The objective of this page is to outline the functionality of a taxonomic comparator process that takes as input two or more taxonomic checklists and performs a series of evaluations to assess areas of overlap and distinction.
Several comparators have been developed in the past.
Taxonomic comparators analyse two or more taxonomic checklists and, depending upon the detail of the source data, perform a series of evaluations.
In some cases the same nominal taxon may be treated in different classifications under different nomenclatural forms. For example, Classification A may refer to a taxon as Pternistes afer (Müller) while Classification B may refer to a taxon as Francolinus after (Müller). A reconciled comparator should be able to identify these two forms as belonging to the same taxon. This functionality benefits from access to nomenclatural authority data and is a recognized use case for the Global Names Usage Bank.
In cases where taxonomic data sources provide synonymy in addition to a list of accepted/valid species, additional evaluations can be performed on the names included within the taxon concept. This can improve the overall assessment.
Multiple panels - One interface presents parallel panels in which different classifications can be loaded. One classification constitutes the Reference Taxonomy and one or more constitute Target Taxonomies. A browse interface provides navigation through the Reference Taxonomy. Corresponding taxa