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Schuh web catalog_ecn_2012

  1. 1. The Current and Future Prospects for Taxonomic Catalogs presented by Randall T. Schuh Curator and Chair Division of Invertebrate Zoology American Museum of Natural History, New York
  2. 2. Scale Insects
  3. 3. Scalenet Queries
  4. 4. Diptera
  5. 5. Spiders
  6. 6. Spiders
  7. 7. On-line Systematic Catalog of Plant Bugs http://research.amnh.org/pbi/catalog Features • Nomenclature and classification • Bibliography • Annotated references • Host information • Geographic information • Portal to other databases/features, such as: – Specimen Database (also via www.discoverlife.org ) – Species mapping (also via www.discoverlife.org ) – Host data from specimens (also via www.discoverlife.org ) – Digital Library – Species pages (via http:// www.discoverlife.org, http://research.amnh.org/pbi/heteropteraspeciespages ) – Web-based identification (via www.discoverlife.org )
  8. 8. Simplified Relational Database Schema
  9. 9. Search by “name” or Taxonomic Hierarchy Names Regions, places Hosts Bibliography Introduction
  10. 10. Results of Search by “Europiella”
  11. 11. References and Hosts for “Europiella umbrina”
  12. 12. Names Competing in Homonymy in Psallus
  13. 13. Miridae Names Placed in “Lygaeus”
  14. 14. Results of Search for Psallus spp. in Nearctic
  15. 15. Results of Search by “Cactaceae”
  16. 16. Bibliographic Titles Containing “Halticus”
  17. 17. Taxa included in Henry, 1991
  18. 18. Hurdles of Relational Database Catalogs •Development and maintenance of the database •Management of synonymy •Recognition and management of homonyms •Creation of master bibliography, or not
  19. 19. Desirable Features • Engage community of experts from around the world in catalog development and maintenance • Continuous updating of catalog will allow for up- to-date contents • Work flow follows organization of revisionary and other taxonomic literature Moving to Web-based Catalog Data Entry
  20. 20. Log-on Page
  21. 21. Select/Choose Bibliographic Entries
  22. 22. Select Taxon by “Drilling Down”
  23. 23. Genus-Group Names Documentation Screen
  24. 24. Create New Generic Name/Type Species
  25. 25. Genus-group Reference Screen
  26. 26. Search for Species-group Names
  27. 27. Species-group Reference Screen: Geography
  28. 28. Continue with Host Data Entry or Synonymy
  29. 29. Add New Host Genus
  30. 30. Synonymy Screen
  31. 31. Select Name of Junior Synonym
  32. 32. • Web-based catalogs are the way of the future • Ongoing need for the recruitment of specialists • Challenges exist for software acceptance and maintenance • Benefits to be gained from working on limited number of compatible approaches Long Term Prospects for Catalogs
  33. 33. Acknowledgments Programming and Design • Mark Breedlove • Simon Chang • Robert Raven • Gary Shapiro Development Assistance • Christiane Weirauch (data-entry application) Financial Support •National Science Foundation • American Museum of Natural History •Global Biodiversity Information Facility http://research.amnh.org/pbi/catalog

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