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dc.contributor.authorWang, Han
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Nathan
dc.contributor.authorDunn, Katie
dc.contributor.authorMcGuinness, Deborah L.
dc.description.abstractThe Semantic Vernacular System is a novel naming system for creating named, machine-interpretable descriptions for groups of organisms. Unlike the traditional scientific naming system, which is based on evolutionary relationships, it emphasizes the observable features of organisms. By independently naming the descriptions composed of sets of ob- servational features, as well as maintaining connections to scientific names, it preserves the observational data used to identify organisms. The system is designed to support a peer- review mechanism for creating new names, and uses a controlled vocabulary encoded in the Web Ontology Language to represent the observational features. A prototype of the system is currently under development in collaboration with the Mushroom Observer website. It allows users to propose new names and descriptions, provide feedback on those proposals, and ulti- mately have them formally approved. This effort aims at offering the mycology community a knowledge base of fungal observational features and a tool for identifying fungal observations.
dc.subjectSemantic Vernaculars for Fungi
dc.titleSemantic Vernacular System: an Observation-based, Community-powered, and Semantics-enabled Naming System for Organisms

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