Catalogue of Virtual Labs

MicroCTvLab

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MicroCTvLab

The MicroCTvlab is a service which was created in order to present and disseminate micro-CT (micro-computed tomography) datasets through the framework of the LifeWatchGreece project. This service offers virtual galleries and online tools for the 3D manipulation of the micro-CT datasets. The creation and dissemination of these "cyber-specimens" aim to contribute to a massive digitization of biological collections

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.

Marine VRE

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Marine VRE

As an outcome of the 2nd LifeWatch e-Infrastructure Construction Operational Meeting in Granada in early 2014, a LifeWatch Marine Meeting was organized from 3rd-5th of June 2014 at the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete. This meeting was attended by representatives of regional LifeWatch projects in Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Belgium and the EU funded projects BioVeLMicroB3ViBRANT and EMODnet.

During this meeting it was discussed how several marine resources, data bases, data systems, web services, tools, etc. could be brought together into one marine virtual research environment (VRE). The outcome of these fruitful discussions is this portal, which can be considered as a first bottom-up development demonstrating potential and capability emulating the LifeWatch objectives. For future versions of the marine VRE we aim to further increase the integration and interaction between the presented components.


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.

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