Revista Brasileira de Entomologia Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
Rev Bras Entomol 2017;61:277-81 - Vol. 61 Num.4 DOI: 10.1016/j.rbe.2017.06.005
Review
Species descriptions and digital environments: alternatives for accessibility of morphological data
Thiago Sanches Ranzani da Silva
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Departamento de Zoologia, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
Received 01 March 2017, Accepted 30 June 2017
Abstract

Taxonomists’ efforts throughout history provide significant amount of data that give support for establishing the specific identity of several groups of biological systems. In addition to identifying species, taxonomic research offers a wide range of biological information that can be used in other disciplines, e.g. evolution, ecology, integrated pest management. However, most of this information remains unappreciated due to certain aspects: (1) the advent of analytical tools have led to a shift in interest and investment in researches, focusing mainly in molecular studies; (2) the erroneous concept that the extensive data offered by taxonomic studies can be replaced by other datasets, separating it from its hypothesis-driven and investigative nature; (3) the final products found in taxonomic works are commonly restricted to a small group of researchers, due to its low accessibility and specific language. Considering this last aspect, web-based tools can be valuable to simplify the dissemination of the taxonomic product. Semantic annotation provide a condition in which species descriptions can be readily available and be far more extensive, enabling rapid exchange of countless data related to biological systems.

Keywords
Data accessibility, Interoperability, Annotations, Web-based taxonomy
Rev Bras Entomol 2017;61:277-81 - Vol. 61 Num.4 DOI: 10.1016/j.rbe.2017.06.005