Areas of expertise
Most of my research activities revolve around the application of
database, Web and programming techniques to enhance the usefulness
of species diversity databases.
I am particularly interested in methods for database linking,
which relate to many of the projects listed above.
- Software development for biological applications, databases, World-wide Web
- Biodiversity computing
About the author
I work in the
School of Computer Science,
More about Cardiff here soon (or not, as the case may be).
I used to work in the
School of Biological Sciences,
University of Southampton,
and still have the status of a Visiting Researcher there.
You can see from this picture of Southampton Civic Centre,
taken by a
run by the
that Southampton can be quite a dangerous place to live and work.
Here is my
which duplicates some of the information on this page.
- Design, organisation and implementation of species diversity databases
- Assembling large collaborative databases using data transfer and linking techniques
- Making database systems with automated taxonomic indexing
widely available as the core of biological information services
- Algorithms and software to make
shape and pattern measurements of biological images
to produce data suitable for statistical and
I am a Director of
working closely with its
and I am responsible for providing web access
to the ILDIS World Database of Legumes through the
I am also Chairman of the Technical Subgroup
(responsible to the Project Management Team)
of the Species 2000 project
to index all the world's species on the
I am a member of the Steering Committee of the
European Register of Marine Species
project, and Chairman of the Database Design Committee.
I am also a member of the Database Design Group of the
to provide an information service on European biological collections.
I live near the edge of the
in a small town called
Allkin, R. & White, R.J.
XDF: A language for the definition and exchange of biological data sets,
Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
Allkin, R., White, R.J. and Winfield, P.J. Handling the structure of biological data. Mathematics and Computer Modelling 16, 1992, 1-9.
Berendsohn, W.G., Anagnostopoulos, A., Hagedorn, G., Jakupovic, J., Nimis, P.L., Valdťs, B., GŁntsch, A., Pankhurst, R.J. & White, R.J. A comprehensive reference model for biological collections and surveys. Taxon 48, 1999, 511-562. [electronic version: www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/biodivinf/docs/CollectionModel/]
Berendsohn, W.G., Costello, M.J., Emblow, C.,
GŁntsch, A., Hahn, A., Koenemann, J., Thomas, C.,
Thomson, N. & White, R.J.
Concepts for a European portal to biological collections.
In: Berendsohn, W.G., ed.
Resource Identification for a Biological Collection
Information Service in Europe (BioCISE),
Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, 2000, 76pp.
Bisby, F.A., Zarucchi, J.L., Schrire, B.D.,
Roskov, Y.R. & White, R.J.
ILDIS World Database of Legumes, edition 5.
Reading: ILDIS, 2000.
[Electronic publication available on the Internet
(LegumeWeb service at
and on disc (LegumeDisc service).]
Costello, M., Emblow, C. & White, R.J. European Register of Marine Species, in press, 2001.
Embury, S.M., Jones, A.C., Sutherland, I., Gray, W.A., White, R.J., Robinson, J.S., Bisby, F.A. & Brandt, S.M. Conflict Detection for Integration of Taxonomic Data Sources. In: Z.M. Özsoyoglu, G. Özsoyoglu & W.-C. Hou, eds. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, IEEE Computer Society Press, Cleveland Ohio USA, 1999, 204-213.
Jones, A.C., Xu, X., Pittas, N., Gray, W.A., Fiddian, N.J.,
White, R.J., Robinson, J.S., Bisby, F.A., & Brandt, S.M.
SPICE: A flexible architecture for integrating autonomous databases
to comprise a distributed catalogue of life. Submitted, 2000.
Maxted, N., White, R.J. and Allkin, R. The automatic synthesis of descriptive data using the taxonomic hierarchy. Taxon 42, 1993, 51-62.
Shimura, J., Ichiyanagi, Y., Hollis, S., White, R.J. & Bisby, F.A. A linked rhizobia and plant host information system (RAPHIS) on the World-wide Web. Microbiol. Cult. Coll. 14, 1998, 23-32.
Southon, I.W., Bisby, F.A., Buckingham, J., Harborne, J.B., Zarucchi, J.L., Polhill, R.M., Adams, B.R., Lock, J.M., White, R.J., Bowes, I., Hollis, S. and Heald, J. Phytochemical Dictionary of the Leguminosae. London: Chapman & Hall (ISBN 0 412 39770 6), 1994, 1580pp.
Sutherland, I., Embury, S.M., Gray, W.A., Jones, A.C., Bisby, F.A., Brandt, S.M., Robinson, J.S. & White, R.J. Knowledge Integrity Testing for the Integration of Taxonomic Databases. In: D. Gilbert, ed. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Constraints in Bioinformatics/Biocomputing, Pisa, Italy, 1998.
Sutherland, I., Robinson, J.S., Brandt, S.M., Jones, A.C., Embury, S.M., Gray, W.A., White, R.J. & Bisby, F.A. Assisting the Integration of Taxonomic Data: The LITCHI Toolkit. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2000), IEEE Computer Society Press, in press, 2000.
White, R.J. and Allkin, R. A language for the definition and exchange of biological data sets. Mathematics and Computer Modelling 16, 1992, 199-223.
White, R.J. and Allkin, R. A strategy for the evolution of database designs. In: F.A. Bisby, G.F. Russell and R.J. Pankhurst, eds. Designs for a Global Plant Species Information System. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, 284-303.
White, R.J., Allkin, R. and Winfield, P.J.
Systematic databases: the Baobab design and the Alice system.
In: R. Fortuner, ed.
Advances in Computer Methods for Systematic Biology:
Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Computer Vision, chapter 19.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
This list is very incomplete at the moment.
White, R.J., Bisby, F.A., Polhill, R.M., Zarucchi, J.L., Adams, B.R. & Hollis, S. ILDIS LegumeWeb (ILDIS World Database of Legumes) , 1997 - 2000. [On-line database: www.ildis.org/LegumeWeb]
White, R.J. European Register of Marine Species, 1998 - 2000. [On-line database: www.erms.biol.soton.ac.uk]
Arbo software package
This list is very incomplete at the moment.
Recent international conferences at which I have presented papers:
- Strategies in Bioinformatics: A European Perspective,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 26, 27 and 28, 1994
- Disseminating Biodiversity Information,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 1996
- International Joint Workshop for Studies on Biodiversity,
Tsukuba, Japan, July 1999
- XIV International Congress of Botany,
St Louis, USA, August 1999
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