World Wide Food Webs: Power to Feed Ecologists
During the last decade, the active usage of Public Access to the World Wide Web increased in such a huge way, that an ongoing data paucity would be hard to believe. Already in 1993, Cohen et al. (1993) correctly urged other ecologists to combine themselves for a concrete and necessary improvement of food-web knowledge. However, in a recent lecture, Joel E. Cohen still reported one—according to him—“shocking” paucity of directly observed, appropriately organized, and publicly availablewebs (Cohen et al. 2009). The basis for this claim was a brilliant analysis of three datasets on the abundance and distribution of organisms in aquatic ecosystems. Did, thus, the ecological community react in a different way to the World Wide Web, possibly due to missing ways to capture the semantics of complex ecological data (Madin et al.2007) in comparison to the flexible ontology of bio-medical research?
Ecological datasets with comparable complexity are not very frequent, but have been documented on...
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