I went snorkeling near Cancun a few years ago. The instructor brought a starfish to the surface and let me hold it for a moment, and it was a really cool experience. Since then I've been trying to identify its species, but haven't had any luck. [more inside]
Purchase of a cheap mask & snorkel has shown me that the surf zone of east coast beaches is an ecosystem chick full of crabs & fish & more- totally amazing! Within 2 feet of shore (in surf, not in tide pools) we recently found tiny puffer fish, pipefish & one mystery fish - what is this fish? pic 1 pic 2 (Found all over beaches of Martha's Vineyard. It's about 3 inches long, has wing-like fins that it uses to scoot along the sandy bottom. Some were all light brown, some had a lot more white. Pics look weird as the fish is inside an old 2 liter soda bottle.)
Are there are any good resources about creating metadata schemas for online documents/content, with examples of partial/complete schema in Excel format or similar? I've tried all kinds of relevant Google searches but, apart from Rachel Lovinger's (very good) slideshare, I only seem to turn up academic-type papers or very library-specific information. [more inside]
Please help me identify this tree. This is what it looks like. This tree smells amazing almost every time I pass it – like some sort of amazing candy. It smells strongest in early Fall or after rain. [more inside]
I have some data, it happens to be medically-oriented but that's probably not too important. How can I structure it? It appears to be intrinsically hierarchical, but the hierarchy can be organised in various ways. Is there a design pattern for this problem? [more inside]
I'm beginning a project that looks partly at biological classification, primarily in western science. I have no background in this, and so I'm digging around. I'm interested to know more about the current rules for nomenclature, and also to know more about historical, philosophical, sociological, knowledge practice, ethnographic, anthropological, science technology and society (STS), sociotechnical, etc., approaches to the study of biological classification. I'll take monographs, articles, papers, web sites, etc. I have access to a university library. What are some good sources that can introduce me to this? Many thanks!
Is there a database of insect scientific names and their taxonomy available somewhere for free? For example Streptocerus speciosus - Family: Lucanidae - Order: Coleoptera. I'm hoping to avoid downloading wikipedia and crawling through it.
I'd like to use the color labels in finder more extensively to help manage files all over my computer, not just for certain areas. Because the labels are system wide the names don't always match the intentions for certain folders labels tend to be cumbersome and not clear in meaning. Areas that I would like labels to work well in are: Downloads, work project folders, Desktop, Archive folders and media folders. Labels that work for one area don't mesh with others. Have you been able to figure out some names for the color labels that are elegant and useful in every user folder in the filesystem? I'm not looking for a way to use spotlight comments or another program to handle this - I'm specifically interested a solid naming convention for elegant, useful color label names. Thanks!
I am looking for a gigantic cladogram, ideally one that encompasses the entire animal kingdom down to the order or family level. [more inside]
Trying to find a list of tree names with common, latin, latin translation and etymology. The first two are easy to find, but it's the last two I really care about. [more inside]
It's 2012 and ten of my sites, all driven by syndicated content, have tagging. What value does tagging/folksonomy bring to the table, if any? Is it time to retire tagging? [more inside]
What can I identify about antennas based on their shape, location, etc? And is there a layman's explanation for why they are shaped the way they are? [more inside]
Librarians of MeFi, how did you transition into a job in taxonomy? [more inside]
I am looking for a software solution to help organize a small personal library. [more inside]
Where can I find taxonomies of the everything? [more inside]
What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well?
What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well? [more inside]
Developers and content curators: Help me with some market research. I am trying to find an off-the-shelf solution or to spec out how to develop a solution to the following problem. My organization is looking to setup an internal collection, curation, and distribution system to push multimedia content to hundreds of social media accounts (in dozens of languages) with potentially hundreds of users. Ability to enable push-button publishing via Facebook, Twitter, and other APIs through a plug-in architecture. Sound interesting? Read on. [more inside]
Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
I'm looking for a freely-licensed taxonomy of points of interest (a way to classify businesses and physical features, primarily of the urban environment). I have found this [pdf] at the Ordnance Survey, which is quite thorough. But it's:
- not under a free license
- rather UK-specific
- not particularly urban-oriented
Professors, researchers, teachers: How do you organize your files on hard disks and with physical folders? [more inside]
Bio-knowledgable people ! What are your good resources for explaining Biological Classification to a child (and a pretty uninformed father !) [more inside]
I'm curious as to how much taxonomists earn per hour? [more inside]
Hi, can anyone please identify this flower/shrub? It's in Northern Virginia, and I took the picture a few days ago.
Books or articles about microbial diversity for the non-specialist? I was fascinated when I read this article a couple of years back. What books, articles or papers covering similar ground (that would be intelligible to a curious layman) can you recommend regarding microbial genetic diversity, taxonomy, & the discovery of micro-organisms in extreme environments, etc.
Types of Games: I have come across various attempts to catalogue the possible varieties of stories that exist. The basic assumption being that all plots (narratives?) can be be boiled down to one among only a few types e.g. Hero leaves the kingdom; Hero steals fire, etc. I am looking for a similar classification system for GAMES, that is: how many fundamental types/kinds of game are there? [more inside]
Is there a database of the origins of Binomial Latin names for species? [more inside]
Help me devise an Edward Tufte-approved visual system for tracking my life/health/happiness! Portable, layered, colorful, graph-like but illustrated... [more inside]
SEO for a product known by different names in different English-speaking countries? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as an "Information Technology Taxonomy?" [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of rich web interfaces that allow users to explore content based on mood or style, like Getty Images' Moodstream or Musicovery. Not necessarily restricted to audio, video or image sites; examples of 'mood 'explorers' helping users discover any other type of content -be it wall paint, holidays or cocktails- will be equally welcome.
We inherited a tiger's head from our dead grandfather, which was hunted around 1940. We'd like to know how much it is likely to cost, and what people think we should do with it; donate it to a museum? to an art college? to an insane asylum? Any suggestions appreciated. Photos are here, here, and here. [more inside]
Is pizza a sandwich? [more inside]
Is there already a precise term for the rhetorical fallacy/trick described in the following scenario: Guy A and B are arguing. Guy A makes an assertion. Guy B counters the assertion with an argument of his own. Guy A ignores the specifics of Guy B’s argument, and asserts that Guy B’s argument does not genuinely reflect Guy B’s position (i.e., Guy A says that there are certain unstated ‘real’ reasons Guy B holds the particular position he’s arguing for, and Guy A then goes on to expound on those real reasons to Guy B on his behalf). [more inside]
Is there a website that categorizes songs by mood or subject? Searching iTunes for title words and hoping the title then corresponds to the lyrics/mood doesn't always give the best results. [more inside]
So I enjoy books that are an elaboration on theoretical taxonomies such as Roget's International Thesaurus (not the dictionary style) and A Pattern Language. What other books or websites might I enjoy in this vein? Taxonomies on birds or plants are interesting, but I'm looking for things that aren't immediately obvious.
My fiancee found a bird's foot/claw on the ground. She thinks it's like a bone that can be boiled/bleached to sanitize it and have it as a weird knick-knack. I think it's more like a piece of meat that will rot and bring germs in to the house. Who's right?
Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions
I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format? [more inside]
Help me with digitizing and organizing my classical music collection! [more inside]
Are the terms ontology, taxonomy, and folksonomy interchangeable? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a website that provides meanings of scientific names for plants and animals?
In America (and in Europe, too, I suppose), we use the Linnaean taxonomic system for living things and have certain specific terms (acetate, polymerase, cholinergic, etc.) that are used in chemistry, for example; how does such terminology work in other languages, especially those very dissimilar to English, such as Chinese?
Much excellent advice can be found in the Green concerning CD to MP3 ripping and storage. My challenge: 60 gigs of MP3s and not sure how to organize them. Bootlegs from the salad days of Napster, high bitrate rips of my jazz collection, some cartoon songs from the 70s, etc. On what basis do people sort their many tunes?