The database of mybiosis.info is populated and queried via an 100%
online environment called mybiOSis toolkit. The toolkit User
Interface (UI) philosophy is to keep participants
in a familiar area by emulating the feeling of a desktop environment.
Although the windows/applications loaded in this environment
follow general rules in terms of organization, mybiOSis toolkit
is nothing like a regular website: it does not have a rigid
structure/template that is seen in most portals/webpages.
We choose this type of interface mainly because:
it is a familiar interface: most of us use primarily a desktop/laptop OS like (Windows, Mac or Linux) and therefore most of
UI features do not have to be explained extensively
(windows, menus, task bars, desktop icon entities etc.).
it is flexible: this organization allows its members to shape/customize
user environment so that it really becomes a familiar place
(some customization functions are already provided, other will come).
mybiOSis toolkit virtually aims for creation of an continuously
evolving environment which shapes with the interest of person that uses it.
it is scalable: this type of UI is already proved extensible enough
to incorporate an unlimited number of applications & functions.
it is integrative: it may accommodate various projects and types
of users making it a perfect choice for reusing same resources
in various context (no duplication of resources and no additional maintenance needed).
Although the software development initially focused primarily on
recording occurrence observations & phenotypic information of
taxa from members and scientific literature digitization,
with time, other applications were developed for aiding
identification of taxa (ID keys : dichotomous keys, visual keys etc.),
producing maps, managing projects data, managing scientific literature,
outreach of projects to classic web, mobile data collection etc.
With UBA project
the water quality assessment prototype tools were added.
The array of applications may increase without restrictions with addition
of new projects.
Particular for mybiOSis environment are its tools for
interaction among members: activity by the minute, forum,
Facebook integration like login/digital object dissemination etc.
These both assure cohesion among participants activities
as well as a quality control of deposited digital objects.
In a sense, mybiOSis toolkit interface has a structure that emulates
portals for social interactions, but it integrates them within
the realm of biodiversity and taxonomy tasks.
This enhances the productivity of the project in general
or of separate tasks in particular.
The current version of mybiOSis toolkit is called kladOS.
For this version the software library that renders the desktop and its windows
was entirely written by us so that we have more control on the behavior
of its UI components. Some distinctive features of the new version are:
system memorizes applications left open and reloads them at revisiting the system.
system memorizes the preferences of a user for size and position of windows of an application;
these two features allow a user to arrange applications on “desktop” and keep them in this setting indefinitely without need of additional browsing or resizing and drag& drop operations.
Project Views (PVs) feature was developed so that kladOS may take
many shapes suiting the individuality needs of various projects hosted by mybiosis.info.
A PV may have its own desktop background, banner and
title making mybiosis.info environment a very good choice for projects
run by other institutions/entities.
classic NDOR view
There is even possibile to login
directly into distinct PVs without entering in the classic
interface of the Nature Digital Object Repository.
Selections of applications with certain focus can be defined for each of the PVs.
However, the system still allows users of various PVs to customize their interface
by dragging application icons from the Application directory into the PV main menu.
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