Worldwide Botanical Knowledge Base                        presentation sponsored by REUTERS
Jean-Marc Vanel

GNU-Linux <--> operating systems
WWBKB    <--> biology

XML: no other way!

How did this project come about?

Biodiversity and nature conservancy

==> an inventory of the biological inheritance of our earth has to be done.

There is currently no other botanical project with this scope.
Why ?


make botanical data available on  Internet :

A free sofware / free information project


The data exists

Initial intuitions:

  1. relational DB
  2. uncouple data (XML) and processing: XML engines, relational DB, OO DB, AI engines
  3. offer easy access to detailed knowledge both for the layman and the professional botanist

The metadata

New kind of software needed

A multi-everything browser will in fact be an empty shell that knows only XHTML at start A general and modular tool for manipulating data, of the 3 main kinds: The next killer-app ... A role for Mozilla ? or Gnome? KDE ? or database vendors ?
or will the next Microsoft Wave submerge all ?

WW B KB  building works

2D and 3D images

Botany, Zoology, Ecology and the Semantic Web

Distributed knowledge on the Web, XML protocols

Vision: field observations
You have a portable computer running the  botanical database, with a camera, a GPS, and a wireless Internet connection. Suddenly you meet a remarkable plant; you show it to the computer, which asks you two questions about the number of carpels, and the shape of hairs (answers needs a cutting of the ovary, and lenses). The computer tells you that this a new location of Strasburgeria robusta, which was thought to exist only in New Caledonia. You are proposed to send e-mails to the specialists of the Strasburgeriaceae, and of the region, and to collect a herbarium specimen. Meanwhile this discovery, complete with images and geographical coordinates, is sent to the appropriate server, and the updated repartition map appears on the screen.




structure the presentation as a semantic network