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Gary M. Olson, Ann Zimmerman, and Nathan Bos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262151207

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262151207.001.0001

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Ecology Transformed: The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Changing Patterns of Ecological Research

Ecology Transformed: The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Changing Patterns of Ecological Research

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(p.277) 15 Ecology Transformed: The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Changing Patterns of Ecological Research
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Scientific Collaboration on the Internet
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Edward J. Hackett

John N. Parker

David Conz

Diana Rhoten

Andrew Parker

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262151207.003.0016

This chapter describes how the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Systems (NCEAS) originated, and analyses the network patterns and social processes involved in research projects undertaken at the centre. It finds that the NCEAS has successfully adapted to changes in the culture and techniques involved in ecological research. NCEAS staff primarily focuses on providing technical support of computers and analytic software to researchers without directly engaging in scientific research projects. The NCEAS was primarily established as an organization intended to adapt to the changes occurring within the environment. It has emerged as the prime destination for scientists and environmental decision makers from different disciplines and institutions to gather, interact with each other, and apply analytical and modeling tools to data sets sourced from different sites.

Keywords:   network patterns, ecological research, software, modeling tools, data sets

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