BioVeL Data Refinement Workflow (DRW)

The aim of the (Taxonomic) Data Refinement Workflow is to provide a streamlined workflow environment for preparing observational and specimen data sets for use in scientific analysis on the Taverna platform. The workflow has been designed in a way that,

  • accepts input data in a recognized format, but originating from various sources (e.g. services, local user data sets),
  • includes a number of graphical user interfaces to view and interact with the data,
  • the output of each part of the workflow is compatible with the input of each part, implying that the user is free to choose a specific sequence of actions,
  • allows for the use of custom-built as well as third-party tools applications and tools.

This workflow can be accessed through the BioVeL Portal here.

This workflow can be combined with the Ecological Niche Modelling Workflows.

 

Developed by: 

Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory (BioVeL) (EU FP7 project)

Web services: 

Currently, the data refinement workflow is composed of three distinct parts:

  • Taxonomic Name Resolution/Occurrence retrievalTaxonomic checklists web services for standardizing species lists and resolving synonyms: CoL, PESI, WoRMS, EDIT, and GBIF. Occurrence data is retrieved through GBIF.
  • Geo-temporal data selection: Spatial and temporal selection services are provided by the web-based BioSTIF client.
  • Data quality checks/Filtering: Open Refine is used for accessing local an external filtering and cleaning functionalities.
Technology or platform: 

The workflow has been developed to be run in the Taverna automated workflow environment.