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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:. Trends:

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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

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Things are changing:

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
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Realising potential & meeting expectations

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 atomised 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
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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
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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)
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INOTAXA Prototype

Simple Search

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

Results list display:

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INOTAXA Prototype

Treatment display:

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INOTAXA Prototype

Key display:

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INOTAXA Prototype

Advanced search

  • Searches across 53 indexed fields
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INOTAXA Prototype

Advanced search

  • Uses Boolean logic
  • allows sorting of specimen data retrieved
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INOTAXA Prototype

Advanced search

  • Returns treatments, keys, specimen data
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INOTAXA Prototype

Advanced search

  • Returns treatments, keys, specimen data
atomised specimen data
Atomised 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)
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INOTAXA Prototype

GBIF data for all Attelabidae

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INOTAXA Prototype

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

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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
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INOTAXA Prototype

  • Accepted names
  • All names
  • Keys
  • Images

Browse Geographic hierarchies:

  • Specimen records
  • Gazetteer
  • People
  • Publications
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INOTAXA Prototype

  • Publications
  • Treatments
  • Keys
  • Images of
  • Images by

Browse People hierarchy

  • Person detail
  • Specimens collected
  • Specimens determined
  • Collecting sites
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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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