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1 The use of large data sets and information systems in nowadays vegetation research Joop Schaminée & Stephan Hennekens Brest, 4 November 2010, Colloque international Centenaire de la Phytosociologie

2 The history of vegetation data 1915 Oldest relevés according to Braun-Blanquet 1992 First version of Turboveg (DOS-version) 1994 First questionnaire on overview of European vegetation data 1996 Turboveg for Windows 2008 Preslia: overview of European vegetation data 2010 Global Index of Vegetation-plot Databases (GIVD)

3 Content of presentation National vegetation databases Scientific research Information systems

4 National vegetation databases

5 Overview vegetation data Europe CountryTotalComputerizedTurboveg Germany1,600,000 90,000 65,000 Netherlands 700, ,000 France 350, ,000 0 Poland 180,000 15,000 0 Spain 165,000 77,000 15,000 Italy 150,000 20,000 1,000 United Kingdom 132, ,000 26,000 Roumenia 70, Belgium 58,000 45,000 33,000 Russia 57,000 37,000 27,000 Ireland 23,000 10,000 Luxemburg 15,000 14,000

6 Total number of plots - absolute numbers

7 Dutch national vegetation databank 560,000 relevés 10,000,000 geo-referenced species records

8 Information systems

9 Biological information systems are Data base driven Operational on different levels Incorporating a GIS platform Acting as electronic encyclopedia Generating new information by combining data sets Important for nature planning and policy making

10 The input and management of vegetation data

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15 Combining data bases

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18 GIS application

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22 Ordination axes123 Eigenvalues Lengths of gradient Species-environment correlations: - Total (multiple correlation) - Moisture - Productivity - Light availability - Base saturation - Salinity - Temperature

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26 Conclusion The eco-informatics approach opens fascinating and new ways in vegetation research by integrating large databases on different biological levels (species, plant communities, landscape) and by using a GIS platform for the vizualisation of spatial information. The new perspectives can be reached optimal by an open and free exchange of data, in other words by data-sharing and collaboration.

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