De walt ecn_2012

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De walt ecn_2012

  1. 1. Species File Software: A foundation for taxonomic database development R. Edward DeWalt University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute Illinois Natural History Survey Mission: To provide software and services to taxonomists studying the Earth’s biodiversity.
  2. 2. • “Provide software and services to taxonomists” and let them get back to work! • Long-term commitment o $10 million endowment supported o Franchise-level programmers o Matt Yoder (MX dev.) o Dmitry Dmitriev (3i dev.) • Growing community of users • Rich taxonomic tradition of INHS Species File Software
  3. 3. • Nomenclatural and associated data • Internet-based workbench • ICZN encoded/enforced • Data checked for consistency and completeness – Real time – Post data entry » Editor driven fixes » Automated fixes • Extensive search capabilities • Public and private SFs • Extensive help wiki Software Features
  4. 4. • Global data portals • CoL: annual & more often • GBIF: IPT—DwC-A • Scratchpads • EoL • Web services • Data standards • DwC-A • Life Science Identifiers • Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) • Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license Serving a Global Community
  5. 5. Total Taxon Names & Valid Species 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 45000 Total Names Valid spp. #Names 93475 56882
  6. 6. Citations, Images, Specimen Records 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 140,000 160,000 180,000 Citations Images Specimens Records 374079 98180 100703 Count
  7. 7. Orthoptera Species File—Our Flagship
  8. 8. Full list of search categories • Data source • Ecological Relationship • Expert • Faunal list • Person • Publication • Reference • Scrutiny • Specimen record • Specimen depository • Statistics • Taxon A “Taxon” search
  9. 9. And more!! A taxon page
  10. 10. • URLs may be used elsewhere • citations for specific searches possible A “Faunal list” search
  11. 11. Legacy Database Migration •Pipeline for import, Matt’s Taxonifi •Coming o Lygaeoidea SF (from Toby) In progress o Chalcidoidea SF In progress o Lepidoptera SF (LepIndex) Planned o Termite SF Planned o Add your SF here
  12. 12. Announcing Fossil Insect Species File • Author: Dr. Sam Heads of INHS • Global coverage • >20,000 species plus higher taxa • Type specimens • Literature • Images • Paleontological metadata—strata
  13. 13. The Future of Species Files • Addition of more species files • New CMS: homepage and taxon page flexibility • Expand workbench for revisionary systematics • MX & 3i features added • Integrate with other frameworks o Global Names Architecture o iDigBio o i4Life • Consult/Collaborate w/ taxonomists on proposals and use cases
  14. 14. Become a Species File Curator Contact us R. Edward DeWalt dewalt@illinois.edu http://help.speciesfile.org

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