Ecological Data: Design, Management and Processing
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
This book addresses these issues, providing a much needed
resource for those involved in designing and implementing
ecological research, as well as students who are entering the
environmental sciences. Chapters focus on the design of ecological
studies, data management principles, scientific databases, data
quality assurance, data documentation, archiving ecological data
and information and processing data into information and knowledge.
The book stops short of a detailed treatment of data analysis, but
does provide pointers to the relevant literature in graphics,
statistics and knowledge discovery. The central thesis of the book
is that high quality data management systems are critical for
addressing future environmental challenges. This requires a new
approach to how we conduct ecological research, that views data as
a resource and promotes stewardship, recycling and sharing of
Ecological Data will be particularly useful to those ecologists and information specialists that actively design, manage and analyze environmental databases. However, it will also benefit a wider audience of scientists and students in the ecological and environmental sciences.
2. Data Management Principles, Implementation.
3. Scientific Databases.
4. Data Quality Assurance.
6. Archiving Ecological Data and Information.
7. Transforming Data into Information and Knowledge.
8. Ecological Knowledge and Future Data Challenges