Visual Exploration of Species-referenced Repositories (VESpeR)

01/08/2012 - 31/01/2014

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Contains the software produced for this project, a suite of components for analysing Darwin Core Archive (DWCA) datafiles for data quality issues such as data coverage, classification issues (taxonomic dumping) and temporal distribution. Specimen-based data sets can be compared to specialist taxonomies as long as both are DWCA compatible.

The software was produced in JavaScript using the D3, JQuery and Leaflet.js libraries among others. This web-based approach allows anyone with a modern HTML5 compliant browser to analyse such datasets and examples are available on the website.

A paper is currently under review in the journal of Ecological Informatics.
Visual Exploration of Species-referenced Repositories (VESpeR) is a Research Councils project funded by BBSRC. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to
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Project Team

Alan Cannon
Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2437
Jessie Kennedy
Dean of Research and Innovation
+44 131 455 2772
Dr Martin Graham
(not currently an institute member)

Associated Publications

Graham, M., Kennedy, J. (2014). Vesper: Visualising Species Archives. Ecological Informatics, 24, (), 132-147.