[Taxacom] Wanted: a page on marking up

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Tue May 15 07:30:29 CDT 2007

Dear Mary

We developed a mark-up schema for taxonomic work (taxonx
(http://taxonx.org)), started to mark up literature (eg the ant literature
of Madagascar (http://antbase.org/databases/madagascar.htm) and plan to
build a dedicated treatment server so the descriptions can easily be
accessed. For the mark up process we developed (and are still in the process
of refining it) a semiautomatic program (goldenGate
http://idaho.ipd.uka.de/GoldenGATE/). You can download it and find there
also a manual.

Taxonx is a leight weight
(http://wiki.cs.umb.edu/twiki/bin/view/Ants/WebHome) schema which can be
integrated into publisher's schema, and which builds upon existing schemas
and standards. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at any time

Good luck and welcome to the party


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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Mary Barkworth
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Subject: [Taxacom] Wanted: a page on marking up

This arises indirectly from the EoL discussion but it is not that.
There have been many posts about marking things up so they can be found.
Is there an abc level page on how to do this? Written for someone so old
she can remember electric typewriters as being new? I have servers with
a fair amount of taxonomic content on the Web (see
http://herbarium.usu.edu/webmanual/ and http://utc.usu.edu/keys/ )  With
Marina Olanova's help I have a translation of Tsvelev's 2006 global
treatment of Glyceria almost ready to post.  It contains a discussion,
listing of species with publication information and some comments, and a
key, and a list of excluded species. It would be nice if this could be
found a year from now because it was marked up correctly.
I would be delighted to mark these up so it would be easier for people
to find them. I am working on putting key words in the headers, but
reading about the semantic Web and following these discussions, I have
the impression there are better ways to do this. So, those of you who
know - please - is there a Web page that explains how in words of one
syllable?  Or do I simply define my own mark up language at the top of
the document?
My suspicion is that there are others like myself who would make their
work more accessible if they knew how - hence my public decision of
admit ignorance. I have already seen some of the grass descriptions
appear, with minor changes (rounding of limits to the nearest 0.5 mm) on
other pages with a somewhat different format. The print publication that
they come from was cited, slightly inaccurately but it was a reasonable

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