[Taxacom] iSpecies automated tagging

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Thu Jul 31 12:05:21 CDT 2008

Genbank has over 20,000 annotations concerning taxonomic names, and in  
some cases is more up to date (and better linked to the relevant  
literature) than sources such as ITIS or the Catalogue of Life.



On 30 Jul 2008, at 22:38, Geoff Read wrote:

>>>> On 30/07/2008 at 9:56 p.m., Roderic Page <R.Page at bio.gla.ac.uk>  
>>>> wrote:
>> I've added an experimental feature to iSpecies (http://ispecies.org),
>> namely automated "tagging". Keywords from any article titles and
>> Wikipedia entries are extracted and displayed as tags (see
>> http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2008/07/ispecies-gets-automated-tagging.html
>> for details).
>> It's all a bit crude, but seems a surprisingly effective way to get a
>> snapshot of what we know about a taxon.
> That's great.  However, as a side issue, since this is a taxonomy  
> list, I'm wondering about the blog example Helice crassa, suddenly  
> in Wikipedia very recently becoming Austrohelice crassa  
> (Austrohelice apparently a monotypic genus), without apparently  
> raising an eyebrow amongst the Wikipedians, and more importantly,  
> without a reference, or comment.  I mean - isn't the why  
> interesting?  Would be to me as a reader. Strange. There's a little  
> bit more under Varunidae, but no page for Austrohelice.
> Good to see though that GenBank is up with it, thanks to someone,  
> and has the monograph ref.
> Cheers,
> Geoff
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