Issue 11660

Make usable taxonomic browser

Reporter: trobertson
Assignee: mdoering
Type: Bug
Summary: Make usable taxonomic browser
Priority: Blocker
Resolution: Fixed
Status: Closed
Created: 2012-08-08 16:21:16.305
Updated: 2013-08-29 14:44:42.179
Resolved: 2012-09-04 13:17:56.616
Description: Change taxonomic browser to something more usable.  Standard clickable tree perhaps?

This came from Donald ("This is unusable, what are the lines for etc")


Attachment tax browser & description.png

Attachment Puma concolor.html

Created: 2012-08-08 16:32:48.819
Updated: 2012-08-08 16:32:48.819
I agree the explorer is confusing. Partly because its too small too.
We could do a standard clickable tree like we show in, but that would mean a new page on every click through the taxonomy. Which would be fine if the species pages load quickly, but not as it is now without optimization and caching.

Any other javascript based options maybe?

Created: 2012-08-10 13:47:36.743
Updated: 2012-08-10 13:47:36.743
I would propose a couple of integrated changes for adjusting the browser:

1) create a small, separate Description block below the taxonomic browser to free space in the overview. See issue POR-258
2) move synonyms into the overview as they are an important part of a species concept circumscription (we use them for maps, stats and other interpretation)
3) show classification or number of descendants at that rank on the right of the tax browser, similar to
   Links for the higher classification take you to that species page, links for the number of descendants updates the main list on the left
4) show children or current rank selection on the right in the main list view on the left

Comment: If I understand correctly, it sounds sensible - might be worth a quick picture?
Created: 2012-08-10 14:10:51.532
Updated: 2012-08-10 14:10:51.532

Comment: Proposed simplified browser & description block
Created: 2012-08-13 16:14:10.007
Updated: 2012-08-13 16:14:10.007

Created: 2012-08-13 16:49:39.987
Updated: 2012-08-13 16:49:39.987
Looks much better Markus.  +1

Not sure the following are needed:
i) "Infraspecies 6" (they are shown on the left)
ii) Species: Puma concolor (you are already on that page)

Comment: Ive kept the infraspecies here mainly because this is a species page and I wanted to demonstrate how to show the counts by rank. This is surely more useful for higher ranks, e.g. to jump to all species within a family for example. Cause I thought we render the result list asynchroneously in the same left block we also need a way to show the original children somehow Ive left the species link. Any better idea how to navigate to the current children? Actually the direct parent is also needed in case its not a mayor linnean rank already.
Created: 2012-08-13 17:24:59.528
Updated: 2012-08-13 17:24:59.528

Created: 2012-08-13 17:38:40.269
Updated: 2012-08-13 17:41:37.177
Ok, so the it is the metrics copied from CLB which I think is very useful.

One option could be to move the vertical classification from the right to underneath the title:

Taxonomy of Puma concolor (Linneaus, 1771)
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Felidae Puma (Show extended)

This is like the

For the direct parent thing, perhaps we could replace the "Children" with a "walk up" to the next higher linnaean rank?  Something like this:
Puma (Smith 1701)
  MadeUpSubGenusOfPuma (For example 1702)
    Puma concolor
     - Puma concolor anthonyi
     - Puma concolor concolor

These are just for some other ideas

Created: 2012-08-13 17:47:41.864
Updated: 2012-08-13 17:47:41.864
As the parental classification and the metrics are mutually exclusive I think it makes sense to show them in the same block/list just as we do in ecat-dev. For a family all higher taxa are links and all lower are counts.

The walk up idea in the main left block sounds good. Should solve it nicely

Created: 2012-09-04 13:17:56.649
Updated: 2012-09-04 13:17:56.649