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Demonstration of the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN)

Demonstration of the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN)

Talk at the Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria meeting in Philadelphia, United States - June 6, 2011.

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Peter Desmet

June 06, 2011
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  1. VASCAN demonstration Peter Desmet & Luc Brouillet Consortium of Northeastern

    Herbaria meeting - June 2011
  2. About VASCAN •  VASCAN  is  the  Database  of  Vascular  Plants

     of  Canada   –  A  checklist  of  all  vascular  plants  from  Canada,  Greenland  &   Saint  Pierre  and  Miquelon   –  Mainly  literature-­‐based   •  Content   –  ScienEfic  names     –  English  &  French  vernacular  names   –  DistribuEon  &  distribuEon  status   –  ClassificaEon  &  hybrid  parents   –  Habit   –  Sources   •  Officially  launched  on  December  10,  2010  
  3. About VASCAN •  Pioneered  the  use  of  Darwin  Core  Archives

     using  the   GBIF  GNA  Profile.   •  Test  case  for  peer  reviewed  publicaEon  of  data  papers   through  GBIF  IPT  and  PensoU  (PhytoKeys).   •  Published  under  CreaEve  Commons  (CC-­‐BY-­‐SA)     –  You  are  free  to  use,  share  &  remix   –  You  must  a[ribute  us  &  share  under  the  same/similar  license   •  Brouillet,  L.,  F.  Coursol,  M.  Favreau,  M.  Anions,  P.  Bélisle   &  P.  Desmet.  2010+  VASCAN,  the  Database  of  Vascular   Plants  of  Canada.   •  data.canadensys.net/vascan  
  4. Names •  ScienEfic  names  (21942)   –  9891  accepted  

    –  12051  synonyms   •  English  vernacular  names   (20490)   –  6895  accepted   –  13595  alternaEves   •  French  vernacular  names   (10044)   –  6212  accepted   –  3832  alternaEves   •  Sources  
  5. Name URL •  data.canadensys.net/vascan/name/yourname   –  Accepted  scienEfic  name  →

     accepted  taxon   –  Synonym  scienEfic  name  →  accepted  taxon  +  redirect  message   –  Vernacular  name  →  accepted  taxon  +  redirect  message   –  Non-­‐unique  name  →  disambiguaEon  page   •  Can  be  used  to  link  from  your  DB  /  Spreadsheet   (concatenate)  
  6. Distribution •  16  regions   •  7  distribuEon  statuses  

    –  NaEve   –  Introduced   –  Ephemeral   –  Excluded   –  ExErpated   –  Doubhul   –  Absent   •  Sources   •  Stored  for  lowest  taxa  (6507)  and  calculated  for  higher   taxa  
  7. Classification •  ClassificaEon   –  APG  III,  2009   (flowering

     plants)   –  Smith  et  al.,  2006  (ferns)   –  Chase  &  Reveal,  2009   (higher  taxonomy)   •  Hybrid  parents   •  Sources  
  8. Habit •  Habit  in  Canada   –  Herb   – 

    Shrub   –  Tree   –  Vine   •  Primary  &  secondary  habit   •  Stored  for  lowest  taxa  (6507)  and  calculated  for  higher   taxa  
  9. Name search •  Search  for  scienEfic  and  vernacular  names  

    •  Dropdown  menu  →  quick  link  to  a  name  page   •  Full  search  →  all  results  for  a  search  string    
  10. Checklist builder •  Create  your  own  checklist   •  SelecEon

     criteria:   –  Groups   –  Habit   –  Regions   –  CombinaEon   –  DistribuEon  status   •  Display  criteria:   –  Ranks   –  Display  hybrids   –  Sort  
  11. Download •  Darwin  Core  Archive   –  For  checklists  &

     enEre  dataset   –  Taxa   –  DistribuEon   –  Vernacular  names   –  Habit   •  Text  file   –  Checklist  as  a  tab-­‐delimited  file   •  Print  page   –  Checklist  &  taxon  page  without  clu[er   •  We  encourage  you  to  use  the  data!  
  12. Feedback •  Click  the  feedback  bu[on  from  any  page  

    •  Enter  a  data  or  interface  issue   –  All  issues  are  tracked  with  Google  Code  (Google  account   required  to  enter  an  issue,  but  not  to  view  them)   –  code.google.com/p/canadensys/issues/   •  Updates  and  news  regarding  VASCAN:   –  Twi[er:  @canadensys   –  Canadensys  group:  groups.google.ca/group/canadensys    
  13. Explore data.canadensys.net/vascan    

  14. Demonstration examples •  Name  search   –  Full  search  (maple)

      –  Dropdown  (maple  white)   •  Name  page   –  DisambiguaEon   –  Name  URL  (Acer  negundo   var.  negundo)   –  Redirect  to  accepted   •  Taxon  page   –  DistribuEon  (list  view)   –  ClassificaEon  (Acer)   –  Calculated  distribuEon   –  Hybrid  parents  (Acer   ×freemanii)   •  Checklist  builder   –  SelecEon  criteria:  Acer  +   in  all  off  +  Central  +   NaEve   –  Display  criteria:  species  +   alphabeEcal   –  Download  as  text  file   •  About