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ViBRANT: Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy

Theme: Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web And Knowledge Services
Funding Agency: European Commission: Framework VII Research Infrastructures, Capacities Programme
Period: 01/12/2010 - 30/11/2013


The overarching aim of the ViBRANT project is to put in place a sustainable programme of work that will support a Virtual Research Environment, based on Scratchpads, where users can safely store, share and manage their biodiversity research information.

Our role in the ViBRANT project is to investigate the issue of improving access to the biodiversity literature. Recent studies amongst biodiversity researchers have highlighted the problem of access to the literature as a major obstacle to efficient and effective research. Access to literature, or more specifically, data within published literature, also hinder a broad range of other disciplines including education, biodiversity conservation, protected area management, disease control, and maintenance of diverse ecosystems services.

For this reason biodiversity literature access and data mining has been selected as a primary research area within the ViBRANT project. One of our contributions to the ViBRANT project is to develop data mining techniques to extract data from the biodiversity literature, particularly the pre-digital literature.

Our role in this project is complementary to that of another Framework VII funded project that we are involved in: agINFRA (A data infrastructure to support agricultural scientific communities