BISC: Nov 14, BISC Seminar

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    DUST-2: Towards a more efficient (interactive) documentation and
    validation of scientific information

    BISC Seminar

    Prof. Dr. Gerd K. Hartmann
    Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie
    Germany
    Nov 14, 2001
    405 Soda Hall
    5:00-6:30pm

    Abstract:

    The exponential growth of geophysical information must lead inevitably to a
    better access to geophysical information
    for science and education, especially if the resources shrink and the
    cost-efficiency ratio needs to be improved. That a
    better access means essentially more than just faster and more information is
    demonstrated by the DUST-2 CD-ROM
    (Data Utilization Software Tools). As a result of an international MPAe research
    project (FKZ.: 50 EE 98038) this
    CD-ROM has been published in September 2000 under ISBN 3-9804862-3-0. It was
    conceived predominantly for
    scientific technical purposes and can be regarded as a continuation of the work
    which was started in 1985 at MPAe to
    edit a Landolt-Boernstein data handbook "The Upper Atmosphere".
    The DUST-2 CD is an example for an interactive, flexible interface, although a
    first step - matching several different
    non uniformly formatted data sources. Furthermore it provides graphical methods
    of qualified information retrieval. In
    this context major problems of information ordering and retrieval and some
    aspects of thesaurus research have been
    investigated together with colleagues from the university Magdeburg. The recent
    progress will be discussed.
    The DUST-2 CD provides a synergetic combination of selected information of the
    Earth's atmosphere, texts and relevant
    numerical data for the topics ozone and water vapour. The software tools can be
    applied in principle to any data base.
    The ADLATUS concept the continuation of the DUST-2 - still in the planning and
    fundraising phase - supplements the
    DUST -2 concept and puts special emphasis on educational aspects. For more
    information see also:
    http://www.linmpi.mpg.de/english/projekte/mas

    Biography:
    Gerd Karlheinz Hartmann, Germany, studied physics from 1957 to 1964 at the
    Georg-August-University in Goettingen,
    where he received his PhD. in 1967. Since 1965 he has worked as a scientist at
    the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie,
    D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau.
    >From 1975 to 1978 he was the provisional director of the Institute for Long-term
    Control of Geophysical Environmental
    Conditions (ILKGU). He is the Principal Investigator of the Millimeter Wave
    Atmospheric Sounder (MAS) experiment,
    which as a joint enterprise of Germany, Switzerland, and the USA has been flown
    as core payload of the NASA ATLAS
    (Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science) Space Shuttle Missions
    (see
    http://www.linmpi.mpg.de/english/projekte/masnew).
    Since 1980 he is consultant for information problems of the Institute of
    Intercultural Cooperation/Intercultural Research"
    (ICC/IIR: Heidelberg/Zuerich/Pernegg). In December 1991 he received the Dr. Luis
    Federico Leloir Award for
    international cooperation with Argentina in the domain of environmental
    research. 1991 he became full professor at the
    engineering faculty of University of Mendoza, Argentina, for "remote sensing for
    a conserving utilization of the
    environment" (sustainable development) and also external scientific director of
    the institute for environmental studies
    (IEMA).
    Since 1995 he has worked on the "value added validation" of remote sensing data
    from the Earth's atmosphere resulting
    in the "DUST-2 CD ROM" and in the "MAS/GRAS follow-on proposal". Since 2001 he
    continues - as a pensioner - the
    DUST-2 activities, and the activities that have been started in Mendoza (see
    http://www.sure-tec.com).
    Since 2001 he works also as honorable consultant for science and technology for
    the German-Islamic Institute for
    Scientific and Cultural co-operation e.V., Celle Germany, (e-mail:
    Info@dii-edu.de).
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