Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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The Taxonomina application
Mohamed Berkani, Anaïs Grand, Annemarie Ohler, Alain Dubois

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 10
Date: 2014-10-30 02:35 PM – 02:40 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03

Abstract


Taxonomina is a project that was funded by the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) of Paris (France) from 2012 to 2014. It brings together developers and biologists in the field of informatics for biodiversity, and more precisely informatics for nomenclature. Its aim is to build a database and applications allowing the management of scientific names of animal taxa through implementation of the nomenclatural rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). For instance, the user can build a taxonomic classification, consisting of a hierarchy of taxa, and ask the Taxonomina application for the valid names of the nodes of this classification according to the names available in the literature and to the rules of the ICZN (including their complex cases and exceptions). This approach requires having some information about the names themselves (e.g., their nomenclatural availability, their name bearing types, the nomenclatural acts that affected them, etc). For this purpose, the structure of a database has been created and web applications (developed with the framework ExtJS) have been designed for the user to enter the data. We present the user-friendly data entry interface and illustrate how nomenclatural questions can be automatically answered using amphibian names as an example.