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We will demonstrate the features of Euler/X, a toolkit in development for logicbased multitaxonomy integration. The Euler project (see http://euler.cs.ucdavis.edu/; software code available at https://bitbucket.org/eulerx/eulerproject) utilizes the taxonomic concept approach to represent perceived taxonomic entities in two or more related yet distinct classifications. Euler/X will read in these taxonomies together with an initial set of expertmade concept relationship assessments, or articulations. The latter are based on Region Connection Calculus (RCC5) relations; specifically congruence (=), proper inclusion (>), inverse proper inclusion (<),><),>, representing different ways to merge the input taxonomies, are visualized. Upon viewing the possible worlds the expert user has followup opportunities to revisit articulations that are responsible for ambiguities in the merge, thereby reducing the number of possible world solutions. We demonstrate the Euler/X workflow and related considerations and challenges using the example of a Perelleschus concept history published by Franz & CardonaDuque, 2013 [1]. This weevil genus was revised in 2001 and again in 2013, resulting in two distinct taxonomic and phylogenetic perspectives that can be aligned and merged with the toolkit. Euler/X implements innovative concepts and logic representation technologies that advance the task of tracking classification and phylogeny provenance in systematics, with implications for biodiversity data annotation and integration.
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