Our information and
data management approach is centered around an adaptation of the Human Ecosystem Framework
(Machlis, Force, and Burch), called the Human Ecological System (HES). The HES (below) interface serves as a strucuture by which we will
integrate, or "hang", Baltimore Ecosystem Study data in a meaningful way.
Although users will be able to access BES data via traditional lists and search engines,
our hope is that the HES will stand as our primary mechanism of data transfer thereby
solidifying the notion that urban ecology requires a systems approach and when integrated,
these data will yield a more meaningful and accurate characterization of the Gywnns Falls
Watershed and the ecology of the Baltimore Metropolitan Region.