M8.20 - Ecological and conservation applications implemented as a service
Ecological and conservation applications implemented as a service
The Biological Index Calculation Tool (BICT) is an online tool available via OBOE (Oxford Batch Operation Engine, https://oboe.oerc.ox.ac.uk/). BICT calculates up to nine different biodiversity indices on data submitted by the user and returns calculated data as well as a graphical report.
The routines are made available by OBOE (https://oboe.oerc.ox.ac.uk/; under the BICT tool), which already provides the interface to other ViBRANT services. This was decided in order to avoid having multiple ways and services through which the calculation routines would be made available. Scripts for the calculation of the indices, as well as templates for input and output formats have been delivered to WP5 leader, written in C++.
The service is almost there. However, it is postponed because ther will be an effort to integrate more indices which will subsequently be used for the activities of the EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observation System; COST project) network which start next fall.