Linking NCBI to Wikipedia: a wiki-based approach

Page, R.D.M. (2011) Linking NCBI to Wikipedia: a wiki-based approach. PLoS Currents, 31(3), RRN1228. (doi:10.1371/currents.RRN1228)

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The NCBI Taxonomy underpins many bioinformatics and phyloinformatics databases, but by itself provides limited information on the taxa it contains. One readily available source of information on many taxa is Wikipedia. This paper describes iPhylo Linkout, a Semantic wiki that maps taxa in NCBI's taxonomy database onto corresponding pages in Wikipedia. Storing the mapping in a wiki makes it easy to edit, correct, or otherwise annotate the links between NCBI and Wikipedia. The mapping currently comprises some 53,000 taxa, and is available at The links between NCBI and Wikipedia are also made available to NCBI users through the NCBI LinkOut service.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Page, Professor Roderic
Authors: Page, R.D.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:PLoS Currents
Publisher:Public Library of Science
Published Online:31 March 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Author
First Published:First published in PLoS Currents 31(3):RRN1228
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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