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Precision in accessing the descriptions, keys and other contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Chris Lyal

The Natural History Museum, London

&

Anna L. Weitzman

National Museum of Natural History, Washington


Things are changing: contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Trends:

  • Increase in digital internet search power

  • Increasing digital access to legacy and new taxonomic literature

  • Increasing user expectations of finding required information

    • With precision

    • Rapidly


Realising potential & meeting expectations contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Requires:

  • Means of finding and extracting precise information / data needed

    • highly atomized content

    • efficient storage

    • powerful and flexible interface

    • tailored to meet user needs


Highly atomised content allows
Highly contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototypeatomised content allows

  • reconstruction of taxonomic text in various formats (species pages, keys, checklists, monographs, etc)

  • construction of checklists for geographic areas and taxa

  • automatic links to updated to taxonomy because of interoperability with name authority files

  • automatic links to updated place names because of interoperability with gazetteers

  • linkage to all available related databases


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

INOTAXA Prototype recently placed on web to investigate potential of interface for:

  • Simple search

  • Simple search term restricted by context

  • Image search

  • Advanced search with Boolean logic

  • Browse taxonomically, geographically or by person

  • Comparison of retrieved text with original

  • Extraction and download of specimen data from literature


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Simple Search

  • Search any string in the content

  • Data from all works may be searched or browsed simultaneously

  • Each work may be searched alone

  • Allows context-sensitive searching of data

    • Geography

    • taxon, collector, author etc)


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Simple Search

  • context-sensitive searching of data (geography, taxon, collector, author etc)


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Results list display:


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Treatment display:


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Key display:


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Advanced search

  • Searches across 53 indexed fields


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Advanced search

  • Uses Boolean logic

  • allows sorting of specimen data retrieved


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Advanced search

  • Returns treatments, keys, specimen data


Search history available
Search history available contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Advanced search

  • Returns treatments, keys, specimen data


Atomised specimen data
Atomised contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype specimen data

  • Compatible with automated georeferencing programs

  • Map specimens over time

  • Correlate with collectors’ itineraries to improve natural language locality information

  • Compatible with DwC & ABCD, so that they can be made available to GBIF and others

  • Identifications more reliable than those from specimens

  • Literature offers more data, especially in some fields (especially Entomology)


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

GBIF data for all Attelabidae


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

GBIF data for all Attelabidae + INOTAXA data from a single 1995 paper on the genus Omolabus


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Browse Taxon hierarchies:

(extracted from each work digitized)

  • classifications in which taxon appears

  • treatments

  • keys

  • images

  • specimen records

  • geography (distribution statements)

  • people (collectors, authors)

  • publications


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

  • Accepted names

  • All names

  • Keys

  • Images

Browse Geographic hierarchies:

  • Specimen records

  • Gazetteer

  • People

  • Publications


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

  • Publications

  • Treatments

  • Keys

  • Images of

  • Images by

Browse People hierarchy

  • Person detail

  • Specimens collected

  • Specimens determined

  • Collecting sites


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype


INOTAXA Prototype contents of digitized taxonomic literature: the INOTAXA prototype

Prototype at http://www.inotaxa.org

Feedback sought from all – please see demo

Next steps

  • Multiple classification comparison

  • Improve automation with:

    • Additional mark-up scripts

    • Automated intelligence


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