Classifications in EOL

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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

  1. 1. Our challenges<br /><ul><li>1.9 million species ≠ 1.9 million names
  2. 2. Millions of content objects, some with invalid names
  3. 3. Disagreement among taxonomists
  4. 4. Propagation of errors
  5. 5. Lack of completeness
  6. 6. Need a consensus browsing hierarchy
  7. 7. Need quality
  8. 8. Need scalability – we have ONE taxonomist on staff</li></li></ul><li>1.3 million pages<br />
  9. 9. What if we get content that is not in Catalogue of Life?<br />575,000!<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11.
  12. 12. Alternate browsing classifications<br />
  13. 13. Alternate browsing classifications<br />
  14. 14. Updating EOL<br /><ul><li>Can add and set preferred vernacular names
  15. 15. Find source of problems (e.g. Flickr), urge them to fix
  16. 16. Report to COLP and ITIS
  17. 17. Add comments on offending object, or explanatory text object on EOL page
  18. 18. LifeDesks – export classification and offer to COL</li></li></ul><li>Future directions<br /><ul><li>Import LifeDesk hierarchies into EOL
  19. 19. Make non-COL names easier to navigate to while browsing
  20. 20. Hope that COL gets more dynamic, and
  21. 21. GNA/GNITE
  22. 22. Other ideas . . .</li></li></ul><li>Global Names – Interface for Taxonomic Editing<br />
  23. 23. External sources<br />User registry<br />GNA - CLRRepository mirror<br />IPT<br />POSTBOX<br />Annotation<br />Names / relationships<br />Local classifications<br />Hierarchy<br />merge<br />Names management<br />GNI<br />RGs<br />Repository<br />GNUB<br />RG management<br />Nomenclatural<br />(& taxonomic)<br /> needs<br />All names<br />Parsing<br />All usages<br />CheckListBank<br />vernaculars management<br />Lexical<br />Surrogates<br />Homotypic<br />reconciliation<br />Homonyms / Chresonyms<br />Heterotypic<br />reconciliation<br />reference management<br />INTERFACE<br /><ul><li>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
  24. 24. Result returned to CLR, available to EOL or 3rd parties for re-use </li></ul>Web and stand-alone<br />
  25. 25. The toolkit will extend LifeDesks / ScratchPads taxonomic editor<br />
  26. 26. Schedule<br />GNITE v 1 expected July, but seeking beta testers<br />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<br />

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