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!
posted by carter
on Jun 9, 2014 -
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.
posted by Memo
on Oct 2, 2013 -
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!
posted by Brent Parker
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I am looking for a gigantic cladogram, ideally one that encompasses the entire animal kingdom down to the order or family level. [more inside]
posted by eraserbones
on Nov 12, 2012 -
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]
posted by gwint
on Oct 25, 2012 -
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]
posted by mph
on Aug 1, 2012 -
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]
posted by RobotHero
on Apr 4, 2012 -
What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well? [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 21, 2011 -
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]
posted by Hammerikaner
on May 5, 2011 -
Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Apr 26, 2011 -
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.
- not under a free license
- rather UK-specific
- not particularly urban-oriented
Any ideas? If it's available in a SQL format, so much the better.
posted by grubby
on Nov 20, 2010 -
Professors, researchers, teachers: How do you organize your files on hard disks and with physical folders? [more inside]
posted by meijusa
on Aug 13, 2010 -
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.
posted by misteraitch
on May 12, 2010 -
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]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 10, 2010 -
Help me devise an Edward Tufte-approved visual system for tracking my life/health/happiness! Portable, layered, colorful, graph-like but illustrated... [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover
on May 18, 2009 -
I'm looking for examples of rich web interfaces that allow users to explore content based on mood or style, like Getty Images' Moodstream
. 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.
posted by blogenstock
on Feb 10, 2009 -
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
, and here
. [more inside]
posted by omnigut
on Jan 18, 2009 -
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).
posted by saulgoodman
on Apr 18, 2008 -
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]
posted by melodykramer
on Apr 8, 2008 -
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.
posted by bigmusic
on Mar 30, 2008 -
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?
posted by proj
on Nov 27, 2007 -
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]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Nov 5, 2007 -
How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format? [more inside]
posted by ajp
on Feb 13, 2007 -
Does anyone know of a website that provides meanings of scientific names for plants and animals?
posted by dhruva
on Nov 9, 2005 -
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?
posted by clockzero
on Jul 29, 2005 -
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?
posted by tranquileye
on Aug 6, 2004 -