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Delivering a name-server for biodiversity information

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C Hussey ,

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom, GB
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S Wilkinson,

Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1JY, United Kingdom, GB
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J Tweddle

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom, GB
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Abstract

The number of online resources for biodiversity information is growing. Names of organisms underpin access to information but present a number of unique problems when used as search terms. We examine these problems and assert that a taxonomic name-server or thesaurus is necessary to enable optimal retrieval of records from multiple datasets. A simple solution is presented, based upon our experience working with "real-world" data in the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) in the United Kingdom. The NBN provides access to over 18 million observational records and incorporates a nomenclator covering 198,000 names.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.5.18
How to Cite: Hussey, C., Wilkinson, S. & Tweddle, J., (2006). Delivering a name-server for biodiversity information. Data Science Journal. 5, pp.18–28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.5.18
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Published on 28 Jun 2006.
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