TraitBank release notes
OK, we’ve now officially launched TraitBank after a period of quiet testing and over a year of planning, development and late-night Taco Bell visits.
New to TraitBank? Learn the TraitBank basics then try out our nifty new TraitBank data search facility for starters.
We are eager to hear your responses to the new functionality and data. Please note that there are already quite a few things on our list of “things we’d like to do”. We would value your feedback to help us focus on what’s most important to you.
- Data records and attributes in TraitBank are just the tip of the iceberg so far. We’ll planning to add many more sources, including detailed morphological data, so stay tuned. If you want your own dataset to appear on EOL pages, please contact us.
- We’re very interested in basic visualizations of TraitBank data that could help people explore and draw meaning from large amounts of data. If you develop such visualizations using EOL, please do let us know.
- We are aware that we still have more than one attribute with the same label and the same or similar definitions. Where we can we plan to merge these. In some cases we can re-import the data but in others we’ll need to tell our system that the two attributes are similar enough that we can merge them,
- It isn’t possible yet to search or download ecological association data records.
- As with most text mining projects, the data from one of our largest sources, ENVIRONMENT-EOL are not perfectly clean. They will be improving over time. Please leave comments on all wrong or awkward data records, and if you are a curator please do use the hide link to keep them from being shown to all users.
- We know that some attributes are subsets of others or of some higher category (such as “size”) but we haven’t enabled any interesting semantics that help out machine reasoning.
- While we have some information about type specimens in TraitBank, we haven’t come to a final solution on the best way to deal with types. Your input would be welcome.
- Some basic statistics about TraitBank holdings are already in our site statistics, but there’s much more we could do with this.
- We know that it will be useful to have an advanced search that allows you to combine attributes with each other or with a geographic search.
- For those of you who want machine access to the data we are considering a SPARQL endpoint and/or API access. For the moment, we are facilitating downloads that are as complete as possible.
- We will be developing richer documentation over the next few months. Please let us know what you are most interested in knowing.
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