A taxonomically intelligent feed reader

Anglophone readers of Tela Botanica may be glad to know of the excellent « uBioRSS: a taxonomically intelligent feed reader » ( http://names.ubio.org/rss )

uBio has its origins in the MBLWHOI Library in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and began with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The uBio Taxonomic Name Server acts as a name thesaurus.

Names have many different classes of relationships that can be used to organize and retrieve information that is annotated with names. These classes are divided into two inter-connected services.

NameBank is a repository of millions of recorded biological names and facts that link those names together.

ClassificationBank stores multiple classifications and taxonomic concepts that are the result of expert opinions. It extends the functionality of NameBank.

All data within these components are linked to mechanisms that provide credit and attribution to experts who provide name and linkage information within the TNS.

Lastly, NameBank promotes the emergence of a layered biological informatics infrastructure that allows different expert systems to share common information. This conserves scarce resources and enhances the means to support continued expert work.

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  1. Nota bene that uBioRSS is _dynamic_ (just like TelaBotanica RSS).

    Look at the 30-plus trouvailles it served up for me today, obediently, automatically, without pressing any buttons …

    « 1. PHANTASTICA Regulates Development of the Adaxial Mesophyll in Nicotiana Leaves

    « Plant Cell, Vol. 16, No. 5. (1 May 2004), pp. 1251-1262.

    « Initiation and growth of leaf blades is oriented by an adaxial/abaxial axis aligned with the original axis of polarity in the leaf primordium. To investigate mechanisms regulating this process, we cloned the Nicotiana …snip… »


    « 33. Dipsacus sativus

    « Dipsacus sativus

    « I was initially confused while trying to determine the name of this species, and apparently Linnaeus is to blame. My first inclination was to search online for wool and Dipsacus or teasel and discover what species were used for …snip… »

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