I'd like something similar for taxonomy. Given that a taxonomic database is in essence a collection of taxonomic names and publications, and a taxonomic publication is in essence a collection of names and citations of taxonomic publications, why not embed the publication within the database and have the names and citations link to the corresponding entries in the database?
Based on some earlier efforts (e.g., Towards an interactive taxonomic article: displaying an article from ZooKeys) and inspired by the eLife Lens project, I've created a live demo of a way to view articles from the journal ZooKeys. Below is a screencast:
If you want to try this out, here are some live examples:
- http://bionames.org/labs/zookeys-viewer/?doi=10.3897/zookeys.183.3073 Description of Alpheus cedrici sp. n., a strikingly coloured snapping shrimp (Crustacea, Decapoda, Alpheidae) from Ascension Island, central Atlantic Ocean
- http://bionames.org/labs/zookeys-viewer/?doi=10.3897/zookeys.99.723 The spider family Selenopidae (Arachnida, Araneae) in Australasia and the Oriental Region
- http://bionames.org/labs/zookeys-viewer/?doi=10.3897/zookeys.154.1963 At the lower size limit for tetrapods, two new species of the miniaturized frog genus Paedophryne (Anura, Microhylidae)
Note the pattern in the URL, just append the DOI for an article to http://bionames.org/labs/zookeys-viewer/?doi=
One direction this could go in is to make a viewer like this the default viewer in BioNames for ZooKeys articles, so that instead of being restricted to a PDF you can interactively navigate between the article and the cited literature. Indeed, the very action of locating cited references in BioNames builds citation links. We could imagine extending the approach to content that isn't in NLM XML, such as Zootaxa PDFs, or content from BHL. Eventually I'd like to have the taxonomic literature fully embedded in the database, not as PDF or image silos, but as documents linked to names and literature. The journal becomes a database.