives on what constitutes ecoinformatics. Informatics includes the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. ... For the journal, see Ecology (journal). ... Environmental science is the study of the interactions among the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment; with a focus on pollution and degradation of the environment related to human activities; and the impact on biodiversity and sustainability from local and global development. ...


A few definitions have been circulating, mostly centered on the creation of tools to access and analyze natural system data. However, the scope and aims of ecoinformatics are certainly broader than the development of pedestrian metadata standards to be used in documenting datasets. Ecoinformatics aims to facilitate environmental research and management by developing ways to access, integrate databases of environmental information, and develop new algorithms enabling different environmental datasets to be combined to test ecological hypotheses. This article is about computing. ...


Ecoinformatics characterize the semantics of natural system knowledge. For this reason, much of today's ecoinformatics research relates to the branch of computer science known as Knowledge representation, and active ecoinformatics projects are developing links to activities such as the Semantic Web. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Knowledge representation is an issue that arises in both cognitive science and artificial intelligence. ... W3Cs Semantic Web logo The Semantic Web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not only in natural language, but also in a format that can be read and used by software agents, thus permitting them to find, share and...


External links

  • Ecoinformatics Collaboratory -- Research links and public wiki for discussion.
  • Canadian Facility for Ecoinformatics Research -- Ecoinformatics at the University of Ottawa, Canada

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Ecoinformatics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (243 words)
Ecoinformatics is the science of information (Informatics) in Ecology and Environmental science.
Ecoinformatics aims to facilitate environmental research and management by developing ways to not only access, but also integrate databases of environmental information and computational services such as predictive models, analytical, and planning tools.
For this reason, much of today's ecoinformatics research relates to the branch of computer science known as Knowledge representation, and active ecoinformatics projects are developing links to activities such as the Semantic Web.
RIT Enivronmental Science Program | Technology: Ecoinformatics and Geographic Information Systems (553 words)
Ecoinformatics is the newly emerging discipline to acquire, integrate, analyze, store, and make accessible diverse ecological information using arrays of new sensor technologies, computer and wireless data networks, biologically-inspired algorithms, other advanced computation methodologies, and database systems for the discovery of new scientific phenomena at multiple scales across systems.
Ecoinformatics: It wasn’t until the microscope was invented that scientists discovered the world of cells and microscopic organisms.
Ecoinformatics uses advanced technologies—weatherproofed sensors, wireless data networks and advanced computation methodologies—to observe animals behaving naturally in the wild and to effectively manage the enormous datasets that result from these technology-based observations.
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