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Library interfaces, knowledge graphs, and Miller columns

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Some quick notes on interface ideas for digital libraries and/or knowledge graphs. Recently there’s been something of an explosion in bibliographic tools to explore the literature. Examples include: Elicit...

ChatGPT, semantic search, and knowledge graphs

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One thing about ChatGPT is it has opened my eyes to some concepts I was dimly aware of but am only now beginning to fully appreciate. ChatGPT enables you ask it questions, but the answers depend on what...

ChatGPT, of course

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I haven’t blogged for a while, work and other reasons have meant I’ve not had much time to think, and mostly I blog to help me think. ChatGPT is obviously a big thing at the moment, and once we get past the...

Dugald Stuart Page 1936-2022

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My dad died last weekend. Below is a notice in today's New Zealand Herald. I'm in New Zealand for his funeral. Don't really have the words for this right now.

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David Remsen

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I heard yesterday from Martin Kalfatovic (BHL) that David Remsen has died. Very sad news. It's starting to feel like iPhylo might end up being a list of obituaries of people working on biodiversity...

The ideal taxonomic journal

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This is just some random notes on an “ideal” taxonomic journal, inspired in part by some recent discussions on “turbo-taxonomy” (e.g., https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1087.76720 and...

DNA barcoding as intergenerational transfer of taxonomic knowledge

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I tweeted about this but want to bookmark it for later as well. The paper “A molecular-based identification resource for the arthropods of Finland” doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13510 contains the following: …the...

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Local global identifiers for decentralised wikis

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I've been thinking a bit about how one could use a Markdown wiki-like tool such as Obsidian to work with taxonomic data (see earlier posts Obsidian, markdown, and taxonomic trees and Personal knowledge...

Does anyone cite taxonomic treatments?

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Taxonomic treatments have come up in various discussions I'm involved in, and I'm curious as to whether they are actually being used, in particular, whether they are actually being cited. Consider the...

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Can we use the citation graph to measure the quality of a taxonomic database?

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More arm-waving notes on taxonomic databases. I've started to add data to ChecklistBank and this has got me thinking about the issue of data quality. When you add data to ChecklistBank you are asked to give a...

Linking taxonomic names to the literature

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Just some thoughts as I work through some datasets linking taxonomic names to the literature. In the diagram above I've tried to capture the different situatios I encounter. Much of the work I've done on...

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Round trip from identifiers to citations and back again

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Note to self (basically rewriting last year's Finding citations of specimens). Bibliographic data supports going from identifier to citation string and back again, so we can do a "round trip." 1. Given a...


Thoughts on TreeBASE dying(?)

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@rvosa is Naturalis no longer hosting Treebase? https://t.co/MBRgcxaBmR— Hilmar Lapp (@hlapp) May 10, 2022 So it looks like TreeBASE is in trouble, it's legacy Java code a victim of security issues....


Obsidian, markdown, and taxonomic trees

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Returning to the subject of personal knowledge graphs Kyle Scheer has an interesting repository of Markdown files that describe academic disciplines at https://github.com/kyletscheer/academic-disciplines (see...