Biology is as obviously different from Ecology as it is obvious that managing 'large' issues such as biodiversity requires so much more than taxonomy and species-level biology. And as issues such as global warming and climate change demonstrate so resoundingly, its difficult to deny or ignore ecology's 'axiom of relatedness' which insists that everything is connected to everything else.

Yet, database after database is created to establish 'catalogues of life' - systems that focus on species with scant attention paid to trophic and food web relations. Separate from these species-focused systems are databases on habitats and rivers etc., with some notable exceptions, it is nigh impossible to find out which fish live in which rivers; what eats the fish and what eats the predators on these fish predators etc. etc. Ecology is simple stripped out of the design of such systems. The forlorn hope is that the essential interaction chains that hold the web of life together, will 'somehow' be 'grafted' onto these separate silo systems and accessed via some or other long-promised 'meta' tagging and ontology system - as if ecology processes such as parasitism and pollination, are a secondary meta layer attribute of instead of the first-cause driver of the state of the natural world.

In contrast, EcoPort was invented as a means of using the world-wide web (www) as an n-dimensional matrix able to emulate the behaviour of real-world food webs, provided the food chains of the real-world are represented as 'knowledge vectors' in a suitably imagined, designed and implemented relational database. And, it cannot be anything but a service that has 'whole earth ecology' as its system boundaries.