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Projects :: KeyToNature

KeyToNature: KeyToLife: interactive e-tools for learning and teaching biodiversity

KeyToNature aims to achieve a pan-European approach to teaching biodiversity, focusing on the identification of organisms. Until now, species identification was mainly based on paper-printed tools, such as dichotomous keys, which have several educational drawbacks. However, software tools have been developed which enable the creation of interactive identification tools for any group of organisms. Such tools are much more user-friendly than traditional paper-printed keys, can be easily adapted to different educational levels and enable the rapid production of a high number of varied identification tools. Their introduction into the educational world will overcome one of the most serious gaps in biodiversity education: the lack of identification tools adapted to user-specified needs. These tools require the connection of different - presently scattered - databases, including images, sounds, textual descriptions, thesauri of scientific and common names. In particular, KeyToNature plans to improve the searchability and usability of existing digital contents for the emergence of a European educational service related to teaching and learning biodiversity with novel, advanced, and powerful approaches. This raises a series of novel issues and problems, which require solutions at the European level. The main objectives of the project are to: 1) increase access and simplify use of eLearning tools for identifying biodiversity, 2) address interoperability among existing databases for the creation of identification tools, 3) optimise educational efficiency and increase quality of educational contents, 4) add value to existing identification tools by providing multilingual access, 5) suggest best practices against barriers that prevent the use, production, exposure, discovery and acquisition of the digital contents required for designing the identification tools.

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HUDSON Raymond


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Participants

Coordinator: UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE, ITALY

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE ITALY
EVOLARIS NEXT LEVEL PRIVATSTIFTUNG AUSTRIA
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BELGIUM
BIKAM EOOD BULGARIA
JULIUS KUEHN-INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER KULTURPFLANZEN GERMANY
T. & B. E ASSOCIATI SRL ITALY
GIUNTI LABS S.R.L. ITALY
TARTU ULIKOOL REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA
PRIRODOSLOVNI MUZEJ SLOVENIJE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA ROMANIA
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS SPAIN
STICHTING EXPERTISECENTRUM VOOR TAXONOMISCHE IDENTIFICATIES THE NETHERLANDS
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UNITED KINGDOM

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