Explorative analysis of heterogeneous, unstructured, and uncertain data: A computer science perspective on biodiversity research.



  • C. Beckstein
  • S. Böcker
  • M. Bogdan
  • H. Bruelheide
  • H. M. Bücker
  • J. Denzler
  • P. Dittrich
  • I. Grosse
  • A. Hinneburg
  • B. König-Ries
  • F. Löffler
  • M. Marz
  • M. Müller-Hannemann
  • M. Winter
  • W. Zimmermann


We outline a blueprint for the development of new computer science approaches for the management and analysis of big data problems for biodiversity science. Such problems are characterized by a combination of different data sources each of which owns at least one of the typical characteristics of big data (volume, variety, velocity, or veracity). For these problems, we envision a solution that covers different aspects of integrating data sources and algorithms for their analysis on one of the following three layers: At the data layer, there are various data archives of heterogeneous, unstructured, and uncertain data. At the functional layer, the data are analyzed for each archive individually. At the metalayer, multiple functional archives are combined for complex analysis.