Computer based expert system Polychaeta

Hans Hillewaert hhillewaert at
Fri Jul 5 01:26:49 EST 1996

On the ICES Benthos Ecology Working group in Aberdeen recently, I
demonstrated a technique for using existing identification keys on an
Internet website. Pictures and text are scanned and the text is
subsequently converted with Optical Character Recognition. HTML (hypertext
markup language) code is added to provide links between several parts of
the key and the pictures. This technique is fairly easy and could be use
to produce new keys quickly or to provide easily accessible updates to
existing keys.

An example for the Pandalidae (Crustacea) of the North Sea can be found

Hans J.J.F. Hillewaert


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