Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Next Generation Publishing for Biodiversity using Pensoft's Arpha Writing Tool and Publishing System
Lyubomir Penev, Viktor Senderov, Teodor Georgiev

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-07 02:00 PM – 02:15 PM
Last modified: 2016-10-16


ARPHA stands for Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting, and Archiving, and is the first journal publishing platform ever to provide a full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring, through peer-review, to publishing and dissemination. In the core of the system is the ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT), which offers biodiversity scientists a number of exciting features. For example, AWT is tightly integrated with the information technology (IT) infrastructure of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), streamlining the Red List evaluations of endangered or invasive species. These evaluations can be respectively published as Species Conservation Profiles (SCP) or Alien Species Profiles (ASP) in the Biodiversity Data Journal. To data collectors and scientists, AWT offers tools to create data paper manuscripts from metadata expressed in Ecological Metadata Language (EML), directly from their computing environment. The data papers then serve as human-readable extensions to metadata and provide a point of citation and reference to a data set. To the taxonomists, AWT offers import/ export capabilities of occurrence or specimen records based on an Application Programming Interface (API). A number of interchange formats and databases (GBIF, BOLD Systems*, iDigBio, PlutoF) are supported, including the widely adopted Darwin Core (DwC).

ARPHA allows for the upfront markup of published texts, which is the first step to publication of atomized content and data that can be easily mined, extracted, and re-used. ARPHA will serve as the gate to the forthcoming Open Biodiversity Management System (OBKMS), based on extraction of information in the form of Linked Open Data, which is stored as nanopublications in a biodiversity knowledge graph. Note, the OBKMS is a semantic suite of databases and applications inter-connecting biodiversity data. You are encouraged to visit Symposium 01, where a presentation on OBKMS will be held.

This workshop aims to bring to light some of those brand new features as well as provide the user with a solid knowledge on how to use AWT in general. The bulk of the workshop will be spent in computer demonstrations as well as questions and answers, with a short introductory talk in the beginning.

* BOLD Systems = Barcode of Life Data Systems