Aug 082011
 

My apologies to the Duke of Wellington for mutating his often quoted call to a jilted mistress about his intimate letters, but the sentiments in the original statement do suggest the power of the publication process to give information a life of its own.  If geospatial data were published in a similar way to research […]

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Aug 032011
 

I guess that anyone reading this  will already know that Shibboleth is an open source federated user authentication infrastructure that allows control of user sign-on between or within an organisation/s.  I had a vague memory from childhood Sunday School classes that there was an older meaning to the word apart from the Times crossword type definition of […]

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Aug 012011
 

I have been reading and  thinking about the relationship between long term spatial data preservation and the short term needs of day-to-day data security during the life of a research project. With research data being generated at faster and faster rates and the life cycles of supporting technologies getting shorter data preservation is destined to be a […]

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Jul 262011
 

Just a brief update on the progress of the project here at Aberystwyth.  We now have Lucile Lemaire visiting from France with her experience in vegetation surveying and she is hard at work recording data from randomly selected areas of the Dyfi Biosphere. This is time consuming work and made especially difficult as she is using […]

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Jul 202011
 

Alisdair is a PhD case study for the IGIBS project. He is 8 months into a PhD that is developing a tool to interpret almost ant kind of imagery into part of a time line for mapping habitat change.  You can view his university profile here.  He says that the key descriptors for this work are […]

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Jul 182011
 

Today we  had a Meeting with Mike Bailey, the Countryside Council For Wales (CCW) manager of the 2,300 Hectare Dyfi National Nature Reserve (NNR) that sits in the Western end of the Dyfi catchment. This NNR has areas of raised bog, sand dune and estuary within its boarders. Of particular interest for many of the […]

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Jul 152011
 

As you know from previous blog entries the Dyfi Virtual Observatory (DVO) is a similar project to IGIBS and is also based at  Aberystwyth.  I had a meeting with Nicola from the DVO yesterday and we agreed to help each other out with  data sets where possible.  I thought it would be good to give a […]

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Jul 132011
 

A quick hello from your newest member (Steve Walsh) I now have my feet under the desk at Aberystwyth and look forward to working with you all. I will try and keep up regular blogs on developments…. I had a meeting with Jonathan Brownett yesterday and got some very useful insights into the use of […]