Other visualisations

As part of our work to develop the FSC Identikit, we investigated the utility of the Javascript library Data Driven Documents (D3). In 2015 (as part of the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project) we started to demonstrate the utility of D3 to visualise taxonomic knowledge bases and biological records, creating a number of visualisations that can be explored here.

Taxonomy web services visualisationTaxonomy web services visualisation. A visualisation to explore taxonomies managed by both GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and NBN (National Bioidversity Network). Search for organisms and build phylogenic trees showing their positions within the taxonomies.

Sizes of British spiders visualisationSizes of British spiders. This is a visualisation of a small taxonomic knowledge base detailing the sizes of spiders in the British spider fauna. It demonstrates, in a small way, how morphological information on a taxonomic group can be explored in an interactive way. This visualisation also uses one of the D3 'layouts' - a circle pack - to illustrate taxonomic relationships between spiders in the British fauna.

Preston Montford Rothamsted MothsPreston Montford Rothamsted Moths. Although this visualisation is driven by a knowledge base built from biological records rather than morphological characters, it does provide another example of an interactive tool that can be a useful aid to identification. It also demonstrates some of the excellent transitioning and animation capabilities of D3.

FSC MothsFSC Moths. Another visualisation driven by a knowledge base built from biological records. This extension of the Preston Montford Rothamsted Moths visualisation adds the capability to switch knowledge bases to reflect the moths recorded at other FSC centres.