Presentation on theme: "Cybertaxonom y Vincent S. Smith The use of computers and networks in a program of taxonomic research."— Presentation transcript:
Cybertaxonom y Vincent S. Smith The use of computers and networks in a program of taxonomic research
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - an online reference for the 1.8 million named species But… Who will write it? Vision of EO Wilson $50m funding (5 years) - MacArthur and Sloan Foundations Science & outreach First release Complete 2018?
Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) - a digital version of the worlds largest natural history libraries 10 N.H. libraries NHM is a key player
Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) - a digital version of the worlds largest natural history libraries 10 N.H. libraries NHM is a key player Content managed by titles - 3,316 volumes - 1,302,530 pages (& counting) The Internet Archive But… Not your papers? Copyright issues
Universal Biological Indexer (uBio) - an index and thesaurus of biological taxonomic names Namebank (10.1m records) Classification bank (1,000s) Provides taxonomically intelligent services for the management & discovery of biological data But… Not on your data
$,£, Ingredients of e-Taxonomy… A-B-C-D-… …-X-Y-Z But… something is missing?
Ingredients of e-Taxonomy… $,£, A-B-C-D-… …-X-Y-Z But… something is missing? You!
Ingredients of e-Taxonomy… You & your data (manage, share & integrate)
Scratchpads Intuitively create, manage and share information on the web for you and your community You & your data (manage, share & integrate)
What is a Scratchpad? Content Management System behind which sits a database
What is a Scratchpad? Content Management System behind which sits a database that is easy to use & infinitely customizable Added taxonomic tools & services
Scratchpad functions … & more Bibliographies Checklists Classifications Custom data sets DNA sequences File stores Fora Image galleries Keys Maps Specimen lists Phylogenies
TEMPLATEPhasmidsCockroachesBlack fliesLiceFungus Gnats MilichiidaeNanofossilsCosta RicaBees MalvaceaeDung beetlesPolychaetesFossil Insects BirdsSolanaceaeCoralsMosquitoes Creating a new Scratchpad TEMPLATEMASTER
How to get a Scratchpad Biological Focus External Collaborator Signup Requirements Name Scope Mission statement (Sub)domain name 3rd party API keys Signup Form
Scratchpad Testdrive Username: test Password: password Sandbox Automatically resets every hour
Scratchpad Caveats - nothing could possibly go wrong All site changes are archived (citable) Central backup every - Day (last 7) - Week (last 8) - Month (last 12) - Year (last ?) Functionality warnings given in the screencast videos Tasks are graded 1. No experience required 2. Basic experience needed 3. For an experienced user
Where is this leading… You
Where is this leading…
- the way we publish is changing The Scratchpads, EOL, & their successors will part of this change Ultimately, these will become the publication These capture the Scientific process as well as the product
Acknowledgements Simon Rycroft (Zoology) Dave Roberts (Zoology) Malcolm Scoble & Chris Lyal Rod Page (Univ. of Glasgow)