Ornithology Based on Linking Bird Observations with Weather Data

  • Mikko KohoEmail author
  • Eero Hyvönen
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8798)


This paper presents the first results of a use case of Linked Data for eScience, where 0.5 million rows of bird migration observations over 30 years time span are linked with 0.1 million rows of related weather observations and a bird species ontology. Using the enriched linked data, biology researchers at the Finnish Museum of Natural History will be able to investigate temporal changes in bird biodiversity and how weather conditions affect bird migration. To support data exploration, the data is published in a SPARQL endpoint service using the RDF Data Cube model, on which semantic search and visualization tools are built.


Link Data Bird Migration Weather Variable SPARQL Query Nature Observation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



This work has been supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd., National Research Data Initiative (TTA)(, and the Linked Data Finland project ( funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) of 20 partners.

Ornithological society Tringa( provided the data used in this research. Hundreds of volunteers at Halias have helped by gathering the data. Miika Alonen from Aalto University’s Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) gave support in visualizing the data. Jouni Tuominen from SeCo contributed to developing the visualization web service.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikko Koho
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Eero Hyvönen
    • 2
    • 3
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen
    • 4
  1. 1.CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.EspooFinland
  2. 2.Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)Aalto UniversityEspooFinland
  3. 3.Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.The Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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