Introduction to some tools for creating taxonomic coverages in metadata

EDI webinar on December 18, 2018

Speakers: Margaret O’Brien (UCSB/EDI), John Porter (University of Virginia), Colin Smith (UW-Madison/EDI)

One common way to search for suitable research data is to locate data about a specific organism or group of organisms. Modern taxonomys capture both the names of individual species and the relationships between them, along with hierarchies representing estimated phylogenys. To facilitate searching at a variety of taxonomic levels (species, genus, family, order etc.), metadata needs to include the relevant taxonomic terms. This webinar will discuss how taxonomic information can be incorporated into standardized metadata. Additionally, it will introduce software for the R statistical software that can be used to query existing taxonomic hierarchies and produce the needed metadata elements.

Presentations slides are available on EDI’s github space here.