ecoSpace 2 is a much improved version of the ecoSpace submitted to Round One. It builds upon the same basic concept of inferring species relationships from species co-occurrence patterns in bioclimatic spaces using data available through GBIF, but offers a quite more interesting set of functionalities that significantly improve the usefulness both for biodiversity researchers and technicians.

ecoSpace is now targeted at revealing the biogeographic structure underlying species assemblages. This means that the user uploads a plain species list and ecoSpace immediately and interactively assembles the ecological network for those species, based on species affinities according to the bioclimatic variables chosen by the user. A network clustering algorithm is run to identify the «biogeographic elements» that compose the uploaded species list. This all happens without any further data requirements other than the plain occurrence data available through GBIF and the variables from WorldClim.

ecoSpace is then the first interactive and easy-to-use tool to conduct complex ecological network analysis (see this paper) from simple occurrence data. But more importantly, it opens a new door for using and analysing GBIF-mediated data.

Major improvements

  • data analysis: a whole new interface designed for real-time ecological network assembly and network pattern analysis
  • download networks as SVG images and R data objects for further analyses
  • interoperability: a webservice API, which exposes services for querying network-driven data

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