Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge
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Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge





is an integrated system of computer hardware and software that includes communication, computation and information elements that supports a range of applications.

is the study of the inherent structure of ecological information in order to create and apply computer technology for its management and analysis. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite large scale ecological research.

Eml or Ecological Metadata Language
is a content standard for documenting ecological data that is implemented using XML schema to define the structure. The basic structure of EML emerged from the work of Michener et al. (1997), in which a set of metadata (information about the data which is pertinent to use the data) descriptors specific to the ecological sciences were developed.


is a generic XML database that allows storage, query, and retrieval of arbitrary XML documents

like html, xml uses a system of coded tags <xxx>.....</xxx> to define the structure of content. Whereas html defines the look and feel of text, xml defines the content.

FYI I converted this page to use the ;term:definition syntanx for definitions. Which if you leave off the term is also handy for indented comments like this.

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