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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).