uBioRSS a taxonomically intelligent feeder reader

David Shorthouse dps1 at UALBERTA.CA
Fri Jan 27 17:47:07 CST 2006

This is a fantastic service! The one thing I couldn't figure out is if these
personalized feeds can actually themselves be in rss format for 3rd party
RSS readers. Putting these in my Outlook blogbot reader would be an
excellent tool.


David P. Shorthouse
Department of Biological Sciences
CW-403, Biological Sciences Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2E9
Phone: 1-780-492-3080
mailto:dps1 at ualberta.ca

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Taxacom Discussion List
>[mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU] On Behalf Of Dave Remsen
>Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 3:50 PM
>Subject: [TAXACOM] uBioRSS a taxonomically intelligent feeder reader
>uBio would like to announce a taxonomically intelligent
>RSS feed reader. This application monitors RSS feeds from
>(currently) about 300 journals and scientific news sources
>and identifies all scientific names within the XML. It
>also follows the associated link back and parses the names
>there. These names are then assembled into taxonomies so
>that the RSS can be browsed. The RSS can be viewed from
>the perspective of the Species 2000 Annual Checklist,
>ITIS, the NCBI taxonomy, and (experimentally) the IUCN
>The application also monitors these feeds for new species
>names, new combinations, new genera, etc. Output from
>these feeds directly into the findiT algorithm lexicons
>providing the algorithm with a self-training mechanism
>(another good Rod Page suggestion).
>You can create a user profile to customize output to a
>subset of journals. You can add specialized species lists
>to monitor or choose a taxon group from a taxonomy. For
>example we monitor all Gulf of Maine species. The output
>can be viewed on the web or as a custom RSS feed itself.
>We also add linkiT functionality that reformats the RSS
>link. Fish names link to FishBase, fungal names to Index
>Fungorum, or any system we can index.
>It has its edges and we are refining them but I hope it
>worth a look and some comments.
>Thanks for your time,
>David Remsen

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