Berendsohn, W. G., Anagnostopoulos, A., Jakupovic, J., Nimis, P.L. & Valdés, B.
A general reference system for biological information processing needs to address information structures in the biological research process on the one hand and the materials used in the study on the other hand. The present article presents a framework for such a reference system by means of a categorization of biological data structures into "biological study", "descriptor", and "biological object". An entity relation model is presented to clarify the internal structure of biological objects, which may stand for scientific names, taxa, units in a natural history collection, or even geographical sites or ecological categories.
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