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An XML-Based Tool to Support Botany Learning

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Executive Summary

The tool most used by biologists for identifying a specific individual is the identification key, and this is similar in structure to a decision tree where the user is presented with a series of choices (generally two) at each step. During their professional lives, biologists will need to correctly identify the organisms to be found in the projects they are working on: floras, field guides, etc. Learning how to use and design these keys is therefore one of the pillars of their training. In this paper, the authors present a tool for interactive key development to make this learning easier. This XML-based tool, which is currently in its final stage of development, has been developed according to an interoperable, multilingual, international model to represent taxonomical knowledge.

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