- Datathon Case Overview at Ontotext or
- Datathon winner - Revealing Hidden Links Through Open Data at Data Science Society.
I have lots of exciting stuff that is coming up really soon. Later this week I will blog the history of AI.
“A taxonomic unit, whether named or not: i.e. a population, or group of populations of organisms which are usually inferred to be phylogenetically related and which have characters in common which differentiate (q.v.) the unit (e.g. a geographic population, a genus, a family, an order) from other such units. A taxon encompasses all included taxa of lower rank (q.v.) and individual organisms. [...]" (Wikipedia citing the Code).So, the taxon is the natural group taxonomists are studying and we ought to model it in OBKMS!
Okay, so the taxon concept is a circumscription of a taxon by a taxonomist in a written record. So, as the OBKMS will initially process scientific articles, and extract their information, one could argue that the information extracted from the articles will be encapsulated in informational items, which are taxon concepts. So, it is even more natural to model taxon concepts, as well.“A taxonomic concept is the underlying meaning, or referential extension, of a scientific name as stated by a particular author in a particular publication. It represents the author’s full-blown view of how the name is supposed to reach out to objects in nature.”
“The full scientific name, with authorship and date information if known. When forming part of an Identification, this should be the name in lowest level taxonomic rank that can be determined. This term should not contain identification qualifications, which should instead be supplied in the identificationQualifier term.
Examples: ‘Coleoptera’ (order), ‘Vespertilionidae’ (family), ‘Manis’ (genus), ‘Ctenomys sociabilis’ (genus + specificEpithet), ‘Ambystoma tigrinum diaboli’ (genus + specificEpithet + infraspecificEpithet), ‘Roptrocerus typographi (Györfi, 1952)’ (genus + specificEpithet + scientificNameAuthorship), ‘Quercus agrifolia var. oxyadenia (Torr.) J.T. Howell’ (genus + specificEpithet + taxonRank + infraspecificEpithet + scientificNameAuthorship).”So the scientific name is the symbol that stands for the taxon in nature. In a sense, the taxon is forever inaccessible to the world of informatics, as we cannot speak directly of it. Only the act of naming creates a connection between the world of thought and the real world. So we do not need to model taxa! We need to model scientific names!
|Here, I am pictured examining a small insect---probably a Coleopteran---under a microscope in the field station in Havraniky. This work was fun but very time-consuming. I learned to appreciate the expertise that professional taxonomists have. I really thank Emanuel from BIG4 for teaching me about Coleoptera identification and Prof. Ximo Mengual for teaching me about Diptera recognition. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to learn Lepidoptera or Hymenoptera.|
|After collecting in the field, and identifying in the station we visit local wineries. The area around Podyji is known for its white wines.|