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EMu Taxonomy Hierarchy and Collections Online

EMu Taxonomy Hierarchy and Collections Online

Earlier this year we implemented the hierarchical version of the EMu Taxonomy module. This involved replacing our existing Taxonomy module with the new version, KE writing a script to create the new hierarchical relationships between taxonomic ranks, and us doing a significant amount of data cleanup.

A screenshot of the hierarchy tab of the new module is attached.

By implementing the Taxonomy module in this way, we have been able to build a browseable taxonomic hierarchy in our online collection. A couple of examples below:

Polyplacophora http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=47283

Lichens: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=57371

Having an EMu record and Collections Online 'page' for each rank of the hieracy means we can also attach narratives to Taxonomy records at the appropriate rank - see the "Little Blue Penguin" Topic link from this Taxon page:

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=6463

In the next couple of months we are going to be implementing mapping functionality in Collections Online, and having a page for each taxonomic rank will allow us to dynamically map all specimens that sit beneath that rank within that page.

Would be interested in hearing the experiences of any others who have implemented the hierarchical taxonomy module.

Cheers

Philip Edgar


Collection Information Services Manager
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
64 4 381 7353
philipe@tepapa.govt.nz


Attachment: screenshot of allodiscus hierarchy.doc

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