System Design and Development



Alan J. Thomson
B.Sc. DLSHTM M.Sc. Ph.D

Victoria, BC, Canada

email: ajthomson@AdaptiveKM.com

Systems incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI), Database and Knowledge base technologies, using a range of languages including perl, prolog, Java, javascript, ASP, C++, Fortran. When first developed, the Tree Disease diagnostic system was cited as an example of service transformation within Natural Resources Canada.

Operational online systems:

Diagnostic Expert Systems:
Common Tree Diseases of British Columbia [Français]
Diseases and insects in BC forest seedling nurseries [Français]

Advisory Expert Systems:
Herbicide Advisor (with UK Forestry Commission)

Information Systems:
Forest Pathology Herbarium [Français]

British Columbia Ectomycorrhizal Research Network: [Français]
Manual of Concise Descriptions of North American Ectomycorrhizae
Ectomycorrhizae Descriptions Database
Photoprofiles of Ectomycorrhizae
Matchmaker for Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (MMPNW)

Other:
Catherine Thomson Designs


Selected publications on system design and development:

Thomson, A.J. 2008. Diagnosis of sparse adoption data using an expert system-guided innovation diffusion simulation model. The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 13(3), 2008, article 11

Thomson, A.J. 2008. Google Earth as a tool for participatory 3-D modelling and elicitation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). In: Proc Mountain Forum e-Conference "Mountain GIS e-Conference: Promoting Geographic Information and Earth Observation Applications for the Sustainable Development of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region", 14-25 January, 2008.

Thomson, A.J. 2007. How should we manage Knowledge Ecosystems? Using Adaptive Knowledge Management! Chapter 27 in: Reynolds, K., Thomson, A., Köhl, M., Shannon, S., Ray, D., and Rennolls, K. (eds.) 2007. Sustainable Forestry: From Monitoring and Modelling to Knowledge Management and Policy Science. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK: 461-479.

Thomson, A.J., H.M Rauscher, D.L. Schmoldt and H. Vacik. 2007. Information and Knowledge Management for Sustainable Forestry. Chapter 22 in: Reynolds, K., Thomson, A., Köhl, M., Shannon, S., Ray, D., and Rennolls, K. (eds.) 2007. Sustainable Forestry: From Monitoring and Modelling to Knowledge Management and Policy Science. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK: 374 - 392

Thomson, A.J., B. Callan and J. Dennis. 2007. A knowledge ecosystem perspective on development of web-based technologies in support of sustainable forestry. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 59: 39-55.

Thomson, A.J., and W. Cocksedge. 2006. Salal (Gaultheria shallon) harvest: a plant architecture model. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 54: 84-92.

Thomson, A.J. 2006. Adaptive Management of Knowledge Ecosystems. In: Proc Conf. "Sustainable forestry in theory and practice: recent advances in inventory and monitoring, statistics and modelling, information and knowledge management and policy science." University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. 5th - 8th April 2005. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-688. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. [CD-ROM]

Thomson, A. and Colfer, C. 2005. ICT and Social Issues. Pages 172 - 196 In: L. Hetemaki and S. Nilsson (eds.), Information Technology and the Forest Sector.IUFRO World Series Volume 18. Vienna, Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations. 235 pp. (http://www.metla.fi/julkaisut/muut/ICT-forest-sector-2005.pdf)

Innes, T., Green, C. and Thomson, A. 2005. Surprising Futures. Pages 24-48 In: L. Hetemaki and S. Nilsson (eds.), Information Technology and the Forest Sector. IUFRO World Series Volume 18. Vienna, Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations. 235 pp.

Thomson, A.J. 2005. Indicator-based knowledge management for participatory decision-making. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 49: 206-218.

Thomson, A.J. 2005. Editorial: Information Interoperability And Organization For National And Global Forest Information Systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 47(3): 163-165.

Thomson, A., M. Haggith and R. Prabhu. 2004. Innovation diffusion: predicting success of system development. Proc. 15th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems, Zaragoza, Spain, 30 Aug-3 Sept 2004: 627-631. IEEE Computer Society.

Thomson, A.J., and I. Willoughby. 2004. A web-based expert system for advising on herbicide use in Great Britain. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 42: 43-49.

Willoughby, I., and A. Thomson. 2004. Expert help on herbicide selection. Forestry and British Timber, 33 (2): 30.

Haggith, M., R. Prabhu, C.J.P. Colfer, B. Ritchie, A. Thomson and H. Mudavanhu. 2003. Infectious Ideas: Modelling the Diffusion of Ideas across Social Networks. Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy, 2(2): 225-239.

Thomson, A.J., and D. Schmoldt. 2001. Ethics in computer software system design and development. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 30: 85-102.

Glover, S., A. Thomson, D. Mills and J. Adsett. 2000. Marketing forestry research and information on the web: the Canadian Forest Service on-line bookstore. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forestry Service, Pacific Forestry Centre. Technology Transfer Note No. 21

Thomson, A.J. 2000. Elicitation and representation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, for use in forest management. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 27: 155-165.

Thomson, A.J. 2000. Knowledge elicitation tools for use in a virtual Adaptive Environmental Management workshop. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 27: 57-70.

Rauscher, H.M., Plant, R.E., Thomson, A.J., Twery, M.J., 2000. The application of scientific knowledge to decision-making in managing forest ecosystems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 27 (1-3) 1-6.

Thomson, A.J., and A. Mitchell. 1999. Collaborative knowledge management for long-term research sites. Forestry Chronicle 75(3): 491-496.

Thomson, A.J. 1997. Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Ethics. AI Applications. 11 (1): 69-73.

Thomson, A.J., D.G. Goodenough, R. Archibald, D. Morgan, B. Adams, D. Hawkins, and D. Say. 1996. Landscape management and biodiversity: automating the design of Forest Ecosystem Networks. AI Applications 10(3): 57-65.

Thomson, A.J. 1996. Asimov's psychohistory: vision of the future or present reality? AI Applications 10 (3): 1-8.

Thomson, A.J. 1995. The object-oriented blowfly: a study in computational neuroethology. AI Applications 9 (2): 15-25.

Thomson, A.J., and C. Sivertson. 1994. Video knowledge bases and computer-assisted video production: a forestry example. AI Applications 8 (1): 29-39.

Thomson, A.J. 1993. Paradigm Green: AI approaches to evaluating the economic consequences of changing environmental viewpoints. AI Applications 7(4): 61 - 68.

Thomson, A.J., and C.M.A. Taylor. 1990. An expert system for diagnosis and treatment of nutrient deficiencies of Sitka spruce in Great Britain. AI Applications in Natural Resource Management 4: 44-52.

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