Neil Caithness

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There is a concerted global effort to digitize biodiversity occurrence data from herbarium and museum collections that together offer an unparalleled archive of life on Earth over the past few centuries. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility provides the largest single gateway to these data. Since 2004 it has provided a single point of access to(More)
In the BiodiversityWorld project we are building a GRID to support scientific biodiversity-related research. The requirements associated with such a GRID are somewhat different from other GRIDs, and this has influenced the architecture that we have developed. In this paper we outline these requirements, most notably the need to interoperate over a diverse(More)
In this paper we discuss the BiodiversityWorld project, concentrating particularly upon the architecture that we are adopting in order to achieve our aims. BiodiversityWorld is an e-Science project, in which we are seeking to make heterogeneous data sources and analytic tools of relevance to biodiversity available in a GRID setting. We are developing a(More)
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(More)
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(More)
The NIST definition of cloud computing has been accepted by the majority of the community as the best available description to fully capture the variety of factors which determine how different stakeholders create, use or interact with cloud computing. With the breadth of the cloud computing landscape there is a need being expressed from within different(More)
In the Biodiversity World project, our goal is to create a flexible and extensible Grid environment in which heterogeneous distributed biodiversity-related data sets and analytical tools are made available to be located and assembled by users unfamiliar with the Grid into workflows to perform complex scientific analyses. We have previously defined and(More)
The local ecological footprinting tool (LEFT) uses globally available databases, modeling, and algorithms to, remotely assess locally important ecological features across landscapes based on five criteria: biodiversity (beta-diversity), vulnerability (threatened species), fragmentation, connectivity, and resilience. This approach can be applied to(More)
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