Abstract: In this paper, we describe collaborative efforts between a knowledge representation team and a community of scientists and information managers in developing knowledge models for ecology and environmental science. Formal, structured approaches to knowledge representation used by the team (e.g., ontologies) are informed by unstructured approaches to knowledge representation already in use by the community. Observations about the process of interaction between the team and the community are used to generate a set of technical requirements of a supporting system. These requirements are being used to develop a prototype system based on the ThinkCap collaborative knowledge portal toolkit.
D. D. Pennington, J. Madin, F. Villa, I. N. Athanasiadis, Computer-Supported Collaborative Knowledge Modeling in Ecology, Workshop on Social and Collaborative Construction of Structured Knowledge (CKC 2007) at 16th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007), CEUR, vol. 273, 2007.