News: EOL empowers curators to set preferred classification for taxon pages
This morning, we released an exciting new tool on EOL that lets full curators set the preferred classification for a given EOL taxon page. This new feature was motivated by a number of challenges we faced bringing together data from so any different sources:
1) Sources differ on which name to use for a given organism
2) Some systems of classifying organisms are generally recognized as more complete or more accurate than others, but WHICH system differs depending on where you are in the tree of life
3) Many users want a simpler view on the Overview tab, trusting experts to decide which name and classification makes the most sense.
We’re committed to making sure that all the information provided to us about organism names and classifications are available on the Names tab of each EOL taxon page — check it out! In the future we’ll add the “preferred classification” for each page to our API so that other systems can make use of this information.
Those curators who have been itching to control which name shows up on the top of the page, or which classification is the most prominent for a given organism — go for it! The power is now yours.
You can learn more about how to use this awesome power on our curator help page.
And those of you who just want to be sure that what you see is the best available information about organisms, you can look forward to improvements. Drop a comment if you think the name you are seeing may not be the best one.