[Taxacom] Wikispecies as a DarwinCore Archive file

Dmitry Mozzherin dmozzherin at eol.org
Tue Dec 27 16:38:03 CST 2011


I did find that Wikispecies successfully compile in a classification.
You can see the resulting DarwinCore file here:

http://betula.mbl.edu/gna_test/wikispecies/wikispecies.zip

(fields 'classificationPath' and 'canonicalForm' in the taxa.txt file
are 'fake' terms added for demonstration purposes)

A few names (about 1000) were not recognizable by algorithms and it
seems most of them need an editorial attention at corresponding
Wikispecies pages.

http://betula.mbl.edu/gna_test/wikispecies/problematic_names.csv

Altogether this little experiment was encouraging. It seems that
converting Wikispecies into a 'formal' classification is a reality.

It does convince me more that Wikispecies can be a collaborative open
alternative to Catalogue of Life and its current workflow can be
augmented with computer algorithms which would extract classification
on a regular basis and  also serve as a quality/integrity control for
the data.

Dima




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