Jalama Overview

This is the Jalama Project, an open source effort to build flexible and customizable user interfaces for the ecological community. The Jalama Project is a sub-project of ecoinformatics.org and is hosted at the ecoinformatics site.

The Jalama project is designed to create a flexible, easy-to-use system for developing metadata and data entry forms for use in lab and field environments for ecology. The system uses a metadata-driven approach to form generation, and software products from the project will target both desktop and handheld computer. These applications will simultaneously enable researchers to provide critical structured metadata in order for their work to participate in a distributed Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity .

The Jalama Project (pronounced "hah-LAH-mah") is managed through the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is a collaboration between the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). However, products resulting from this project are released as open source, and further collaborations and contributions are welcome.

Check the above links for software downloads, documentation, discussion lists, and project management information.