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Data mining in conservation research using Latin and vernacular species names

Jari?, Ivan, Courchamp, Franck, Gessner, Jörn, Roberts, David L. (2016) Data mining in conservation research using Latin and vernacular species names. PeerJ, 4 (e2202). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2167-8359. (doi:10.7717/peerj.2202)

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Abstract

In conservation science, assessments of trends and priorities for actions often focus on species as the management unit. Studies on species coverage in online media are commonly conducted by using species vernacular names. However, the use of species vernacular names for web-based data search is problematic due to the high risk of mismatches in results. While the use of Latin names may produce more consistent results, it is uncertain whether a search using Latin names will produce unbiased results as compared to vernacular names. We assessed the potential of Latin names to be used as an alternative to vernacular names for the data mining within the field of conservation science. By using Latin and vernacular names, we searched for species from four species groups: diurnal birds of prey, Carnivora, Primates and marine mammals. We assessed the relationship of the results obtained within different online sources, such as Internet pages, newspapers and social media networks. Results indicated that the search results based on Latin and vernacular names were highly correlated, and confirmed that one may be used as an alternative for the other. We also demonstrated the potential of the number of images posted on the Internet to be used as an indication of the public attention towards different species.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.7717/peerj.2202
Uncontrolled keywords: Internet, Common name, Social network, Vernacular name, Data mining, Scientific name, Latin name
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 08:52 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56562 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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