Texas A&M University Bioinformatics Working Group

Program description pages are generated by programs that produce WWW pages for local (TAMU-BWG) informatics systems. These provide an archival reference, a reminder of how things were done, a tracker of various files involved, and general information.
TAKHWWW1.IPF, written in KnowledgeMan (KMAN) programming language, manipulates KMAN data tables to produce a series of 18 HTML files - one for each Subclass, and this page. The program 'walks' through the KMAN table TAKFAM.ITB, which carries all family names listed in Armen Takhtajan's Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants (1997, Columbia University Press, ISBN 0-231-10098-1, QK495A1T345). Each name accepted by Takhtajan is used as a query string and other rank names (Subclass, Superorder, Order) are used to structure the output. Using the KMAN 'pluck' function, the KMAN table FULLFAM1.ITB is queried, using the index file FULLFAMI.IND, and the numerical field VASCWWWO is checked for the 'plucked' record. The table FULLFAM1.ITB is acted on by each updating run of VASCWWWO.IPF which builds a formated ASCII file from a series of 'resource' data tables carrying internet URLs and family names. The file - VASCWWWO.TXT - is indexed by the MG system with each URL/Family name representing a 'document'. If such a document is produced the value of FULLFAM1.VASCWWWO increases by 1. Thus, if this value is greater than 0, TAKHWWW1.IPF will list the name with a query link to the indexed file and selection of the of the highlighted family name will issue a query to the indexed file. All 'documents' carrying a matching family string are returned to the user as a formatted (HTML) page. Families with vascwwwo=0 are printed with no reference to the indexed file. The program also queries the data table CRONQ3.ITB using the family name index CRONQ3A.IND and, if the Takhtajan family is used by Cronquist as an accepted name, it creates a link to that family on the appropriate Subclass page produced by CRONWWW1.IPF. If the Takhtajan family name is tagged as a synonym in CRONQ3.ITB then a link is formed to the associated 'accepted' family in the Cronquist system. On-going development of the 'gateway' system will soon employ a full synonomy for all three classification systems (Cronquist, Takhtajan, Thorne), under development by Dr. James Reveal, to explore linkage within the varying structure (lumping/splitting) of these systems.

TAKHWWW1.IPF, written by Hugh Wilson, is one element of a larger suite of experimental systems for WWW-based vascular plant informatics now under development by the Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group. The 'Takhtajan' database (TAKFAM.ITB) is based on an initial listing of the Takhtajan sequence, with full synonomy, provided by James Reveal of the Norton-Brown Herbarium. The URLs utilized to search the indexed file function via CGI programming and 'full text' indexing performed by Erich Schneider, of the Texas A&M Center for the Study of Digital Libraries.

Questions, corrections, or comments, can be directed to Hugh Wilson.

Last run of TAKHWWW1.IPF: 09/30/97

Families listed: 592
Cronquist families linked: 678
Cronquist accepted names: 389
Cronquist synonyms: 289

Start run: 07:13:41

    Total links established: 5311

End run: 07:14:30

This page produced by TAKHWWW1.IPF on: 09/30/97