Evaluation of biodiversity data portals based on requirement analysis

Ecological Informatics
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In recent years, concern about the misuse of natural resources has been increasing. It is essential to know in detail the biodiversity of an ecosystem to understand and analyze the impact of human activities on nature, as well as to promote the economic growth of a country. To achieve these goals, public and private institutions are aggregating and sharing biological data around the world by means of biodiversity data portals. The main purpose of those portals is to provide a set of tools that help users and institutions catalog, analyze, and publish raw data about different species in a manner that is open and freely available to any interested party. Normally the process of choosing the best software solution is not straightforward. This paper proposes a methodology to evaluate a collection of data portals to establish a clear and consistent selection process that analyzes a collection of requirements and research purposes. The proposed approach is based on three strategies: the use of software engineering techniques to identify the desired group of features to be available in the data portal; the application of the Kano Satisfaction Model to score each requirement according to a preset weight of importance; and the use of tree-maps to visualize the requirements based on their implementation priority, to establish a portal deployment road-map. The proposed methodology is broadly applicable to portal analyses for many communities of practice.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Evaluation of biodiversity data portals based on requirement analysis
Series title Ecological Informatics
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2018.09.008
Volume 48
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Core Science Analytics and Synthesis
Description 11 p.
First page 215
Last page 225
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