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The LifeWatch approach to the exploration of distributed species information
Fuentes, D.; Fiore, N. (2014). The LifeWatch approach to the exploration of distributed species information. ZooKeys 463: 133-148. hdl.handle.net/10.3897/zookeys.463.8397
In: ZooKeys. Pensoft: Sofia. ISSN 1313-2989; e-ISSN 1313-2970, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Online taxonomic resources, interoperable web services, information retrieval, taxonomy

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  • Fuentes, D.
  • Fiore, N.

Abstract
    This paper introduces a new method of automatically extracting, integrating and presenting information regarding species from the most relevant online taxonomic resources. First, the information is extracted and joined using data wrappers and integration solutions. Then, an analytical tool is used to provide a visual representation of the data. The information is then integrated into a user friendly content management system. The proposal has been implemented using data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Catalogue of Life (CoL), the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) and the Global Names Index (GNI). The approach improves data quality, avoiding taxonomic and nomenclature errors whilst increasing the availability and accessibility of the information.

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