Ecoparsing case study: modified geoparsing to extract tiger sightings from 19th century travel diaries
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This paper will explore the use of modified geo-parsing techniques to extract data for spatiotemporal incidences of ecological significance. For simplicity, this process will be referred to as ‘eco-parsing’. To illustrate this concept, tiger sightings will be extracted from a corpus of 19th century English language travel diaries for Asia. A prototype eco-parsing tool was developed with a modifiable automated classification systems to promote more probable and relevant sightings to the user for manual resolution. Eco-parsing is method to rediscover underutilised information and bring it to modern use by applying appropriate data standards. The semi-automatic identified spatiotemporal incidences can be mapped and the data extracted for further analysis. The technique is shown to be successful, with some limitations, and the need for further development is demonstrated.