Rajendra Bose


Rajendra “Raj” Bose

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Edinburgh and Bren Alum

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Bren Hall 1424 12:30 to 1:30 pm

“Geospatial Data Curation: Keeping the

(geo)Scientific Record Intact”


Understanding historical maps, such as a 350-year old depiction of a European city landscape, is straightforward compared to the potential problems of deciphering today's more transient digital data. The geospatial data collections created by environmental scientists and managers (like the geographic information system (GIS) layers and image files generated by Bren School group projects) need active and ongoing management, or "curation," to ensure that others will be able to access and comprehend them three months, three years, or even three centuries from now.  When GIS — and the database engines that drive them — are designed to provide such advanced services as citation, annotation, archiving, and provenance-tracking, which researchers are asking for, the geoscientific record has a chance of remaining intact in the digital era. This talk provides an introduction to geospatial data curation by discussing current research into the above topics taking place in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Hosted by James Frew