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Concept relationship editor: a visual interface to support the assertion of synonymy relationships between taxonomic classifications
Author(s): Paul Craig; Jessie Kennedy
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Paper Abstract

An increasingly common approach being taken by taxonomists to define the relationships between taxa in alternative hierarchical classifications is to use a set-based notation which states relationship between two taxa from alternative classifications. Textual recording of these relationships is cumbersome and difficult for taxonomists to manage. While text based GUI tools are beginning to appear which ease the process, these have several limitations. Interactive visual tools offer greater potential to allow taxonomists to explore the taxa in these hierarchies and specify such relationships. This paper describes the Concept Relationship Editor, an interactive visualisation tool designed to support the assertion of relationships between taxonomic classifications. The tool operates using an interactive space-filling adjacency layout which allows users to expand multiple lists of taxa with common parents so they can explore and assert relationships between two classifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6809, Visualization and Data Analysis 2008, 680906 (28 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.765540
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Paul Craig, Napier Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jessie Kennedy, Napier Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6809:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2008
Katy Börner; Matti T. Gröhn; Jinah Park; Jonathan C. Roberts, Editor(s)

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