As the amount of data
in scientific archives increases, the problem of finding desired
data relevant to a particular purpose becomes more acute. While
there are lots of data, a scientist may not be able to find the
precise data required to support his or her research.
The figure below places the data acquisition problem into a context
based on the knowledge that a user might have of a particular event,
the region of interest and a time period of interest. The middle
path in the figure is the case in which a user is interested in
data relevant to a known event. For this case the data sets can
be mined to extract information on the events or phenomena of interest.
The mining results can then be placed in a database management system
(DBMS) along with a phenomena search system to provide the ability
to search for events of interest.