Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Reviewing data integration and mobilisation using name reconciliation and identifier services
Nicky Nicolson, Robert Turner, Abigail Barker

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-08 09:00 AM – 09:15 AM
Last modified: 2016-10-16


This talk follows on from a TDWG 2015 presentation of an open source toolkit to configure an Open Refine compatible reconciliation service over a tabular file or structured database. Over the past year this kind of service has been intensively used at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to mobile name identifiers and aid data integration in a number of strategic projects.

A concept map will be used to visualise the kinds of data entity available (which are currently managed in separate systems), highlighting integration points, the organising principles (names and taxonomic concepts) to be used in data integration and the kinds of onward links available from representations of name entities (to representations of people, literature and type specimens). Challenges in names based data integration will be highlighted. We will also explore the potential use of expert opinions from intensive use of data services to further augment rules used to match names data.