I don't know much about the "category system," but if you were to use
Kingdom, Phylum, Subphylum, Family, Class, Order, etc. down to Genus and
Species as categories, that'd make it quite simple. I don't know how you'd
work that, but it would make things simpler.
[mailto:wikipedia-l-bounces@Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Magnus Manske
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Developers needed!
Most of the items on your list can be done without a developer, except for
the "advanced search". I strongly suggest that you use the template system
for filling in the data, not just because of the unified look of things, but
also because other software could then extract the information (e.g., for
statistical purposes). This can also be used to maintain the category system
(where you pass a parameter "family=xyz", the template could do both
"[[xyz]]" and "[[category:Family xyz]]").
It would be best if you had a demo system set up to play around with.
Benedikt Mandl wrote:
in case you havn't read my initial e-mail: I am currently trying to
establish a wiki-based, open species directory at www.wikispecies.org/
which is meant to become a wikimedia project.
I got some support for contents by a range of wikipedia writers, but
what I really need now are developers who set up a basic structure so
that we can get started. Jimbo Wales suggested that the inital
wikispecies would be basically the same as the one of wikipedia.
I evaluated some species data bases and based on that I worked out a
structure: a main page with search functions and sub-pages for an
individual species/genus/family and so on, whith different features
that can be searched for (for details see bottom of this e-mail).
If you think you can help, please let me know - every support is much
MAIN PAGE AND SUBPAGE STRUCTURE
Best viewed at: www.fishbase.org
(though for a rather professional
user, therefore a bit extensive). Main page would need to be a search
page that provides a determination key as well.
A general division in "standard search" and "advanced search" with
details would be good.
NAME (common name, scientific names, synonyms, taxonomic number, etc.)
CLASSIFICATION KEY (classification, would be perfect if we could get a
PDA compatible one for field applications) GLOSSARY FAMILY (loads of
detail search functions, see at fishbase) DISTRIBUTION (loads of detail
search functions see at fishbase: 'country') ECOSYSTEM (loads of detail
search functions, see at fishbase) TOPIC (special topics and articles)
TOOLS (loads of detail search functions, see at fishbase; including a
reference/literature search) BIODIVERSITY MAP (once again: see at
fishbase) MEDIA (maps, films, pictures, if available)
Subpage for species:
CLASSIFICATION (as tree diagram, looks like a path) NAMES MORPHOLOGY
(incl. picture or illustration) BEHAVIOUR RESILIANCE / REPRODUCTION
HABITAT / ENVIRONMENT MEDIA (images, maps, diagrams, videos, etc.)
CLIMATE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE DISTRIBUTION (geographically and in terms
of countries) CONSERVATION STATUS DANGERS REFERENCES
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