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A standard data model representation for taxonomic information.

Kennedy, Jessie, Hyam, Roger, Kukla, Robert and Paterson, Trevor (2006) A standard data model representation for taxonomic information. Omics: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 10 (2). pp. 220-230. ISSN 1536-2310

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Abstract/Description

The names used by biologists to label the observations they make are imprecise. This is an issue as workers increasingly seek to exploit data gathered from multiple, unrelated sources on line. Even when the international codes of nomenclature are followed strictly the resulting
names (Taxon Names) do not uniquely identify the taxa (Taxon Concepts) that have been described by taxonomists but merely groups of type specimens. A standard data model for exchange of taxonomic information is described. It addresses this issue by facilitating explicit communication of information about Taxon Concepts and their associated names. A representation of this model as a XML Schema is introduced and the implications of the use
of Globally Unique Identifiers discussed.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1536-2310
Uncontrolled Keywords: Taxon names; Taxa; Taxonomy; Biological data; Comparisons; Standard data model; XML schema; Global unique identifiers; Computing;
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: 1826
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 10:19
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 14:50
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1826

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