Taxonomy Viewer

From the National Institute of Genetics, Japan, comes this stunning taxonomy viewer covering the so called “tree of life” – the taxonomy of known cellular organisms. You can zoom and browse to the node level. While it’s a bit clunky to use, the principle of visually displaying a taxonomy from high level to low level in terms of its actual population of content and not its abstract collection of defined nodes, is a powerful one to be able to show how balanced and hospitable a taxonomy actually is. Is anybody using such a tool to monitor the population of a knowledge taxonomy in organisational use?


2 Comments so far

Hi Patrick.

Its very interesting and pretty, but how does one read and interpret it?  I had a look at the link and I’m not much wiser.

Regards, Grahm

Posted on April 07, 2008 at 03:06 PM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

That was my response too… I was more interested in the principle of showing the population of a taxonomy, but yes you would need to be able to drill down in an intuitive way. It may be that scientists familiar with the domain would be able to use the search tools that are evidently provided.

Posted on April 07, 2008 at 03:17 PM | Comment permalink

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