Item: Information unity for the avalanche community: xml, databases and whiz-bang applications
Title: Information unity for the avalanche community: xml, databases and whiz-bang applications
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 International Snow Science Workshop, October 1-6, Big Sky, Montana
Authors: Faerthen Felix, Utah Avalanche Center, Moab, Jeff Brown, Utah Avalanche Center, Salt Lake City, American Association of Avalanche Professionals (AAAP)
Abstract: As the Internet and Information Technology (IT) expands, the avalanche community has an opportunity to work together for better data management and to develop new information products for both internal and public use. Avalanche.org currently collects and archives avalanche-related data. Several projects being developed by the US Forest Service National Avalanche Center (NAC), individual US avalanche center programs, ski resorts and other individuals require an expansion of this existing resource to avoid fragmentation and duplication of effort. We feel it is wise for the avalanche community to adopt a standard data-collection system in cooperation with avalanche.org to support database and document management projects currently under development, as well as in anticipation of unforeseen future applications. This system could also ease the information management burden at the local level. With input from many avalanche professionals and application developers, the NAC, avalanche.org and the Salt Lake and Moab offices of the Utah Avalanche Center have developed an expanded database, an XML outline and a web-based input system to submit to the avalanche community as a starting point. We have highlighted several developing projects that use this expanded database and provide tangible, immediate benefits to participation. We also suggest the next steps toward a better input system and a complete snow and avalanche data set.
Keywords: data, database, internet, information, management, xml
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