Monday, March 28, 2011

Linking the NCBI taxonomy to BBC Wildlife Finder

A few weeks ago I spent some time mapping pages from the BBC Wildlife Finder to the equivalent taxa in the NCBI taxonomy. This seemed a useful exercise because the Wildlife Finder pages have some wonderful picture, video, and audio content, as well as other nice features, such as reusing Wikipedia page titles as "slugs" in the BBC page URLs. For example, the Wikipedia page for the Yacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) has the URL, and the BBC page has the URL Both share the slug Yacare_Caiman.

After adding these links to, where you can find them listed on the BBC category page, I've finally uploaded these to the NCBI, so now some 504 NCBI taxon pages have links to high quality multimedia from the BBC.

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