01/11/1998 - 31/10/2000

The aim of the project is to construct a database system that will meet the requirements of current taxonomy practices. In particular, it will allow taxonomists to view and explore alternative classifications. The system will support provision of single authoritative classifications for use by non-taxonomists such as legislators. As a test application, taxonomists at the RBGE will produce a revision of a plant group using the Prometheus system.
Prometheus is a Research Councils project funded by BBSRC. Carried out in collaboration with Mark Watson, Martin R. Pullan and others. For further information please refer to .
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  • Overlapping Hierarchy Visualisation
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  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.
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Project Team

Dr Peter Barclay
(not currently an institute member)
Dr Cedric Raguenaud
(not currently an institute member)
Jessie Kennedy
Dean of Research and Innovation
+44 131 455 2772

Associated Publications

Raguenaud, C., Pullan, M.R., Watson, M., Kennedy, J., Newman, M., Barclay, P. (2002). Implementation of the Prometheus Taxonomic Model: a comparison of database systems. Taxon, 51, (1), 131-142.

Raguenaud, C. (2002). Managing Complex Data in an Object-Oriented Database (PhD). Edinburgh Napier University ().

Raguenaud, C. (2002). Managing complex taxonomic data in an object-oriented database (PhD). Edinburgh Napier University ().

Raguenaud, C., Graham, M., Kennedy, J. (2001). Two Approaches to Representing Multiple Overlapping Classifications: a Comparison. In: Kerschberg, L., Kafatos, M. (Eds.) 13th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management - SSDBM 2001, , () ( ed.). (pp. 239-244). Fairfax, Virginia, USA: . IEEE Computer Society Press.

Pullan, M.R., Watson, M., Kennedy, J., Raguenaud, C., Hyam, R. (2000). The Prometheus Taxonomic Model: a practical approach to representing multiple classification. Taxon, 49, (), 55-75.

Raguenaud, C., Kennedy, J., Barclay, P. (2000). The Prometheus Database for Taxonomy. In: Gunther, O., Lenz-H, J. (Eds.) 12th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, SSDBM 2000, , () ( ed.). (pp. 250-252). : . IEEE Computer Society Press.

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