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Collaborations, partnerships, and relationships

Introduction - Collaborations, partnerships, and relationships

uBio has formed alliances, developed cooperative agreements, provided services, and drawn upon the resources of, a wide range of initiatives, researchers, and agencies. We would like to acknowlege their efforts.

We have partnered with the Library of the American Museum of Natural History in a proposal to the NIH to research the use of taxonomic intelligence within Medline, a database of over 16 million biomedical citations and in the development of Taxonomic Name Recognition algorithms.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) provided some of the funding for the digital coversion of the Nomenclator Zoologicus. uBio has also signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with GBIF.
The National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution has partnered with uBio in the digital conversion of Index Animalium. The Smithsonian also gave us permission to undertake the digital conversion of The Catalog of Living Whales. Recently we have been working with the Smithsonian Libraries on solutions to chalanges in the digital conversion of natural history texts.
FishBase is the most comprehensive source of vernacular names for fish. We have mapped FishBase IDs to NameBank IDs to provide conditional linkages to FishBase via LinkIT and NameBank SOAP methods. The uBio Portal also draws upon FishBase thumbnails to generate high-visibility FishBase links in the context of search.
We employ the Integrated Taxonomic Information System as a browser classification within uBioRSS. We also provide an "ITIS button" that allows content providers to conditionally hyperlink names within their content to ITIS through the indexing of ITIS Taxonomic Serial Numbers (TSNs).
We recieved permission to employ the Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Annual Checklist within uBioRSS to provide a comprehensive classification for accessing recent publications. We also map Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life indentifiers to NameBank IDs for outlinking within our SOAP methods and LinkIT.
The uBio Portal accesses distribution data provided by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
FreshwaterLife is using uBio data to test our model of taxonomy in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and to test scale and performance in their new ontology based Ecological Database system.
uBio autoparses Zootaxa, a rapid international journal for animal taxonomists and generates an RSS feed for the current contents.
The Zoological Society of London provided uBio with permission to undertake the digital conversion of Nomenclator Zoologicus, a catalog of zoological genera published between 1758 and 1994.
Index Fungorum provides the fungal names to NameBank and IF primary keys are used to provide conditional linkages back to IF via LinkIT. IF is a component of a uBio proposal to the NIH to address name-based access impediments within Medline.
We employ the NCBI Classification as an alternative method for browsing the recent literature within uBioRSS.
Dr. Christian Thompson provided uBio with catalog of dipteran names from the BioSystematic Database of World Diptera.
Dr. Roderic Page uses uBio name services as a component of the Taxonomic Search Engine. He have provided us with permission to use a set of scripts for searching Google Scholar within the uBio Portal that he developed for iSpecies. uses uBio name services to add vernacular name and synonyms to search algorithms for information retrieval.
uBio provides the taxonomic intelligence to Plankton*Net, a distributed knowlege base of phytoplankton.
uBio provides the taxonomic intelligence to micro*scope, a distributed knowlege base of micro-organisms.
The International Census of Marine Microbes will contribute to, and draw from, uBio name services.
TreeBase has provided us with an initial index of scientific names for mapping via LinkIT and for synonym reconciliation.
The European Register of Marine Species, avilable via Marbef provides uBio with an index of species for addition to Namebank and for use within the portal and uBio tools.

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