Importing large datasets into Pantheon

For very large datasets (perhaps 800+ distinct taxa) the prospect of having to work through them assigning the correct name from the options given might seem daunting. By using the taxon_version_key (TVK) within the Sample import it greatly reduces the query name task load, and results in less user input requirements.

How to find the set of TVK for your Sample.

To gain the TVK for your species list, users can use export functions from the main biological recording packages (Recorder 6, Mapmate 2) or use the TVK matching tool which utilises the Nameserver “a centrally-managed, unified naming source for NBN-relatedprojects (e.g. NBN Gateway, JNCC Recorder6, BRC iRecord & OU iSpot)”

How to handle your TVK

After getting your species list converted into TVK, it is a simple task of then pasting them into the “Paste new species list” window as you would for any “normal” Sample. Remember to have one TVK per line just as you would for a binomial. Running check should then present you with the species name. The TVK is then hidden from then in in any Pantheon analysis, including in the output species list.

Native TVK are, of course, rather impenetrable and give very little idea of the taxon which they represent. Inserting the taxon name after the TVK does not work and is treated as an error, as is insertion of a comma (it is treated as a comma-separated variable and pasted into a new line).

This approach should result in a high higher hit of binomials with less need to work through the listed options to choose the preferred name.