A Study on the Efficiency of an Automated Georeferencing Tool.

QUESTIONS

  1. What is BioGeomancer?
  2. What is the purpose of this project?
  3. What does participation entail?
  4. How do I participate?
  5. I am currently participating in the project. What do I do now?
  6. Who do I contact if I have more questions?
  7. What are some georeferencing tools available for manual georeferencing? Where can I find more georeferencing resources?
  8. Where can I learn how to use BioGeomancer?
ANSWERS
  1. What is BioGeomancer?
    The BioGeomancer Project is a worldwide collaboration of natural history and geospatial data experts. The primary goal of the project is to maximize the quality and quantity of biodiversity data that can be mapped in support of scientific research, planning, conservation, and management. The project promotes discussion, manages geospatial data and data standards, and develops software tools in support of this mission.

    The BioGeomancer consortium is developing online workbench, web services, and desktop applications that will provide georeferencing for collectors, curators and users of natural history specimens, including software tools to allow natural language processing of archival data records that were collected in many different formats.

    The latest version of BioGeomancer can be found here. [Back to the top]
  2. What is the purpose of this project?
    The goal of this project is to study the georeferencing ability and speed of the BioGeomancer workbench compared to manual georeferencing. This will be done through online questions to record times associated with georeferencing fictitious data sets using both manual and BioGeomancer aided methods. [Back to the top]
  3. What does participation entail?
    Participants will complete 14 online questions, each representing a locality type commonly found in a museum dataset. An example of a question is below.

    Sample Survey Question

    Participants will receive an email confirming their participation in the study. Inside the email will be two sets of 7 links. Each link will present the participant with a locality description. Each participant will complete 1 set (with 7 questions/links) using manual georeferencing methods and 1 set ( of 7 questions/links) using BioGeomancer.

    Each survey will represent the 7 locality types that BioGeomancer can currently interpret. A list showing the seven locality types in the context of common locality types can be found here.There will be 1 of each locality type in every set.

    If you need a break at anytime during the survey, finish the page you are working on and refrain from opening another link. After you take your break, you can come back to the email with all the links and continue your work until you have answered all the questions. [Back to the top]
  4. How do I participate?
    If you are interested in participating, please contact Lillian Chan (chan@berkeley.edu) for more information. Include the following in your email:
    1. Name
    2. Affiliated institution
    3. Of the two states, Montana and Nebraska, which are you most familiar with?
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  5. I am currently participating in the project. What do I do now?
    You will get an email confirming your participation. In that email will be two sets of seven links each. Clicking on each link will take you to the questions. [Back to the top]
  6. Who do I contact if I have more questions?
    Please refer any questions/concerns to Lillian Chan (chan@berkeley.edu). [Back to the top]
  7. What are some georeferencing tools available for manual georeferencing?
    You are allowed to use any georeferencing tools that you feel comfortable with (e.g., Terrain Navigator, paper maps, etc.), as long as there is no automation or batch processing involved.

    Here is a list of some tools available online:

    For additional georeferencing resources, see the HerpNET GIS and Georeferencing Resources page. [Back to the top]
  8. Where can I learn how to use BioGeomancer?
    We have created a short tutorial for you use, which can be downloaded here. [Back to the top]