Improvement of identification keys by user-tracking
Identifications keys are indispensable tools for identifying organisms and understanding biodiversity. It is therefore advantageous to give a broad public access to these tools. Due to the fact that these tools are used by very different target groups – pupils, students, researchers, etc. – customisation and quality enhancement are crucial for effective and appealing identification keys. The evaluation of key software by inquiring users is always influenced by various, often subjective impressions and is usually restricted to a small number of them. The identification keys developed in the framework the KeyToNature project are available on electronic devices and allow registering the actions of single users during the identification process. By transferring user actions to an Learning Management System (LMS) like ILIAS OpenSource, where they can be correlated to user-data like experience in the field of identification, courses visited, age etc., it is not only possible to identify the problems a individual user did encounter and the mistakes he made, but also to conduct statistical evaluations to review and substantially improve the keys, to solve problems with single questions, and to optimise customisation to the different user groups.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Gerd Schmidt [et al.], Improvement of identification keys by user-tracking, 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. 137-143.