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Presented in EOL Rubenstein Fellows orientation workshop 19 March 2010. Explains how classifications are obtained and used in EOL.

Presented in EOL Rubenstein Fellows orientation workshop 19 March 2010. Explains how classifications are obtained and used in EOL.

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    Classifications in EOL Classifications in EOL Presentation Transcript

    • Our challenges
      • 1.9 million species ≠ 1.9 million names
      • Millions of content objects, some with invalid names
      • Disagreement among taxonomists
      • Propagation of errors
      • Lack of completeness
      • Need a consensus browsing hierarchy
      • Need quality
      • Need scalability – we have ONE taxonomist on staff
    • 1.3 million pages
    • What if we get content that is not in Catalogue of Life?
      575,000!
    • Alternate browsing classifications
    • Alternate browsing classifications
    • Updating EOL
      • Can add and set preferred vernacular names
      • Find source of problems (e.g. Flickr), urge them to fix
      • Report to COLP and ITIS
      • Add comments on offending object, or explanatory text object on EOL page
      • LifeDesks – export classification and offer to COL
    • Future directions
      • Import LifeDesk hierarchies into EOL
      • Make non-COL names easier to navigate to while browsing
      • Hope that COL gets more dynamic, and
      • GNA/GNITE
      • Other ideas . . .
    • Global Names – Interface for Taxonomic Editing
    • External sources
      User registry
      GNA - CLRRepository mirror
      IPT
      POSTBOX
      Annotation
      Names / relationships
      Local classifications
      Hierarchy
      merge
      Names management
      GNI
      RGs
      Repository
      GNUB
      RG management
      Nomenclatural
      (& taxonomic)
      needs
      All names
      Parsing
      All usages
      CheckListBank
      vernaculars management
      Lexical
      Surrogates
      Homotypic
      reconciliation
      Homonyms / Chresonyms
      Heterotypic
      reconciliation
      reference management
      INTERFACE
      • Overall flow – from an external source, converted to DWCA and dropped into the classification repository, from which information is drawn into an instantiation of GFNIRE and worked on
      • Result returned to CLR, available to EOL or 3rd parties for re-use
      Web and stand-alone
    • The toolkit will extend LifeDesks / ScratchPads taxonomic editor
    • Schedule
      GNITE v 1 expected July, but seeking beta testers
      We will create a composite classification from parts we have assembled in GNA CLR, and this will provide raw materials for others to work with