We are using open-source software to support biodiversity decision making through a modular approach
A modular approach provides flexibility for the creation of processing workflows that can be customized for the needs of broader communities including researchers and environmental authorities. The modules are adaptable to graphical interfaces without the need to update the code every time new classes are developed.
The modules of the Decision Support System (DSS) are being developed in two Tiers for users with different levels of expertise and needs:
Tier I: We have created a prototype interface that is adaptable to different front-ends and infrastructures. This new front-end prototype will dramatically simplify the implementation of the system by end-users. The front-end prototype will help us to find challenges and pitfalls to implementing Biotablero --the system infrastructure of von Humboldt institute, our host in Colombia-- in activities of biodiversity decision making and management. The front-end prototype will also provide information to improve procedures for benchmarking and stress testing of the system.
Tier 2: is being developed for users with basic or advanced familiarity with computer coding and ecological or Earth science applications. Modules for this Tier have derived into two prototype versions of R packages: the ecochange and rasterMapR packages.