Presentation on theme: "The use of large data sets and information systems in nowadays vegetation research Joop Schaminée & Stephan Hennekens Brest, 4 November 2010, Colloque."— Presentation transcript:
The use of large data sets and information systems in nowadays vegetation research Joop Schaminée & Stephan Hennekens Brest, 4 November 2010, Colloque international Centenaire de la Phytosociologie
The history of vegetation data 1915 Oldest relevés according to Braun-Blanquet 1992 First version of Turboveg (DOS-version) 1994 First questionnaire on overview of European vegetation data 1996 Turboveg for Windows 2008 Preslia: overview of European vegetation data 2010 Global Index of Vegetation-plot Databases (GIVD)
Content of presentation National vegetation databases Scientific research Information systems
Biological information systems are Data base driven Operational on different levels Incorporating a GIS platform Acting as electronic encyclopedia Generating new information by combining data sets Important for nature planning and policy making
Conclusion The eco-informatics approach opens fascinating and new ways in vegetation research by integrating large databases on different biological levels (species, plant communities, landscape) and by using a GIS platform for the vizualisation of spatial information. The new perspectives can be reached optimal by an open and free exchange of data, in other words by data-sharing and collaboration.