Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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A New Georeferencing Tool
Rukaya Johaadien, Fhatani Ranwashe

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-09 02:55 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2016-11-09


A common problem when dealing with biodiversity data and information collected over a period of time is a lack of standardisation and precision. One example of this, which we have encountered at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, is the difficulty in associating locality information written on specimens with actual positions on a map. For example, “5 mi SW of Calledon” is difficult and time consuming to resolve into a decimal degree latitude and longitude point, particularly if the specimen was collected 80 years ago (and the place name has changed), or if the collector has misspelled the name of the town “Caledon”, etc. We have developed a georeferencing web application to manage and speed up this process. We will give a brief overview of the design and functionality of the web application in this talk.