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Biodiversity Informatics
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ISSN (Print) 1546-9735
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  • The IBdata Web System for Biological Collections: Design Focused on
           Usability

    • Authors: Miguel Murguía-Romero, Bernardo Serrano-Estrada, Gerardo A. Salazar, Gerardo E. Sánchez-González, Ubaldo Melo Samper Palacios, David S. Gernandt, Susana Magallón, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero
      Abstract: The software design process must put users at the core of the process to enable them to meet their specific objectives effectively, efficiently, and successfully. Thus, a software design for a computing system to consult biological collections guided by the concept of usability will result in an effective and efficient biodiversity informatics tool. Here, we introduce IBdata, a web system to consult biological collections, developed using a design approach based on the architecture of three layers: database, business rules, and user interface. The user interface design was guided by the concept of usability focused on four core concepts: simplicity, adaptability, guide the user through the journey, and feedback. The IBdata web system that we developed is composed of three modules (query, capture and editing, and administration), permitting it to query a database with about 1.7 million specimen records. Biodiversity data query systems must be effective and efficient and should meet the user’s expectations. Software design methodologies play a central role in achieving these goals, and, in this context, interface design techniques that put the user at the core of development are valuable, as in the development of the IBdata web system.
      PubDate: 2024-02-01
      DOI: 10.17161/bi.v18i.20516
      Issue No: Vol. 18 (2024)
       
  • Interpreting and Georeferencing the Concept of “Near” in
           Biodiversity Records

    • Authors: Peter Campbell
      Abstract: Georeferencing historical biodiversity specimens is a difficult but necessary task to bring data accumulated in the course of past scientific efforts into full currency for modern use. Textual locality descriptions vary widely, and are prone to error involved in interpretation of brief descriptions and often-unclear terms. Each type of locality description requires particular georeferencing methods to maximize precision and accuracy of resulting coordinates and uncertainty. Current “best practice” methods concerning textual descriptions referring to proximity to a locality (i.e., “near” a locality) are arbitrary, restrictive, or undefined. In this paper, I explore these challenges, and provide new methods for assigning geographic coordinates and uncertainty (with appropriate metadata) to such locality descriptions using point, line, or polygon shapes as the basis for Voronoi diagrams. Voronoi diagrams define the geographic space nearer to a given point than to any other point in a collection, making them ideally suited for determining the shape of such locality descriptions.
      Keywords: Articles (peer-reviewed)
      PubDate: 2024-05-03
      DOI: 10.17161/qe3d5373
       
 
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