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This step of the ARMS IJI workflow does the following: - Input: the OTU tables from the previous step (running the omics pipeline), containing taxa (usually genus or species names) obtained from the databases used by the pipeline; - Check: using the WoRMS taxon match webservice to check for the WoRMS match to those taxa; - Output: the WoRMS match (yes or not) and, if matched, the scientific name and aphiaID. It represents the Step 7 of the ARMS Workflow within the Internal Joint Initiative.
worrms is a R client for the World Register of Marine Species REST webservices (http://www.marinespecies.org/rest). The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While the highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic and thematic experts, not by database managers. WoRMS has an editorial management system where each taxonomic group is represented by an expert who has the authority over the content, and is responsible for controlling the quality of the information. Each of these main taxonomic editors can invite several specialists of smaller groups within their area of responsibility to join them.
As a user or developer you can use the WoRMS webservice to feed your own application with standard WoRMS data. A non exhaustive list of applications: - get the AphiaID for your taxon - check the spelling of your taxa - get the authority for your taxa - get the full classification for your taxa - resolve your unaccepted names to accepted ones - get all synonyms for a taxon - fuzzy/near match your species list - resolve a common name/vernacular to a scientific name - get the common name(s)/vernacular(s) for a taxon - get the sources/references for a taxon - get the WoRMS citation for a taxon - get the direct children for a taxon - get all taxa modified during a time interval - get an external identifier for a taxon - get the AphiaID for an external identifier/database - get all distributions for a taxon - get all attributes for a taxon
taxize allows users to search over many taxonomic data sources for species names (scientific and common) and download up and downstream taxonomic hierarchical information - among other things. This package wraps APIs for a large suite of taxonomic databases availabe on the web. The taxize book: https://taxize.dev Package documentation: https://docs.ropensci.org/taxize/