Articles by vijaybarve

India has 100k records on iNaturalist

April 21, 2019 | vijaybarve

Biodiversity citizen scientists use iNaturalist to post their observations with photographs. The observations are then curated there by crowd-sourcing the identifications and other trait related aspects too. The data once converted to “research grade” is passed on to GBIF as occurrence records. Exciting news from India in 3rd week of ...
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Darwinazing biodiversity data in R

March 14, 2018 | vijaybarve

“Darwin Core (DwC) is a standard maintained by the Darwin Core maintenance group. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing identifiers, labels, and definitions. Darwin ... [Read more...]

Google Summer of Code 2018

March 13, 2018 | vijaybarve

R project has been participating in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) since 2008. We have numerous packages which have received code contributions from GSoC participants. This year too, R is participating and there is already an impressive list of potential projects listed at [] and ...
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GSoC 2017 : Parser for Biodiversity Checklists

May 31, 2017 | vijaybarve

Guest post by Qingyue Xu Compiling taxonomic checklists from varied sources of data is a common task that biodiversity informaticians encounter. In the GSoC 2017 project Parser for Biodiversity checklists, my overall goal is to extract taxonomic names from given text into a tabular format so that easy aggregation of biodiversity ... [Read more...]

GSoC 2017 : Biodiversity data cleaning

May 17, 2017 | vijaybarve

By Ashwin Agrawal URL of the Project Idea: Introduction There are an increasing number of scientists using R for their data analyses, however, the skill set required to handle biodiversity data in R, is considerably varies. Since, users need to retrieve, manage and ... [Read more...]

GSoC 2017 : Integrating biodiversity data curation functionality

May 7, 2017 | vijaybarve

By Thiloshon Nagarajah URL of project idea page: Introduction The importance of data in the biodiversity research has been repeatedly stressed in the recent times and various organizations have come together and followed each other to provide data for advancing biodiversity research. But, ...
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Mapping Biodiversity data on smaller than one degree scale

February 22, 2017 | vijaybarve

Guest Post by Enjie (Jane) LI I have been using bdvis package (version 0.2.9) to visualize the iNaturalist records of RAScals project ( Initially, the mapgrid function in the bdvis version 0.2.9 was written to map the number of records, number of species and completeness in a 1...
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Visualize completeness of biodiversity data

June 10, 2016 | vijaybarve

Package bdvis: Biodiversity data visualizations using R is helpful to understand completeness of biodiversity inventory, extent of geographical, taxonomic and temporal coverage, gaps and biases in data. Package bdvis version 0.2.6 is on CRAN now. This version has several features added since version 0.1.0. I plan to post set of blog entries ...
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Visualizing bdsns data using bdvis

August 12, 2015 | vijaybarve

One of the tasks in my Google Summer of Code 2015 was to integrate new package bdsns with existing package bdvis to identify strengths and gaps in the data. This can be achieved with few simple steps. Begin with opening both libraries Get data for few species of butterflies using bdsns ...
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package bdvis is on CRAN

May 8, 2014 | vijaybarve

We are happy to announce that package bdvis is on CRAN now. bdvis: Biodiversity Data Visualizations Biodiversity data visualizations using R would be helpful to understand completeness of biodiversity inventory, extent of geographical, taxonomic and temporal coverage, gaps and biases in ...
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Package rinat use case: map of iNaturalist project

March 11, 2014 | vijaybarve

iNaturalist projects are collection of records posted on iNatualist. Now that we have a R package rinat from rOpenSci I thought of playing around with the data. Here is a function I wrote, to quickly map all the records of a project using ggmap package. We can used get_inat_... [Read more...]

GSoC Proposal 2013: Biodiversity Visualizations using R

April 29, 2013 | vijaybarve

I am applying for Google Summer of Code 2013 with this “Biodiversity Visualizations using R” proposal. I am posting this idea to get feedback and suggestions from Biodiversity Informatics community. [During next few days I will keep updating this to accommodate suggestions. The example visualizations here are crude examples of the ... [Read more...]
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