Digispecies

Digitization of plant and animal species occurrence records for documenting the extent of biodiversity loss.

Start:

01.06.2021

End:

31.05.2024

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Digispecies

Digitization of plant and animal species occurrence records for documenting the extent of biodiversity loss.

According to estimates from the World Biodiversity Council, nearly a million plant and animal species are threatened by extinction. The situation may be more dire, since exact statistics are not available. However, there are efforts from the scientific community in documenting the plant species occurrences in different regions, which are published in scientific magazines. These efforts, in some cases, date to the XVth century, and for a large plant species base, can be found from the XIXth century onwards. In this project, we plan to digitize such scientific articles, and extract tables, which contain the plant species occurrence, documented in different locations and points in time. We aim at addressing several issues from the technical point of view, such as extraction and interpretation of the diversity of tables, present in such articles; aligning relevant tables, and finally exposing the extracted data in knowledge graphs for further use and alignment with existing efforts from the botanical community. Finally, we investigate research questions that analyze the plant species occurrence and the corresponding trends on the longitudinal and spatial axis.

Funding program

VolkswagenStiftung