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Introduction - ClassificationBank

Stores taxonomic opinion in the form of classifications, synonyms and citations.

Expert opinion extends NameBank by describing different taxonomic concepts and serving their representative structural, synonymic, and bibliographic elements to enhance information organization and retrieval. ClassificationBank addresses the concept problem by allowing different expert opinions to be expressed within a single system.

ClassificationBank derives it's basic name and reference information from NameBank. NameBank records are combined with expert metadata to represent different expert opinions concerning taxonomic concepts such as a species or a classification of species. Different experts may express different views on the classification and circumscription of the same nominal taxon. ClassificationBank stores these different opinions and serves them as output data objects in a standard output format. These metadata can be used to assist in the organization, indexing, and retrieval of biological data objects.

Expert Names Classification Synonyms

Expert A
1 taxon

Gorilla gorilla

Family Hominidae
Subfamily Homininae
Tribe Hominini
Subtribe Hominina
    Genus Gorilla
              Species gorilla
Gorilla gorilla berengi
Gorilla gorilla graueri
Gorilla gorilla gorilla

Expert B
3 taxa

Gorilla gorilla berengi
Gorilla gorilla graueri
Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Family Pongidae
   Genus Gorilla
     Species gorilla
       subspecies berengei
       subspecies gorilla
       subspecies graueri
no synonyms

Taxonomic concepts can get complicated quickly and there are many was of modelling them. ClassificationBank is one of many taxonomic models and, in general, different systems exist for different, legitimate reasons. ClassificationBank is separated from NameBank specifically so that these different models can share the same set of underlying name facts.


See:

Taxonomy of extant apes and humans

Mountain Gorillas of the Virungas

Western and Eastern Gorillas: Estimates of Genetic Distance

Great Apes Survival Project

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