VALA2006 Session 2 Hunter

VALA2006Scientific models – a user-oriented approach to the integration of scientific data and digital libraries

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Digital Repositories
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 10:45 – 11:15
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperJane Hunter

Professorial Research Fellow, Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), University of Queensland
Note: as of 30 June 2006 the DSTC is defunct.

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Many scientific communities are struggling with the challenge of how to manage the terabytes of data they are producing, often on a daily basis. Scientific models are the primary method for representing and encapsulating expert knowledge in many disciplines. Scientific models could also provide a mechanism: for publishing and sharing scientific results; for teaching complex scientific concepts; and for the selective archival, curation and preservation of scientific data. As such, they also provide a bridge for collaboration between Digital Libraries and eScience. In this paper I describe research being undertaken within the FUSION project at the University of Queensland to enable scientists to construct, publish and manage scientific model packages that encapsulate and relate the raw data to its’ associated contextual and provenance metadata, processing steps, derived information and publications. This work involves extending tools and services that have come out of the Digital Libraries domain to support e-Science requirements.