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Building environmental information systems: myths and interdisciplinary lessons
Baker, K.S.; Stocks, K.I. (2007). Building environmental information systems: myths and interdisciplinary lessons, in: Proceedings of the fortieth annual Hawaii international conference on system sciences, Walkoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 3-6 January 2007: abstracts and CD-ROM of full papers. pp. 253b. hdl.handle.net/10.1109/HICSS.2007.117
In: (2007). Proceedings of the fortieth annual Hawaii international conference on system sciences, Walkoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 3-6 January 2007: abstracts and CD-ROM of full papers. IEEE Computer Society: California. ISBN 0-7695-2755-8. , more

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  • Baker, K.S.
  • Stocks, K.I.

Abstract
    With databases and information systems playing an increasing role in large scientific research projects, there is a growing stake in understanding how to design a useful information system and in broadening our understanding of what constitutes the scientific work involved in building these systems. Both experience and theory indicate that non-technical considerations, such as management and communication structures, are as important as technical decisions in system development. We examine four case examples of environmental information system development: the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, the Long Term Ecological Research Network, the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation, and SeamountsOnline. We then draw from a wide interdisciplinary literature, including science and technology studies and social informatics, to identify common myths and misconceptions about system development and consider alternatives. Our goal is both to provide a set of concrete models and a theoretical foundation useful to other projects

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