Funded by the Encyclopedia of Life's (EOL) 2013 Rubenstein Research Fellowship program, the project “ENVIRONMENTS: Discovering habitat terms in EOL Contents” (Environments-EOL) has begun and will make extensive use of EnvO.
Environments-EOL aims to identify environmental descriptors across EOL's Taxon pages and map them to structured resources. The project's approaches and progress can be monitored via its blog. As an example of the tools in development, "ENVIRONMENTS", uses a dictionary based on EnvO's content to identify environments described in EOL pages and tag these pages with relevant EnvO terms. This dictionary serves as an intermediary between EnvO terms and their free text variations (e.g. plurals), a theme that will be further explored by the project.
The performance of ENVIRONMENTS and its counterparts in the ENVIRONMENTS-EOL project will be evaluated through comparison to a gold standard, also being created by the project team. Further, a suite of other tools which facilitate annotation using EnvO and assist annotators in requesting new terms is also in development.
We're looking forward to input from ENVIRONMENTS-EOL and to supporting this initiative!