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Art der Publikation: Beitrag in Zeitschrift

Task-based assessment of visualization tools for the comparison of biological taxonomies

Autor(en):
Sancho-Chavarria, Lilliana; Beck, Fabian; Weiskopf, Daniel; Mata-Montero, Erick
Titel der Zeitschrift:
Research Ideas and Outcomes
Jahrgang (Veröffentlichung):
4 (2018)
Heftnummer:
e25742
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
doi:10.3897/rio.4.e25742
Link zum Volltext:
https://riojournal.com/article/25742/list/8/
Zitation:
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Kurzfassung

Maintenance and curation of large-sized biological taxonomies are complex and laborious activities. Information visualization systems use interactive visual interfaces to facilitate analytical reasoning on complex information. Several approaches such as treemaps, indented lists, cone trees, radial trees, and many others have been used to visualize and analyze a single taxonomy. In addition, methods such as edge drawing, animation, and matrix representations have been used for comparing trees. Visualizing similarities and differences between two or more large taxonomies is harder than the visualization of a single taxonomy. On one hand, less space is available on the screen to display each tree; on the other hand, differences should be highlighted. The comparison of two alternative taxonomies and the analysis of a taxonomy as it evolves over time provide fundamental information to taxonomists and global initiatives that promote standardization and integration of taxonomic databases to better document biodiversity and support its conservation. In this work we assess how ten user visualization tasks for the curation of biological taxonomies are supported by several visualization tools. Tasks include the identification of conditions such as congruent taxa, splits, merges, and new species added to a taxonomy. We consider tools that have gone beyond the prototype stage, that have been described in peer-reviewed publications, or are in current use. We conclude with the identification of challenges for future development of taxonomy comparison tools.