UTCN at BioIdentify Congress

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UTCN and biology teachers from Cluj have submitted the following articles for the "BioIdentify" Congres in Paris, 20-22 Sept 2010:

"A comparative study on teaching biodiversity by using on-line interactive identification tools from the KeyToNature project",
Authors: Felicia Boar, Adelhaida Kerekes,
Abstract - This paper reports on new pedagogical approaches in teaching biodiversity by using on-line interactive identification tools developed by the European project KeyToNature. A comparative educational study was carried out on two classes of students, revealing the educational effectiveness of the interactive identification tools, when a sequence of blended activities is taken into consideration, such as observation, modelling, study tours, explanations, and botanical atlas. A systematic evaluation of both the educational processes and the acquired skills was conducted, and the comparative results are presented here.

"A search tool for the digital biodiversity resources of KeyToNature",
Authors: Mircea Giurgiu, Andrei Homodi, Cornelia Veja, Gregor Hagedorn, Pier Luigi Nimis,
Abstract — The European KeyToNature project has created a framework to gather large amounts of biodiversity-related digital data and metadata from cooperating providers and to make them publicly available via an advanced search engine tool. The novelty of the solution consists in the creation of specific queries for the search web service in the KeyToNature digital repository, in the implementation of a communication protocol between the client application and the repository server, and in other original solutions for metadata presentation.

"Open Key Player: A new approach for online interaction and user tracking in identification keys",
Authors: Mircea Giurgiu, Andrei Homodi, Edwin van Spronsen, Stefano Martellos, Pier Luigi Nimis,
Abstract — This paper describes a new approach for creating and using identification keys based on two main components: the Open Key Editor and the Open Key Player. The Open Key Editor can be used to produce custom identification keys starting from a master key, containing original user-generated content, while the most important feature of the Open Key Player is the possibility to revise the characters used along the identification process. Relevant user activities can be tracked into an eLearning environment, with the purpose of collecting data to improve the design and usability of identification keys.

"Improvement of identification keys by user-tracking",
Authors: Gerd Schmidt, Mircea Giurgiu, Sónia Hetzner, Fred Neumann,
Abstract — Identifications keys are indispensable tools for identifying organisms and understanding biodiversity. It is therefore advantageous to give a broad public access to these tools. Due to the fact that these tools are used by very different target groups – pupils, students, researchers, etc. – customisation and quality enhancement are crucial for effective and appealing identification keys. The evaluation of key software by inquiring users is always influenced by various, often subjective impressions and restricted to a small number of them. The identification keys developed in the scope of the KeyToNature project are available on electronic devices and allow registering the actions a single user does in the key during the identification process. By transferring user actions to an Learning Management System (LMS) like ILIAS OpenSource, where they can be correlated to user-data like experience in the field of identification, courses visited, age etc., it is not only possible to identify problems a individual user did encounter and mistakes he made, but also to conduct statistical evaluations to review and substantially improve the id-keys altogether, solve problems with single questions and optimise customisation to the different user groups.

"Simple matrix keys from Excel spreadsheets",
Authors: Gregor Hagedorn, Mircea Giurgiu, Andrei Homodi,
Abstract — An innovative workflow is presented, leading from a simple character and taxon matrix, prepared in an Excel spreadsheet, to a functioning free-access matrix key, stored in SDD (Structured Descriptive Data) format and presented in the flash-based free-access key player IBIS-ID directly on the web. The subset of matrix key functionality supported by this workflow include categorical and quantitative characters, multiple character states for a given taxon, taxon, character, and state illustrations, and a single character grouping level. Advanced features such as complex character or taxon trees, character dependency, or taxon-specific state images are not supported. The workflow aims to attract new contributors for which the learning curve of special purpose matrix-key editing software is too steep.

"An online authoring and publishing platform for field guides and identification tools",
Authors: Gregor Hagedorn, Gisela Weber, Andreas Plank, Mircea Giurgiu, Cornelia Veja, Gerd Schmidt, Pencho Mihnev, Manol Roujinov, Dagmar Triebel, Bernhard Zelazny, Edwin van Spronsen, Peter Schalk, Christian Kittl, Robert Brandner, Stefano Martellos, Pier Luigi Nimis,
Abstract Various implementation approaches are available for digital field guides and identification tools that are created for the web and mobile devices. The architecture of the “biowikifarm” publishing platform and some technical and social advantages of a document- and author-centric approach based on the MediaWiki open source software over custom-developed, database driven software are presented.

Contact: Mircea.Giurgiu {@} com.utcluj.ro