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Title: eFlora and DialGraph, tools for enhancing identification processes in plants
Authors: Sánchez Laulhé, Fernando
Cano Calonge, Cecilio
Jiménez Montaño, Antonio
Keywords: virtual assistant
hyperbolic geometry
natural language
dichotomous key
automatic translation
Flora Iberica
Text to Speech Synthesis
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Fernando Sánchez Laulhé, Cecilio Cano Calonge, Antonio Jiménez Montaño, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 163-169.
Abstract: This document describes in some detail the eFlora web application, a powerful tool for the identification of plant species. It incorporates the corpus of Flora Iberica, a scientific description of the vascular plants living in the Iberian Peninsula, which is treated as unstructured information and therefore indexed by a full text search engine tool, in our case Lucene. eFlora also includes dichotomous keys, which are displayed using Hyperbolic Geometry. By making intelligent use of the keys, we have created two original and useful features, the comparison of arbitrarily chosen species, which is resolved by a dynamic generation of subkeys applied to these selected species, and the presentation of dichotomous keys in the form of a Virtual Assistant, or conversational robot, using our solution DialGraph, which allows to nonacademic users an approach in Natural Language, such as chat, or voice recognition, Text to Speech Synthesis (TTS) or even Automatic Translation when dealing with a multilanguage context. Concerning the configuration of the Virtual Assistant, we provide a very intuitive BPM-like graphical design. This approach to dichotomous keys helps teaching biodiversity science, enhances the awareness of its importance, and makes citizens emotionally closer to science.
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
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