Visual Comparison and Exploration of Natural History Collections.

Graham, Martin, Kennedy, Jessie and Downey, Laura (2006) Visual Comparison and Exploration of Natural History Collections. In: Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) 2006, Proceedings of the International Working Conference. ACM Press, Venice, Italy, pp. 310-313. ISBN 1-59593-353-0

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Natural history museum collections contain a wealth of specimen level data that is now opening up for digital access. However, current interfaces to access and manipulate this data are standard text-based query mechanisms, giving no leeway for exploratory investigation of the collections. By adapting previous work on multiple taxonomies we allow visual comparison of related museum collections to discover areas of overlap, naming errors,
and unique sections of a collection, indicating areas of
specialisation for individual collections and the complementarities of the set formed by the collections as a whole.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-59593-353-0
Additional Information: The conference was held in Venice ,Italy on 23-26 May 2006 and the paper was delivered at the "Interaction for art, cultural heritage and tourism" session.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural history; Collections; Mutiple taxonomies; Digitisation; Visual comparison; Taxonomic comparison; Reassessment of collections;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 570 Life sciences; biology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Item ID: 3029
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 17:09
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 16:53

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