The Role of Expert and Hypertext Systems in Modeling Root-Shoot Interactions and Carbon Allocation

  • H. Michael Rauscher
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 62)


Access to knowledge and the ability to use it wisely has always been the hallmark of successful individuals, companies and nations. Scientific progress also depends upon accessible and organized knowledge (Bauer, 1992). Over the last 50 years, an increasing number of scientists have called attention to the deteriorating condition of our scientific knowledge infrastructure, i.e., the technical literature that supports scientific progress. Vannevar Bush (1945) was among the first influential scientists to point out that management of scientific knowledge has not essentially changed for more than 200 years. He summarized the situation as follows:

...There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers--conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial....


Expert System Knowledge Management Human Expert Diameter Growth Hybrid Poplar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Michael Rauscher
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  1. 1.USDA Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment StationForestry Sciences LaboratoryGrand RapidsUSA

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