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Herbarium Networks Part IV: Demonstration of a prototype web interface for a ‘Filtered Push’ network to enable discovery, filtering, and annotation of botanical and other natural history specimen data.

Macklin, James A.1, Morris, Paul J.2, Iloabachie, Chinua3, Kelly, Maureen1, Lowery, David3, Morris, Robert A.1,3, Tremonte, Donna1, Wang, Zhimin3.

1 Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 01238, USA 2 Harvard University Herbaria and Museum of Comparative Zoology, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 01238, USA 3 Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA

The Filtered Push (FP) project will demonstrate interactions with a prototype network through a newly developed web client. A user can discover and data records known to the network and all annotations based on these records. We illustrate a user interface for three core uses of the network: "find duplicates", "I am interested in", and "make annotation". A find duplicates search enables fast lookup of the collector, collector number, and date collected fields with an ability to filter records returned by the network. These fields support searching by exact match, fuzzy matching, and regular expression pattern matching to enhance the discovery of appropriate records. The "I am interested in" case allows researchers to mine existing network knowledge for thematic queries, for example queries on specific taxa or geography, and to receive notifications of new data and annotations in the network relevant to an existing query. Annotation of records allows users to contribute knowledge about records in their result sets which may be new determinations, additional knowledge about the record, or quality-related issues such as corrections of data capture errors. New annotations are processed and distributed by the network to the relevant owner(s) of the record(s), and made discoverable by any FP client, including the web client. The web client also allows users to download datasets based on their queries in various formats. For more information on the Filtered Push project in general please visit our wiki: http://www.etaxonomy.org/wiki/index.php/Filtered_Push


Questions...

Is the title appropriate or should we focus it more? I left it in the Herbarium Network series...

PJM: Yes, approprate.

Should we include the syndication story? This is easy for us to do and show and may excite the audience.

PJM: Yes.

Should we provide more technical detail about how the interface or the network is built as the focus is somewhat on the software itself?

PJM: Not for this audience, focus should be on demonstrating the use cases.