Mast, Austin , Riccardi, Greg .
Morphbank (http://morphbank.net) is a mirrored repository of biological images and related information. It provides a secure environment for collaboration, tools for common image analysis and annotation workflows, and a venue for digital object publication. Access to content is managed by content submitters and can be restricted to a specific group of users prior to publication. The published metadata is available in Web pages and in RSS feeds, XML and RDF via Web service interfaces (http://services.morphbank.net/mb). All metadata conforms to community-supported standards (e.g., Darwin Core for specimens).
To date, the Morphbank team has focused on enabling technology for biodiversity research, particularly tools for specimen image curation and annotation and the construction of OTU x character x state matrices from entity x quality annotations of specimen images. In the process, we have built connections to other providers of functionality (e.g., HERBIS, a system which parses OCR text strings into Darwin Core fields) and biodiversity content (e.g., ITIS, a widely used name bank).
Our digital object collection interface with slide-sorter functionality provides the foundation for a suite of image management tools and allows a user to document the universe of digital objects (at least those with a GUID) considered in drawing scientific conclusions. New work is building connections with Specify, a collection management system, and Morphster, an ontology management system.
After a short presentation of the recent and planned development work for Morphbank, we will take the workshop participants through a set of workflows to introduce them to the system.
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1 - Florida State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Tallahasse, Florida, 32306-1100, USA
2 - Florida State University, College of Information, Tallahassee, Florida, 32306, USA
Presentation Type: Workshop
Location: Superior B/Cliff Lodge - Level C
Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM