Examples of stylistic and typographic elements in legacy publications that delay the structured extraction of data: a) ranges or more than one value in one field; b) non-metric units which have to be converted to the SI system; c and d) unclear meaning of symbols; e) font type may cause problems in reading and/or optical character recognition (e.g. misinterpreting an “e” as “c” or “o”; "ll" as "11" or "U", "C" as "C" or "O") (based on a slide by Aglaia Legaki, Gabriella Papastefanou and Marilena Tsompanou).

  Part of: Faulwetter S, Pafilis E, Fanini L, Bailly N, Agosti D, Arvanitidis C, Boicenco L, Capatano T, Claus S, Dekeyzer S, Georgiev T, Legaki A, Mavraki D, Oulas A, Papastefanou G, Penev L, Sautter G, Schigel D, Senderov V, Teaca A, Tsompanou M (2016) EMODnet Workshop on mechanisms and guidelines to mobilise historical data into biogeographic databases. Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e9774. https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.2.e9774