James McManus, has a broad background in Earth Science and Information Technology. His career spans a period where
he witnessed the development of the World Wide Web, from its beginnings, along side the continued development of
geospatial technologies, and their application in the Earth Science's. From the beginning he has understood the need
for development environments that are transparent and evolutionary, for these technologies to be successful in
providing meaningful and lasting tools in research and analysis.
His perspective on the Earth Science's have been heavily influenced by his experiences at NASA, where he was involved
with field experiments that scaled processes from the leaf level to global scale. This gave him a unique appreciation
of ecosystems, how they are affected by internal competition, and out side influences, and how these processes can
change with scale. He also was involved with software information system's that archived and disseminated earth science
data .When the concept of software ecosystems came out of the Open Source community, he immediately grasped its
importance, and understood how such concepts could be applied in many other areas, such as social, environmental,
economic... through the discernment of virtuous circles in these areas.