[Coral-List] Urgent need to create portal site for all marine science data, information and research

Melbourne Briscoe Mel at briscoe.com
Tue Sep 11 09:06:26 EDT 2012

You are convinced the problem is that you can't get at all the information. 
The real problem is information inundation....there is too much out there
and most of it is irrelevant and/or crap.
Relevance and credibility indices are critical, but try getting any
consensus on either!
This information problem is relatively new, and no one has solved it. 
But what is clear is that yet another super-portal is not the answer.

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Subject: [Coral-List] Urgent need to create portal site for all marine
science data, information and research

Alarming reports from all over the world are making it necessary to provide
an up-to-date central portal for all issues related to marine ecosystems,
marine sciences and the health of our oceans and its constituents, e.g. very
large marine ecosystems, coral reefs and related coastal and ocean
ecosystems, marine biodiversity, and also in relationship to food
production, climate change and ecosystem services.

A myriad of portals already exist but only all-round generalized issue
researchers can actually find information fast and where it matters.

Right now more than ever a venture our organization we embarked on 5 years
ago is making more sense than ever.

What should such a portal look like? We technically have some pretty good

The idea is to provide rapid access to both open access publications as well
as paid for professional peer- reviewed journals and research reports and
documents from NGOs, research institutes, universities, international
bodies, UN included and educators as well.

And we plan to also provide access to a range of tools, whether they be
online services, cloud computing based tools or downloadable tools.

We are very much interested in setting up a group of interested individuals
in getting the infrastructure off the ground.

A first absolute necessity is to create an "ontology" for all things ocean
and coastal related which allows a tree like search for issues, categories
and themes.

We are open for information, suggestions and references to already existing
ontologies and similar initiatives.

Milton Ponson, President
Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
(Rainbow Warriors International)
Tel. +297 568 5908
PO Box 1154, Oranjestad
Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
Email: southern_caribbean at yahoo.com

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