SuperGeo develops biodiversity GIS application

SuperGeo develops biodiversity GIS application


Taiwan: SuperGeo has developed a biodiversity GIS application for users to query species information and share survey data by Internet GIS.

In order to efficiently integrate all the survey data from different individuals, groups or websites, Endemic Species Research Institute intends to develop “Biodiversity Geographic Information System”, to construct a sharing platform by using Internet GIS. This project aims to offer users a more convenient query interface, data management and survey tools, and to attract users to use and provide more valuable survey data.

Through the Internet platform, users are able to connect to other databases. The personalised survey data management software offers users the customised management functions. The website also provides the links to statistic data and distribution chart of survey data, as well as the survey table sharing function. In addition, a contribution quantification function is created for users to increase their willingness and convenience to contribute survey data. Therefore, every person could easily be a biological surveyor.

The platform mainly provides three functions.

– Query Species: “Taiwan Biodiversity Network” is the main system in the project. It provides various query methods, such as key word query, geographical range query, conditional filtering query and map query.
– Uploading Data: This system provides three methods to collect data, including On-Line filling, uploading survey pictures, and huge data collection with Microsoft Excel software.
– User Information: The system offers the registered users several services according to the information that users have provided, including user profile, survey data, survey album, tracks and statistic data. This allows each user to see how their data are utilised and thus may arouse users’ interests to offer more data.

The integrated application of Internet GIS and biodiversity data can help users understand biodiversity distribution efficiently. The system also contributes to land protection and conservation and also assists the prediction and alarm mechanism for climate change and short-term environment change.

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