Visual Exploration of Alternative Taxonomies through Concepts

Graham, Martin and Kennedy, Jessie (2007) Visual Exploration of Alternative Taxonomies through Concepts. Ecological Informatics, 2 (3). pp. 248-261. ISSN 1574-9541

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A graphical user interface is presented that allows users of taxonomic data to explore concept relationships between conflicting but related taxonomic classifications.
Ecological analyses that use taxonomic metadata depend on accurate naming of specimens and taxa, and if the metadata involves several taxonomies, care has to be taken to match concepts between them. To perform this accurately requires expert-defined concept relationships, which are more complex yet more representative than the simple one-to-one mappings found through simple name matching, and can accommodate nomenclatural changes and differences in classification technique (cf ‘lumpers’ versus ‘splitters’). In the SEEK-Taxon (Scientific Environment for Ecological Knowledge) project we aim to help users of taxonomic datasets untangle and understand these relationships through a prototype visual interface which graphically displays these relationship structures, allowing users to comprehend such information and more accurately name their data.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1574-9541
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biology; Concepts; Taxonomy; Names; Visualization; Computer program;
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 > 004 Data processing & computer science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Item ID: 3032
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 14:56
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2013 14:15

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