Nomencurator: a nomenclatural history model to handle multiple taxonomic views
Nomencurator is a database model designed to assist taxonomists.
A three-layered data model for a nomenclature database has been developed in order to elucidate the implicit assumptions in taxonomic nomenclature and as a means to organise and manage a large, dynamic knowledge-base. In contrast to most other taxonomic databases, the model is publication-oriented rather than taxon-oriented and dynamic rather than static. The three-layered structure requires data integrity localised to each publication, instead of global data integrity, which relaxes constraints common to taxonomic databases and permits multiple taxonomic opinions: taxon names are made available as meta-data within the model. Its prototype implementation, written in C++, has an autonomous self-identification mechanism to avoid spurious data-inflation. Self-identification is also desirable for distributed implementations of the nomenclature database. The publication-oriented design also makes maintenance easier than for taxon-oriented databases, with much of the maintenance workload being amenable to automation. The three-layered data model was designed for use by taxonomists, but is also able to provide concise, reduced expression for non-experts required in biodiversity research, for example.
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