• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Making ATBI Information Available to the Public

Whit Farnum

Whit Farnum
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Delivered at 2008 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
Making data easily accessible and understandable is essential for public outreach and education. A database interface written in Mathematica programming language allows customizable navigation of the data from the Boston Harbor Islands All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). It allows the user to combine geographic information, taxonomic data, and images into a single display. The interface can also create plots and graphs of the data. This ability to create and examine customized data sets and calculate real-time data will allow users to explore data in many different ways.

An expanded interface could be used in classrooms to allow student driven exploration of the ATBI program. Curriculum developed using ATBI data and this interface could be used to teach fundamental skills of inquiry and hypothesis testing in the sciences.

Did You Know?

Satellite Imagery of Boston Harbor Seafloor and Islands

Boston Harbor Islands is one of 14 national park that has the word "islands" in the name. Other island parks include Channel Islands in California, Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, Governors Island in New York and Assateague Island in Maryland.