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WP6 e-Services for users and dissemination

Objectives

  • Provide a web-based working space to archive, describe and share data files and documents between PESI partners
  • Develop an integrated web-publication of the pan-European checklists and applied user services
  • Support the use of the pan-European species data in the e-science domain
  • Develop and disseminate project information and popular outreach material.

    PESI project website

     

    The project website provides:

    • an introduction to the aims and details of the workplan
    • a calendar for meetings, inlcuding a registration tool
    • regular news headlines on progress
    • a section to download documents
    • a portal with information and contact details of partners and taxonomic experts, in collaboration with WP2

    PESI web portal

     

    The PESI web portal will publish an integrated European species list, using standards agreed in WP4 and data integrated in WP5.

     

    The portal will allow users to search species by:

    • scientific name (any taxon rank)
    • common name (any taxon rank)
    • geography (country, region, seas) 
    • environment (marine, freshwater, land) 
    • other attributes (e.g. protection status)

     

    The PESI web portal will also have an end-user forum for user input on functional requirements and as a feedback mechanisms for data quality assurance.

     

    E-science applications

     

    PESI will establish links with publishers of scientific journals, e.g. display of RSS feeds linked to species, and will add deep links from species pages to publishers websites.
    PESI will propose to publish data appendices from science journals in a standard electronic format that facilitate data integration and distribution towards GBIF and OBIS.

     

    Data Delivery Services

     

    PESI will provide web services that help maintain species registers at user locations, by enabling semi-automated cross-referencing of taxonomic names (taxon match tool) and will apply web-server and wrapper functionalities for dynamic linking and data transfer to other databases and services (based on e.g. SOAP, TAPIR, BioCase). As a user or developer you can use this service to feed your own application with standard taxonomy. We currently use the platform-independent SOAP/WSDL standard. 

     

    SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is a way for a program running in one kind of operating system (such as Windows 2000) to communicate with a progam in the same or another kind of an operating system (such as Linux) by using the World Wide Web's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and its Extensible Markup Language (XML) defined by the Web Service Definition Language (WSDL), as a mechanisms for information exchange.

    A few examples of possible applications: 
    • check the spelling of your taxa 
    • get the authority for your taxa 
    • get the full classification for your taxa 
    • resolve all your invalid names to valid ones 
    • match your species list 
    • resolve a common name to a scientific name
    • get the sources/references for a taxon 

    Public Outreach

     

    PESI will reach out towards scientists, policy makers and the public at large. We will develop several outreach products, such as:
    • E-newsletter (more information on "mailing lists")
    • News articles (published online at "News")
    • Press releases 
    • Information brochure
    • Information video-clip 
    • Information stands at conferences and meetings