Catalogue of Virtual Labs

Literature Mining

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Literature Mining

Biodiversity literature and data constitute a vast public resource open to mining and knowledge extraction. Associating organisms to key features of their life e.g. the environment in which they live, the way they feed, their breeding habits, is cornerstone in explaining biodiversity patters and informing ecological decisions. Eco-Systems Biology, and in particular network-based analysis, can provide holistic pictures of such associations, highlight novel relations and support hypothesis formulation and knowledge discovery. Initial aim of this vLab is to augment species related information based on data available in global biodiversity knowledge and literature aggregators, such as the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Main focus of this virtual lab is the extraction of species - traits associations starting with the environment in which occur. Species and environments associations will be extracted by mining relevant text field clauses of: a) in-house LifewatchGreece data, b) the EOL and the BHL text collection. Also, interactive web-based visualizations will be developed to summarise the extracted species - environments association and support data exploration and landscape ecology studies.

MedOBIS

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MedOBIS

The MedOBIS [Mediterranean node of Ocean Biogeographic Information System (IOBIS: http://www.iobis.org/)] vLab provides reliable and quality controlled marine species datasets, meta-data and satellite data from all over the Mediterranean Sea. The concept of MedOBIS, in agreement with OBIS, is to create a comprehensive system for the retrieval of Mediterranean biological data and to deliver them to OBIS and ultimately to GBIF.

Bird behaviour analyses

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Bird behaviour analyses

VL-BMM is being developed by SURFsara Computing & Networking Services and the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of the University of Amsterdam. It is a e-Science infrastructure for controlling the tracking system, downloading the data, uploading new measurement schemes, persistent storing of the data and exploring or analysing the measurements of the UvA-BiTS.  The bird data are integrated with environmental data such as meteorological conditions (ECMWF) or sea currents (Delft3D).

LIFE+RESPIRA

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LIFE+RESPIRA

Life+Respira is a project aimed at showing that through the use of new technologies, along with urban planning and management, like promoting sustainable mobility and bicycle use, it is possible to improve air quality and reduce air pollution. The project has the added benefits included in socially implying members of the community; some of the actions will be based on the help provided by a team of volunteer cyclists. This way citizens will become the driving force and main beneficiaries of the results.

All the steps proposed in the project are directly related to the improvement of air quality, urban environment and health.


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