The Prometheus II Description Model: an objective approach to representing taxonomic descriptions

MacDonald, Sarah M , Raguenaud, Cedric, Pullan, Martin R , Kennedy, Jessie , Russell, Gordon and Watson, Mark F (2002) The Prometheus II Description Model: an objective approach to representing taxonomic descriptions. Project Report. Napier University, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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A model for improving the storage and communication of plant descriptions is presented. The model is flexible and yet reduces the ambiguity often present in text descriptions. The fundamental idea behind the model is the necessity for clear representation of the meaning of each term used within a description. The model therefore emphasises the assignment of definitions to all taxonomic terms used. This approach will eventually provide a more objective way of expressing plant descriptions that supports their comparison without making assumptions on the semantics of the terms used.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Database model; Taxonomic definitions; Plant descriptions; Specimen characterisation; Comparitive biology;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3023
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 12:48
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 15:12

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