Open Identification API
Jean-Marc Vanel -
Worldwide Botanical Knowledge Base
Copyright J.M. Vanel 2001 - under GNU public licence.
Open Identification API is an open API for
computer-aided interactive Identification (determination) of a biological specimen,
using a abstract model for characters, categories, and the identification algorithm and process itself. It has an implementation too.
Lots of goods programs exist for computer-aided Identification, see for instance:
Programs for Interactive Identification ,
Desirable Attributes for Interactive Programs ,
Digital Taxonomy - Software .
So why create yet another ?
- to provide a state-of-the-art object-oriented framework, to promote code-sharing among scientists and programmers in the field of bioinformatics,
- to provide useful tools for general use in identification problems
We acknowledge the contributions of the whole Delta community, and particularly the Laboratoire Informatique et Systématique with Régine Vigne and Guillaume Rousse. R. J. Pankhurst's book "Practical Taxonomic Computing" has been a useful reference.