Building EOL species pages

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A talk presented January 20, 2013 in the Indo-US Joint Workshop on Biodiversity Informatics at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in Bangalore, India.

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Building EOL species pages

  1. 1. Building and aggregating species pagesCynthia Parr, PhD @cydparrSpecies Pages Group @eolChief Scientist
  2. 2. Goals1. To provide some practical information about tools for capturing and sharing species information2. To get feedback on EOL tools and processes for future improvement3. To discuss good ideas that can inspire each other as we work both together and separately
  3. 3. Show of hands• Do you contribute to a website(s) already?• Do you run your own website?• Would you rather just publish scientific papers?
  4. 4. Outline• EOL is part of a sharing network• Standards for sharing species descriptions• Tools for capturing content – Direct on EOL – Multimedia repositories – Wikis – Literature – Specialist web sites• Sharing content with EOL• Curating EOL content• Using content from EOL
  5. 5. EOL is part of a rich data sharing ecosystem aboutliving organisms From Parr et al. 2012. Evolutionary informatics: unifying knowledge about the diversity of life. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 94-103.
  6. 6. The GBIF hub has subnetworks
  7. 7. Key individuals seek out hubs TOLWeb
  8. 8. EOL Schema Sources: Data standardsContent type Standards used• Taxa • Darwin Core Archive• Attribution & licensing • Dublin & Darwin Core• Text objects & links • Species Profile Model,• Multimedia Plinian Core, etc. • Dublin (+ Audubon Core)
  9. 9. NCBITaxonomy is framework Not the goal ITIS and COL
  10. 10. Use your own classification standardYou do NOT have to follow a designated classificationShare your taxonomic hierarchy with your EOL contentEOL does its best to match the content with pages wealready haveContribute to COL and ITIS (and their partners)Then all projects will have access
  11. 11. Outline• EOL is part of a sharing network• Standards for sharing species descriptions• Tools for capturing content – Direct on EOL – Multimedia repositories – Wikis – Literature – Specialist web sites• Sharing content with EOL• Curating EOL content• Using content from EOL
  12. 12. Contributing to EOL• Flexibility• Blank canvas• Consider curating http://eol.org/info/contribute
  13. 13. Members can add text directly to EOL
  14. 14. Choosing a subject determines whereon the EOL page the information isdisplayedAlso important for other applicationsthat want to use the content
  15. 15. Be sure to add references
  16. 16. If you have a lot of content• Work with a hub like India Biodiversity Portal• Spreadsheet upload to EOL• Find a specialist website that is already a partner with EOL
  17. 17. http://eol.org/info/cp_getting_startedSpreadsheet method
  18. 18. General images & video flickr.com/groups/encyclopediaoflife >3000 people, 163K images
  19. 19. Professional research images morphbank.org
  20. 20. Or add to online museum catalogue
  21. 21. Or add to online museum catalogue
  22. 22. Citizen science images inaturalist.org
  23. 23. Other multimedia repositories Sound Video Soundcloud.com
  24. 24. Wikipedia/WikimediaBUTOnly the English version, starts unreviewedHighly formatted, not always consistentNot always easy to reviewAbout 150K taxa, 122K imagesEasy to add new taxa
  25. 25. Biodiversity Heritage Library biodiversitylibrary.org
  26. 26. Pensoft.net• Pensoft has a process to generate EOL-compliant XML for new species• Also sends images to Morphbank, specimens to GBIF• They registered the URL at EOL• Our script checks for changes once a day• EOL Open Access Fund
  27. 27. Plazi.org GoldenGATE markupPublished articles Zootaxa Smithsonian Contributions OthersPhoto credit: DIYLibrarian, Flickr CC-BY-SA
  28. 28. If you need your own specialist websitePrepare to raise funds for a programmerSpend a lot of effort populating and keeping itrunningOR try
  29. 29. .eu
  30. 30. LifeDesks
  31. 31. Outline• EOL is part of a sharing network• Standards for sharing species descriptions• Tools for capturing content – Direct on EOL – Multimedia repositories – Wikis – Literature – Specialist web sites• Sharing content with EOL• Curating EOL content• Using content from EOL
  32. 32. Working with existing EOL partner? • Using their toolsAdd content Follow • May need to add special tags • May need to change licensesinstructions • May need to add to an EOL group • Your content will be updated That’s all! automatically whenever we harvest from that partner
  33. 33. If you already have your own website (or spreadsheet) • Create EOL member account Register on EOL • Add content partner with contact infoPrepare resource • Spreadsheet OR Darwin Core Archive • EOL will work with you file • Provide file for one time uploadAdd resource file • Or provide URL and set harvest frequency • Notifications of traffic statisticsReceive feedback • Curation actions • Comments (Please respond!)
  34. 34. http://eol.org/info/cp_getting_startedDarwin Core Archive
  35. 35. Content partner registration http://eol.org/info/cp_getting_started
  36. 36. Don’t forget the logo
  37. 37. http://eol.org/info/cp_getting_started
  38. 38. Outline• EOL is part of a sharing network for species• Standards for sharing species descriptions• Tools for capturing content – Direct on EOL – Multimedia repositories – Wikis – Literature – Specialist web sites• Sharing content with EOL• Curating EOL content• Using content from EOL
  39. 39. EOL curation http://eol.org/info/curators• Trust, untrust, hide taxon associations• Add new taxon association • Leave a comment • Add a rating
  40. 40. • Set preferred classifications• Add and set preferred common namesMore info at: http://eol.org/info/curators
  41. 41. http://eol.org/info/curators• Register as a member at eol.org• Edit your profile and provide your credentials – For assistant curator, just your real name – For full curator need academic affiliation OR publication reference OR referral from another full curator• Curate only as much as you are able
  42. 42. Outline• EOL is part of a sharing network• Standards for sharing species descriptions• Tools for capturing content – Direct on EOL – Multimedia repositories – Wikis – Literature – Specialist web sites• Sharing content with EOL• Curating EOL content• Using content from EOL
  43. 43. Using content from EOLManually API No need to ask Docs at http://eol.org/api permission Follow license conditions Register for an API key Provide attribution Follow terms of use Set up either a dynamic query or refresh a cache of results
  44. 44. Questions?• Contact our partners at the India Biodiversity Portal• Contact me at parrc@si.edu• Use the contact us form on EOLflickr.com/groups/encyclopediaoflifeinaturalist.org, morphbank.orgbiodiversitylibrary.orgpensoft.net, plazi.orgscratchpads.eueol.org/info/cp_getting_startedeol.org/info/curatorseol.org/api

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