“Light” biodiversity database details?
By "central" I mean data and applications for Smokies ATBI ultimately residing on servers in Fort Collins –
By "costly" really I fear anything "enterprise grade" with Microsoft or ESRI software could pose a potential cost barrier to data management efforts outside the NPS’ IT ecosystem.
There was a presentation given at the 2014 ATBI conference, "Microsoft Enterprise and ArcGIS Technologies to Support Data Discovery and Management of GSMNP Biological Data Collections" by David White that worried me concerning reproducibility of the Smokies ATBI data management strategy at other sites – it was heavy on ArcGIS and Microsoft products:
"Clemson University is working with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to
support the migration of the park’s biological database to an enterprise
Geographic Information System (GIS). The objectives of this project are to
develop a web-based mapping tool to support data discovery, visualization and
data download. In addition, the project requires the capability to support data
entry and editing. These efforts have focused on the migration of the ATBI
Microsoft Access data model into a relational database model. To achieve this,
GSMNP staff and partners developed a relational database model that runs as a
Microsoft SQL Server application, and is integrated with ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop
and ArcGIS Server technologies. We will discuss the status of the project and
present our efforts to enable web-based tools and enterprise technologies for
the GSMNP biological data collections."
Thanks for the details on the "light" db… for now I’m hoping to avoid Access if I can.