The encyclopedia of southern Appalachian forest ecosystems: A prototype of an online scientific knowledge management system
The Encyclopedia of Southern Appalachian Forest Ecosystems (ESAFE), a hyperdocument-based encyclopedia system available on the Internet, provides an organized synthesis of existing research on the management and ecology of Southern Appalachian forests ecosystems. The encyclopedia is dynamic, so that new or revised content can be submitted directly through the Internet, continually updating, expanding, and improving the knowledge base. Unlike most Internet-based hyperdocuments, quality control of the encyclopedia is ensured through a complete peer review process similar to traditional scientific journals. The encyclopedia has been evaluated by a diverse group of land managers, the general public and ecosystem scientists. The current version, available for viewing at "www.forestencyclopedia.net", represents the first 2 years of a 3-year project funded by the USDA Nationai Research Initiative Program.