including those required by programs, such as the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research, to facilitate across-system comparisons. There is an additional need for a repository and data management system for ecosystem-level research that will allow access to data through multiple-user portals. A comprehensive spatial database of fishing effort, harvest, and other relevant factors could be established, integrating new information management technologies.
Development of an information technology infrastructure that would provide a highly functional platform for scientific endeavors requires meeting challenges in a number of areas: data discovery, access, evaluation, and integration. Other desirable elements include a framework for modeling that provides repositories and documentation for models and model output, frameworks for designing and executing complex workflows, and advanced analysis and visualization tools. Furthermore, the technologic capabilities for ecosystem modeling will be quite intensive. The necessary data management and technology infrastructure should be an essential component of model analysis and scenario generation.