A framework for ecological decision support systems: Building the right systems and building the systems right

Information and Technology Report 2001-0002
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Abstract

Workshops in the late 1990's launched the commitment of the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division (BRD) to develop and implement decision support systems (DSS) applications. One of the primary goals of this framework document is to provide sufficient background and information for Department of the Interior (DOI) bureau stakeholders and other clients to determine the potential for DSS development. Such an understanding can assist them in carrying out effective land planning and management practices. This document provides a definition of DSS and its characteristics and capabilities. It proceeds to describe issues related to meeting resource managers needs, such as the needs for specific applications, customer requirements, information and technology transfer, user support, and institutionalization. Using the decision process as a means to guide DSS development and determine users needs is also discussed. We conclude with information on method to evaluate DSS development efforts and recommended procedures for verification and validation. 

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title A framework for ecological decision support systems: Building the right systems and building the systems right
Series title Information and Technology Report
Series number 2001-0002
DOI 10.3133/70159771
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher United States Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description iii, 50 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N