Litchi is the name we gave in Cardiff to two software systems for
investigating the relationships between two taxonomic checklists.
There were two official funded projects which supported the development of the Litchi software.
Further investigation and experimental implementation of taxonomic checklist cross-mapping techniques
is being carried out
in the Biodiversity Informatics Group
in the School of Computer Science & Informatics
at Cardiff University.
The stand-alone Windows software produced in the first project is now called Litchi 1.
The second version of Litchi ("Litchi 2") is a web-based application.
Original Litchi project
The original BBSRC-funded project developed what is now called Litchi 1,
a stand-alone Windows application.
It focussed on the application of a set of rules to determine "conflicts" between the two checklists,
so that the checklists could be merged semi-automatically (with expert assistance)
into a single "consensus" checklist.
Litchi 2 project
Litchi 2 is a web application
developed during the EU-funded EuroCat project.
In Litchi 2, users can upload checklists to a server, where a set of rules (translated into Java)
can be used to create a "cross-map" representing the relationships between the two checklists which the rules discover.