Names are key to the big new biology.

@article{Patterson2010NamesAK,
  title={Names are key to the big new biology.},
  author={David J. Patterson and Jasper Cooper and Paul M. Kirk and Richard L Pyle and David P. Remsen},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2010},
  volume={25 12},
  pages={686-91}
}
Those who seek answers to big, broad questions about biology, especially questions emphasizing the organism (taxonomy, evolution and ecology), will soon benefit from an emerging names-based infrastructure. It will draw on the almost universal association of organism names with biological information to index and interconnect information distributed across the Internet. The result will be a virtual data commons, expanding as further data are shared, allowing biology to become more of a 'big… CONTINUE READING
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