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The BODC Taxon Browser - A powerful search tool for the discovery of taxonomic information
Hughes, M.; Lowry, R. (2007). The BODC Taxon Browser - A powerful search tool for the discovery of taxonomic information, in: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37: pp. 63-73
In: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37. IOC Workshop Report, 202. VI, 192 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Information systems; Taxonomy; Marine

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Abstract
    The BODC Taxon Browser is used for the discovery of descriptive information about the biological taxa that are held in the archives of the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC). The main aspect of its functionality is the capability of hierarchical searching. This means that on entering a taxonomic search term, the browser will retrieve information for the term and information for all organisms taxonomically related to the term. The framework of the hierarchical search is derived from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Other features include: automatic checking for synonyms where taxonomic names are not valid; search by ITIS code, BODC code, scientific name and common name; filter options to focus the search. This search tool is powerful - it goes beyond simply matching the exact term that is entered and so discovers information which users may not even realise they are looking for!

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