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Biodiversity World: a problem-solving environment for analysing biodiversity patterns

Pahwa, Jaspreet Singh, Brewer, P., Sutton, T., Yesson, C., Burgess, M., Xu, X., Jones, Andrew Clifford, White, Richard John, Gray, William Alexander, Fiddian, Nicholas John, Bisby, R. A., Culham, A., Caithness, N., Scoble, N., Williams, P. and Bhagwat, S. 2006. Biodiversity World: a problem-solving environment for analysing biodiversity patterns. Presented at: Sixth International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid ( CCGrid 06), Singapore, 16-19 May 2006. Published in: Turner, Stephen John, Lee, Bu Sung and Cai, Wientong eds. Sixth IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (Ccgrid 2006) Proceedings. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE, 10.1109/CCGRID.2006.23

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In the Biodiversity World (BDW) project we have created a flexible and extensible Web services-based grid environment for biodiversity researchers to solve problems in biodiversity and analyse biodiversity patterns. In this environment, heterogeneous and globally distributed biodiversity-related resources such as data sets and analytical tools are made available to be accessed and assembled by users into workflows to perform complex scientific experiments. One such experiment is bioclimatic modelling of the geographical distribution of individual species using climate variables in order to predict past and future climate-related changes in species distribution. Data sources and analytical tools required for such analysis of species distribution are widely dispersed, available on heterogeneous platforms, present data in different formats and lack interoperability. The BDW system brings all these disparate units together so that the user can combine tools with little thought as to their availability, data formats and interoperability. We describe the architecture of the BDW problem solving environment (PSE) consisting of a number of components providing uniform access to heterogeneous resources and analytical tools. Architectural components of the BDW system include a workflow management tool, resource wrappers, a communications layer, BDW datatypes and a metadata repository.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: BDW datatypes, Biodiversity World, Web services-based grid environment, bioclimatic modelling, biodiversity pattern analysis, communications layer, interoperability, metadata repository, problem-solving environment, resource wrapper, species distribution, workflow management
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 9780769525853
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Last Modified: 10 Sep 2022 08:16

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