New WWW bioinformatics site - Vascular Plants

Hugh D. Wilson wilson at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Fri Nov 1 08:05:30 CST 1996

Full text indexing provides a relatively fast, efficient, and simple
alternative to SQL/database manipulation of data on the internet.
Most 'search engines' of the WWW utilize full text indexing and, as the
results of a typical keyword search often indicate, unwanted returns
resulting from query string 'mismatches' represent a 'downside' of this

The Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group and the Biota of North
America Program are collaborating to explore methods that apply full
text indexing to biodiversity data.  An experimental 'Flora2k' system
allows the user to select query strings from a series of alphabetical
menu systems.  These include vascular plant Family and Genus names
(technical/common).  The system uses these 'preformatted' strings to
query an indexed file that carries the BONAP synonymized checklist
(72350 names) with supplementary data (BONAP common names, info on Texas
species, FWS listed taxa).  Matching 'records' (species) are returned
as an HTML page to the user.

The system is available through the BONAP homepage at:

on the 'web applications' page.  Give it a try and let us know how it works."

Hugh D. Wilson
Texas A&M University - Biology
h-wilson at (409-845-3354)

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