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link bot for species databases?

Peter Uetz

I wonder if anyone could write (or has written) a bot to link the entries in wikispecies to the entries of individual species databases (or create such wikispecies entries in the first place).

The Catalogue of Life is compiled from about 100 individual species databases (http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/info/databases), each of which has much more information than the CoL excerpts from them. For instance, I maintain the Reptile Database (http://www.reptile-database.org) which lists almost 10,000 species, many of which do not have a wikispecies entry.

It would be great to have a bot that (1) links from each wikispecies to its respective entry in the species database and (2) updates that link once the name changes (which, unfortunately happens quite often). Obviously, this should be done for each species database as well as other metadatabases such as EoL or the NCBI taxonomy database.

Thanks and cheers,

Peter



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Re: link bot for species databases?

Alex Plantema
Op zondag 13 januari 2013 02:42 schreef Peter Uetz:

> I wonder if anyone could write (or has written) a bot to link the
> entries in wikispecies to the entries of individual species databases
> (or create such wikispecies entries in the first place).  

I think if such links would be created by a bot, they should be distinguishable from manually created links,
because it will be hard to avoid that unrelated articles will be linked as well.

Alex.


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