[Taxacom] New feature in BioStor - BHL timelines for Taxonomic names

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Fri Dec 23 05:33:59 CST 2016

Hi Mike,

The results are entirely based on what has been scanned by BHL http://biodiversitylibrary.org  and processed by BioStor. BHL has lots of gaps, hence the results will, be incomplete. Another limitations that the OCR used to extract text from the page images may fail to correctly interpret the words in a page, missing some taxonomic names. It's a tool for discovery.

If you want more coverage, especially more recent papers, then my other literature project BioNames may help, e.g. http://bionames.org/timeline/Animalia/Arthropoda/Insecta/Hemiptera/Homoptera/Auchenorrhyncha/Cicadelloidea

If anyone working at a museum or involved in a scientific society is interested in helping fill in the gaps in BHL then agreeing to have your in-house journal, society publication, etc. scanned would be a very useful, contribution.

Sorry if I'm didn't make the limitations of the timeline tool clear.



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From: Michael Wilson <wilsomichael at gmail.com<mailto:wilsomichael at gmail.com>>
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2016 8:47 am
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] New feature in BioStor - BHL timelines for Taxonomic names
To: Roderic Page <roderic.page at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:roderic.page at glasgow.ac.uk>>

Hi Rod

That looks interesting. I just tried Cicadellinae and the results were variable- but far from complete and nothing after 2010- yet at least 20 papers on new species of this leafhopper subfamily have been published.

Best wishes

Mike Wilson
National Museum of Wales

On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 7:24 AM, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>> wrote:
Dear All,

I've added a feature to BioStor that readers of this list might find useful. If you go to http://biostor.org/timeline.php<http://biostor.org/timeline.php?q=Roncus> and enter a taxonomic name, BioStor will search BHL for that and and return a list of BHL pages and BioStor articles containing that name, and a chart showing the occurrence of the name overtime. For example see http://biostor.org/timeline.php?q=Roncus

For some background see http://iphylo.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/taxonomic-name-timelines-for-bhl.html



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