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Computer-Assisted Storage and Retrieval of the Data of Taxonomy and Systematics

Larry E. Morse
Taxon
Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb., 1974), pp. 29-43
DOI: 10.2307/1218086
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1218086
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

This survey concerns computer-assisted storage and retrieval of the data of taxonomy and systematic biology. First, specimen data and ecological data are briefly considered. Next, taxon-level information is discussed, with emphasis on the role of the taxonomic hierarchy in information storage and retrieval. Following that background material, some general conditions under which computer processing of taxonomic information can be of benefit are considered, and some specific criteria for comparing and evaluating taxonomic information systems are suggested. As examples of the various approaches to computer processing of taxonomic information, several recent projects are reviewed. Finally, computer-based information networks are considered as a coming development in taxonomic data processing, to supplement but not replace traditional museum collections and publications.

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