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Title: Xper²: managing descriptive data from their collection to e-monographs
Authors: Ung, Visotheary
Causse, Florian
Vignes Lebbe, Régine
Keywords: descriptive structured dataknowledge baseinteractive identification keyintegrated platform for identification.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Visotheary Ung, Florian Causse, Régine Vignes Lebbe, Xper²: managing descriptive data from their collection to e-monographs, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, p. 113.
Abstract: Computer Aided Identification (CAI) systems provide users with the resources to relate morpho-anatomic observations with names of taxa, and to subsequently access other knowledge about the organisms. Xper² version 2.1 is one of the most user-friendly software in its category. It provides a complete environment dedicated to taxonomic descriptions management. While assisting taxonomists with knowledge acquisition for identification keys, it also helps with the publication of descriptive data by providing a large panel of tools, including analysis facilities (comparison of taxa or descriptors used), full traceability of information and knowledge (by adding references or external links). Xper² provides excellent support for automatic online publication of descriptive data and free access keys, as well as for exporting of datasets for phylogenetic and systematic research. It focuses on interoperability between systems and can import and export into structured descriptive data format (TDWG-SDD), and export to HTML and Nexus formats. Written in Java, it is available on Windows™ Mac™ or Linux in French, English, and Spanish, and a new Chinese version can also be downloaded. With its intuitive interface, Xper² is aimed at professional taxonomists as well as naturalists who merely want to identify specimens using a readymade application. Xper² is free of charge. It can be downloaded at:
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
Appears in Collections:Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems

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