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This textbook is designed as a general introduction to the emerging discipline of biodiversity informatics. It is thus the first of its kind to describe the key components of how to deal with or use informatics techniques in order to manage biodiversity knowledge. Designed primarily for senior-level undergraduates and first- or second-year graduate students, this textbook provides a fundamental overview of the key concepts and techniques for managing biodiversity data. The textbook first starts by describing the management of information from database and natural language sources, then shifts to molecular data management, and finally suggests ways that biodiversity data can be used to inform other related disciplines.
Introduction: Informatics Meets Biodiversity; Biodiversity Data Deluge; Information Management; Ontologies: Developing Structure to Manage the Unstructured World; Natural Language Processing: Getting Machines to Understand Our Language; Data Mining: Identifying New Patterns of Knowledge; Molecular Data Analysis; Phylogenetics: Developing the Trees of Life; DNA Barcoding: A Universal Signature for All of Life; Mashups: Putting It All Together; Developing Standards; Preserving Biodiversity Information; Secondary Uses of Biodiversity Knowledge; Speculation of the Future.