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Project ID: 03-4-1-02

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 03/16/2006

Title: An Expert System and New Web Interface for Tools on the Fire Research and Management Exchange System

Project Proposal Abstract: Throughout history, bold ideas would have faded and disappeared without the tools and technology transfer necessary to help advance them. Today, a variety of tools are critical to wildland fire and fuels management They range from the Pulaski to the latest fire behavior model. These tools, many of them increasingly available via the Internet, are heavily used by wildland fire researchers, managers, policymakers, and the public. However, these tools are of no use if they are unknown or inaccessible to those who need them when they need them. Tool users need a "one-stop" source of objective information to compare, evaluate and obtain tools. Tool developers need an eBay-like marketplace where their products can be viewed and delivered to users. For wildland fire and fuels management to progress, tool users and providers need a system of collaboration so that old tools can be improved and new tools can be created. The Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) website,, is dedicated to helping provide and improve the availability and quality of electronic tools and related information that serves the wildland fire community and other concerned and interested parties nationwide. In January of 2003, FRAMES will assume the responsibility of managing Fire Management Tools Online (FMTO), the premier website for delivering electronic tools to the wildland fire community. The FRAMES Tools Project is currently underway to construct a new database architecture and web interface to substantially update and expand the current FMTO website. With matching funds, we will create the FRAMES Tools Database, redesign and improve the search engine for the database, and substantially increase the number of tools and the availability to download them. We request funds from the JFSP to: (1) conduct a workshop with tool users and providers, the information gleaned from the workshop will then be used to (2) develop a tool ID card, (3) an expert rule-based system, and (4) web interface that will help potential tool users navigate to the tool or tools that are applicable, accessible, and comprehensible for their need or needs -- to match the right tool with the right job. The 1-yr project will address Task 1 AFP, 2003-4 to "Develop information structures, tools, or decision support systems for accessing, disseminating, and applying wildiand fire andfuels research results from Joint Fire Science Program funded investigations and other relevant sources."

Principal Investigator: Penny Morgan

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Wayne Cook

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Gregory Gollberg

University of Idaho

College of Natural Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Lloyd Queen

University of Montana

Department of Forest Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Mark Twery

Forest Service

NRS-George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab


Merrick Richmond

Federal Cooperator

Robert E. Keane

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire, Fuel & Smoke Science Program

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
    1320 Government Publication Bringing it all Together: FRAMES Project
  go to website 698 Website  
    5083 Conference/Symposia/Workshop FRAMES and NBII Working to Bring it All Together: Adding Value Through Technology and Partnerships
    5084 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Bringing it all Together: The FRAMES Tools Project: Accessing, Comparing, and Developing Wildland Fire Tools

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