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BioDivGrid 2008 - Distributed Sensing and Collective Intelligence in Biodiversity Monitoring

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    Eventtype: Conference/Workshop
    Period: 2008-12-03 - 2008-12-05
    Location: CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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  • National research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands (CWI), more, organiser

    Global biodiversity is profoundly affected by both natural and man-made changes. Monitoring the resulting impact on the environment requires gathering and analysing large collection of data. The confluence of three technological trends promises to have a profound influence on this process:

    • Modern sensor and computer technology is furnishing researchers with increasingly sophisticated equipment to set up radio-linked sensor networks, tailor-made for the unsupervised monitoring of large and distributed biotopes.
    • The ubiquity of internet access provides experts with efficient means to tap into the combined contributions and expertise of large crowds of web-connected people, thus creating an enormous pool of resources ready to be harnessed.
    • Last but not least, emerging semantic web technologies are forging standards and tools that facilitate aggregation and analysis of, and access to, heterogeneous web-based databases.

    As a result, it has become feasible to link up sensors, databases, human expertise, and even machine intelligence in large scale monitoring projects. This effectively signals the emergence of a new trend in biodiversity monitoring: the use of pervasive sensing and collective intelligence in distributed networks allowing resources to be shared and reconfigured in a dynamic fashion.

    This three day workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges that result from these new developments. In addition to invited talks on pioneering applications, there will be peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations. Companies specializing in sensor technology will be invited to demonstrate their products. A selection of the presented papers will be published in a special issue (Journal to be announced).

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