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DPhil Student co-authors study on top 10 reptiles


Gonzalo Diaz, a Computer Science DPhil student, has co-authored a study on the world’s 10 most popular reptiles. He is part of a research team that included zoologists, geographers and computer scientists. They used data taken from Wikipedia to measure the interest of website users in particular reptiles. The study revealed that the Komodo dragon heads the list as most popular reptile. Gonzalo comments, 'The network of online and cross-referenced information repositories known as Linked Data has allowed us to gather information about most known reptile species. We see potential in using data-driven approaches to study the cultural impact of global species through their online footprint. Wikipedia page-view counts are just one of many metrics that can be explored.'

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