Glasgow Taxonomy Name Server

Roderic Page at BIO.GLA.AC.UK
Tue Apr 27 13:50:45 CDT 2004

The "Glasgow Taxonomy Name Server"
( )  is an
experimental web site for finding taxonomic names and classifications.
At present it is populated with names from ITIS and GenBank, with
additional names from Mammal Species of the World.

Users can type in a name (e.g., "Primates") and can browse the
resulting classification. The site features a range of tools for
displaying classifications, such as a hyperbolic tree viewer, as well
as providing classifications in a range of formats for downloading
(such as XML, and dot and GML graph formats).

As well as finding names in the database, the server can look for
approximate matches (rather like Google's "did you mean" feature). For
example, typing in "Dugong dugong" retutns no hits, but the server will
ask whether you meant "Dugong dugong."

The site is experimental, and heavily biased towards animals. It is
mainly a test bed for research on how to query, display, and compare
classifications. There is also some support for web services (enabling
remote querying of other databases).

I would welcome any feedback, comments, or suggestions.


Rod Page

Professor Roderic D. M. Page
Editor Elect, Systematic Biology
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 141 330 4778
Fax: +44 141 330 2792

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