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Systematics Section / ASPT

Freeland, Chris [1], Holland, Douglas [2].

Botanicus.org: demonstrating a Web 2.0 interface to digitized taxonomic literature.

The Missouri Botanical Garden has been digitizing taxonomic literature since 1995, starting with rare monographic works presented to users as a collection of static HTML pages. Since that time we have changed our selection criteria to include large multi-volume journals and have radically changed how we manage and serve those digitized volumes to users. The culmination of this work is now available online at Botanicus.org.
Translating the experience of using a physical bound object to an online display of that object is difficult and has been limited by technological gaps in supported browser functionality. MBG is not alone in this effort to digitize literature; many natural history museums and libraries have begun scanning materials individually. As large-scale scanning efforts like the Biodiversity Heritage Library emerge, a new interface into that digitized literature is required.
Web 2.0 is a term for the paradigm shift in web publishing from individual sites and static content to service-aware web applications that provide robust computing environments. Applications like Google Maps have shown how content can be integrated from disparate sources using open APIs and presented to users in a sophisticated interface within a standard web browser. Further, wikis and other editing systems have shown promise for how a community of users can edit, annotate, and interlink textual materials. Those users now expect the same rich environment for digitized scientific literature.
MBG is developing one such interface for scientific literature at Botanicus.org. Through integration of service-based applications, we are building a system that will allow users to view, edit and annotate scientific texts and interlink nomenclatural databases using taxonomic intelligence. The presentation will cover the system design in full, as well as demonstrate the components already deployed and in use at Botanicus.org.

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1 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Information Technology/Research, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63110, USA
2 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Research, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63110, USA


Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: CP19
Location: PDR 2/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 3:00 PM
Number: CP19008
Abstract ID:45

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