Veljo Runnel

Veljo Runnel
University of Tartu · Natural History Museum

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Publications (26)
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Citizen Science (CS) based environmental monitoring has become popular in many countries, but implementing CS projects in Eastern European countries is often challenging due to their socio-political transition histories, low social capital, and relatively short traditions of civic participation. CS in Eastern Europe has received little academic int...
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Results are presented of a study investigating solutions and procedures to incorporate private natural history collections into the international collections data infrastructure. Results are based on pilot projects carried out in three European countries aimed at approaches on how to best motivate and equip citizen collectors for digitisation: 1) I...
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DiSSCo, the Distributed System of Scientific Collections, is a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) mobilising, unifying bio- and geo-diversity information connected to the specimens held in natural science collections and delivering it to scientific communities and beyond. Bringing together 120 institutions across 21 countries and combining e...
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Specimens held in private natural history collections form an essential, but often neglected part of the specimens held worldwide in natural history collections. When engaging in regional, national or international initiatives aimed at increasing the accessibility of biodiversity data, it is paramount to include private collections as much and as o...
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PlutoF online platform (https://plutof.ut.ee) is built for the management of biodiversity data. The concept is to provide a common workbench where the full data lifecycle can be managed and support seamless data sharing between single users, workgroups and institutions. Today, large and sophisticated biodiversity datasets are increasingly developed...
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More and more herbaria are digitising their collections. Images of specimens are made available online to facilitate access to them and allow extraction of information from them. Transcription of the data written on specimens is critical for general discoverability and enables incorporation into large aggregated research datasets. Different methods...
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R script used to map data from FinBIF API to DwC
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Python script to upload the dataset to Zenodo
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Taxonomic coverage (interactive HTML file)
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This report will address how private collections can be included in Europe’s digitisation efforts. First, it is necessary to identify the current volume, scope and level of digitisation of private collections within Europe to have a better view of the background and inform our next steps. Secondly, a protocol to keep this inventory up to date in th...
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Background Online systems for observation reporting by citizen scientists have been operating for many years. iNaturalist (California Academy of Sciences 2016), eBird (Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2016) and Observado (Observation International 2016) are well-known international systems, Artportalen (Swedish Species Information Centre 2016) and Artsob...
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Citizen science is an approach of public participation in scientific research which has gained significant momentum in recent years. This is particularly evident in biology and environmental sciences where input from citizen scientists has greatly increased the number of publicly available observation data. However, there are still challenges in ef...
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A fundamental constituent of a biodiversity observation network is the technological infrastructure that underpins it. The European Biodiversity Network project (EU BON) has been working with and improving upon pre-existing tools for data mobilization, sharing and description. This paper provides conceptual and practical advice for the use of these...
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The Baltic Sea, the food we eat, and what all this means If you thought your health and well-being are the only things affected by what you eat, think again. New research from Finland shows how you can help mitigate the burden and risks triggered by hazardous substances found in the food supply chain, by choosing the right foods and following diet...

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European Natural Science Collections host approximately 1.5 billion biological and geological collection objects, which represent about 80% of the known current and past biological and geological diversity on earth. The MOBILISE COST Action will foster a cooperative network in Europe to support excellent research activities, and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer around natural science collections. It will prepare the ground for a future pan-European Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo). Learn more: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/
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ICEDIG – “Innovation and consolidation for large scale digitisation of natural heritage” - is an EU-funded project that aims at supporting the implementation phase of the new Research Infrastructure DiSSCo (“Distributed System of Scientific Collections”) by designing and addressing the technical, financial, policy and governance aspects necessary to operate such a large distributed initiative for natural sciences collections across Europe. more at www.icedig.eu