[seek-taxon] question on search taxonic info

Nico Franz franz at nceas.ucsb.edu
Tue Aug 30 12:02:00 PDT 2005

Hi Laura:

One format that is certainly often used and among the more comprehensive 
ones is IPNI's query - see http://www.ipni.org/ipni/query_ipni.html. I 
think that's fairly traditional. APNI is more concept friendly: 
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Most of this you can reduce to Name 
(Canis), possibly Name Author (L.), Rank (Genus), and AccordingTo (sec. 
L. 1758). As Bob mentioned as well, the AccordingTo is an important part 
of the new research and resolution services we're envisioning. More 
fields will yield more capabilities but at least the three (Name, Rank, 
AccTo) are in my view indispensable for now.



*Nico M. Franz, Ph.D.
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Laura L. Downey wrote:

> I’m designing the advanced search screen for kepler and one of the 
> areas to search is taxanomic information. I’ve looked at several 
> search interfaces and of course taxon name is always there but 
> sometimes rank is also included. In general what are the types of 
> available “fields” you would expect to see in a search on taxonomic 
> information? Right now I’m thinking of including name and rank but 
> wondered if people really use rank or if I’m missing anything critical.
> Users will have the choice of searching the metadata, the data, and or 
> both the metadata and data for taxonomic information.
> FYI in EML the current metadata fields dealing with taxanomic 
> information are:
> taxonomicClassification
> taxonomicCompleteness
> taxonomicCoverage
> taxonomicProcedures
> taxonomicRankName
> taxonomicRankValue
> However, there will be other kinds of metadata associated with date 
> files that will be available in Kepler, such as DIGIR records so I’m 
> thinking that I don’t want to get too specific with fields because we 
> can’t guarantee that every metadata structure we include will have the 
> same fields etc.
> Laura L. Downey
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