The SYNTHESYS Specimen and Observation Portal Kelbert, P., Holetschek, J., Güntsch, A., Kusber, W.-H., Zippel, E. & Berendsohn, W.G. Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
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Kelbert, P., Holetschek, J., Güntsch, A., Kusber, W.-H., Zippel, E. & Berendsohn, W.G.
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Dept. of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories Königin-Luise Str. 6-8, D-14195 Berlin, Germany
Email: [email protected]
International networks and initiatives such as SYNTHESYS (www.synthesys.info), BioCASE (www.biocase.org) and GBIF (www.gbif.org) share the vision of free and open access to the world's primary biodiversity data. Observation and specimen data are drawn from a large number of databases worldwide and linked together, forming a huge number of records. Each object documents the occurrence of a given species at a specific time and location.
Currently (May 2009), the GBIF index lists 174 million occurrence records and the SYNTHESYS cache for European data holds 72 million records.
SYNTHESYS has developed a framework for setting up special interest networks; it consists of a mechanism to derive thematic subsets of the GBIF index and a highly configurable portal application.
Searching for Calendula aegyptiaca with query expansion – an example
The portal features both a simple taxon search function and an advanced query form. The queries can be expanded using taxonomic thesauri to synonyms, related concepts and misapplied names.
Comparing annotated units with original version
All BioCASE portals also feature an annotation service, which makes it possible to send data providers feedback about their data and to propose corrections or improvements for their biodiversity data.
1. Simple and advanced search
- select either a simple search on taxon name or advanced search with extended search functionality.
configure thesauri to use
click on the glasses
to activate the
pop up of taxon names
Linked maps from the Generic Point Mapper, a service provided by the Canadian Biological Information Facility. [http://www.cbif.gc.ca/mc/index_e.php]
Example from the EDIT/BioCASE portal (worldwide biodiversity data).
Kelbert, P., Hoffmann, N., Holetschek, J., Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W. G. 2008: The new EDIT Specimen and Observation Explorer for Taxonomists. In: Weitzman, A. L. & Belbin, L. (ed.). Proceedings of TDWG (2008), Fremantle, Australia. [http://www.tdwg.org/proceedings/article/view/325]
Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W. G., Ciardelli, P., Hahn, A., Kusber, W.-H. & Li, J. 2009: Adding content to content - a generic annotation system for biodiversity data. In: Studi Trent. Sci. Nat. 84: 123-128.
Kelbert, P., Güntsch, A., Hoffmann, N., Berendsohn, W. G. 2008: Checklist-driven access to European collection and observation data. Pp. 373 in: Gradstein, S. R. et al. (ed.): Systematics 2008 Programme and Abstracts, Göttingen. ISBN: 978-3-940344-23-6.
Güntsch, A., Kusber, W.-H., Döring, M., Ciardelli, P. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2007: Common access to distributed biodiversity information. Pp. 45-48 in: Kusber, W.-H. & Jahn, R. (ed.): Proceedings of the 1st Central European Diatom Meeting 2007, Berlin.[doi:10.3372/cediatom.109]
Hoffmann, N., Kelbert, P., Ciardelli, P. & Güntsch, A. 2007: TOQE - A Thesaurus Optimized Query Expander. Proceedings of the TDWG, 2007. [http://www.tdwg.org/proceedings/article/view/247]
Holetschek, J., Güntsch, A., Oancea, C., Döring, M., Berendsohn, W. G. 2006: Prototyping a Generic Slice Generation System for the GBIF Index. Pp. 51-52 in Belbin, L., Rissone, A. and Weitzman, A. (eds.). Proceedings of TDWG (2006), St Louis, MI. [http://www.tdwg.org/proceedings/article/view/63]
units found in the
BioCASE/SYNTHESYS portal for Europe on the web
The portal can be used at http://search.biocase.org/europe
Documentation of the portal software, installation guide and the source code are available at http://www.biocase.org/products/portals/biocase_2