Geoinformatics: Transforming data to knowledge for geosciences
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An integrative view of Earth as a system, based on multi-disciplinary data, has become one of the most compelling reasons for research and education in the geosciences. It is now necessary to establish a modern infrastructure that can support the transformation of data to knowledge. Such an information infrastructure for geosciences is contained within the emerging science of geoinformatics, which seeks to promote the utilization and integration of complex, multidisciplinary data in seeking solutions to geoscience-based societal challenges.
*Adjunct, Dept. of Geological Sciences, San Diego State Univ., San Diego, California 92182, USA
**Now at Nuclear Regulatory Commission, One White Flint North, Rockville, Maryland 20852, USA
Manuscript received 3 Nov. 2009; accepted 13 Apr. 2010