The Prometheus Description Model: An examination of the taxonomic description building process and its representation.

Pullan, Martin R, Armstrong, Kate E, Paterson, Trevor, Cannon, Alan, Kennedy, Jessie, Watson, Mark F, McDonald, Sarah M and Raguenaud, Cedric (2005) The Prometheus Description Model: An examination of the taxonomic description building process and its representation. Taxon, 54 (3). pp. 751-765. ISSN 0040-0262

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A model for representing taxonomic descriptive data is presented. The model has been developed in response to the growing requirement for the global exchange of descriptive data. Meaningful exchange of data requires that data be represented in a form that can be consistently parsed and interpreted, requiring a common data model and the constrained and explicitly defined use of descriptive terms. The model presented here is divided into two parts that address both of these issues. A new data model for the representation and storage of taxonomic descriptive data is proposed that builds on and extends the best features of current descriptive data models and formats. An ontology-based model for defining and constraining the use of descriptive terms is also presented. The model is based on an analysis of current taxonomic working practices and the processes involved in generating a description. The model takes a specimen-oriented approach allowing descriptive data to be represented through a range of levels of abstraction from actual measurements of structures on a specimen to abstract descriptions of the features expected to be found on a specimen that is a member of a particular taxon. A comparison and discussion of the important aspects of the new model relative to existing models is presented.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0040-0262
Uncontrolled Keywords: Botanical Taxonomy; Descriptions; Prometheus Description Model; Taxonomic descriptive data; Ontology;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 578 Natural history of organisms
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 1794
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008 16:06
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 15:32

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