Versions

The Neuropterida Species of the World (NSW) is an integrating resource that contains web site and database elements. Both classes of elements are updated episodically. Significant one-time or cumulative updates are sequentially numbered as new ‘versions.’ Smaller updates – to data, functionality, or both – made between version breaks are treated as ‘releases.’ In the tables below, the states of the NSW on the dates of initial release of several of the versions, and sometimes the active release, are provided for a variety of documentary data. Table 4 provides information on release dates and selected benchmark metrics and highlights; table 5 gives counts for several classes of data of nomenclatural and taxonomic interest; table 6 presents publication usage data (cumulative page accesses) for several NSW pages; table 7 summarizes design and functionality changes; table 8 displays links to an archive of “snapshots” of selected NSW pages; and table 9 provides data on the size and scope (record and column counts) of the primary data tables used to deliver the NSW.

Table 4. Neuropterida Species of the World: version dates, benchmark metrics, and highlights.
Version Release
Date
Searchable
Combinations
Catalogue
Record
Pages
Monograph
Record
Pages
Highlights
7.1
(active release)
2021.12.08 22550 8028
7.0 2021.05.19 22,390 11,742 7970 22,000+ synonyms; 70,000+ taxon citations
90,000+ figure citations; 40,000+ distribution records
6.0 2018.03.23 20,775 11,279 7740 monograph record pages introduced; 7500+ monograph records
80,000+ figure citations; 30,000+ distribution records
5.0 2017.05.09 20,572 11,200 20,000+ synonyms; 11,000+ epithet records
4.0 2015.07.06 19,051 10,209
3.0 2013.09.11 19,051 10,209 19,000+ synonyms; 10,000+ epithet records
2.0 2007.10.31 16,460 9641 first Lacewing Digital Library version; 16,000+ synonyms
1.0 2003.07.15 9245 first numbered version; 9000 epithet records
Abbreviations: "–" – not available; n/a – not applicable (no such page). Columns: Catalogue Record Pages – the number of distinct Catalogue Record pages programmatically generated in the version or active release; the number of Catalogue Record pages is approximately equal to the sum of the number of unique available and unavailable names treated at each rank in the extended species group of ranks (i.e., species, subspecies, infrasubspecies, subinfrasubspecies); Highlights – notable features or milestones associated with the version or active release; Monograph Record Pages – the number of distinct Monograph Record pages programmatically generated in the version or active release; the number of Monograph Record pages is approximately equal to the number of valid Neuropterida species and subspecies plus the number of unavailable Neuropterida species-group names that are not assigned to a valid species or subspecies; Searchable Combinations – the number of distinct scientific name combinations (i.e., unique searchable strings of available and unavailable genus- and species-group names) contained in the version or active release; Release Date – the initial release date of the version or active release; Version – the number assigned to the version or active release.
Table 5. Neuropterida Species of the World: species-group names and valid taxa.
Version Species-Group Names Valid Neuropterida Taxa
Neuropterida Non-
Neuropterida
Available Unavailable Extant Extinct
Valid Invalid Species Subspecies Species Subspecies
7.1
(active release)
7865 3231 604 121 6574 157 1134 0
7.0 7812 3197 594 139 6556 157 1099 0
6.0 7601 3080 487 111 6492 151 958 0
5.0 7560 3053 478 109 6479 157 924 0
Notes: For additional information on the selected non-Neuropterida names included in the NSW see Introduction: Scope
Table 6. Neuropterida Species of the World: usage statistics (cumulative page accesses).
Version Neuropterida Species of the World Page
Main Introduction Simple
Search
Advanced
Search
Catalogue
Record
Monograph
Record
Versions
7.1
(active release)
7.0
6.0 42,418 0 51,527 9955 0 0 0
5.0 36,873 nt 45,161 9014 nt pnp nt
4.0 nt 29,635 nt pnp nt
3.0 nt 21,570 nt pnp nt
Abbreviations: "–" – not available; nt – not tracked (i.e., page present but page access data not recorded); pnp – page not present. Notes: Table values are cumulative page accesses based on page counter readings on the initial release date of each version, or, for the active release, the current page counter reading.
Table 7. Neuropterida Species of the World: design and functionality changes.
Interval Changes
Version 7.0 – 7.xx General: Added Google Analytics scripts to principle pages.
Monograph Record Page: Added a Congener Navigation Control (upper right) to facilitate navigation among the Monographic Record pages of congeneric species. Added a Citations table that contains topic-annotated literature citations (an analog of the annotated synonymical listings typical of print catalogues and revisions). Initial implementation of Citations table contained two user-selectable table-sorting options and ca. 20 selectable topic set options. Added flag-icon-based links in Countries table to link out to publically released modules in the LDL Country Faunas series. Added Viewer links in the Scientific Names and Synonyms blocks.
Version 6.0 – 6.8 General: Code base transferred to GitHub July 2020. Added new icons for NSW Main and NSW Monograph Record pages. Added a uniform set of icon tooltips throughout. Removed Help page link from bottom navigation bar. A poll of the Neuropterology community confirmed little to no recent usage of this old NSW feature. Needed help functionality is being reimplemented in a distributed manner throughout the site, particularly via tooltips and Table Legends. Added new show/hide table legend icons throughout the work.
Classification Page: Increased the number of ranks displayed in the Classification table from five to eight -- order, suborder (new), superfamily (new), epifamily (new), family, subfamily, tribe, and subtribe. Linked the Classification table record set dynamically to the underlying Neuropterida Species of the World dataset (NSW), so that it automatically updates when new NSW datasets are released.
Search Results Page: Transferred links in the Monograph Record column of the Search Results table from scientific name text strings to a new column of NSW Monograph Record page icons.
Monograph Record Page: Consolidated icons in Figures table into a single Links column to improve table organization and facilitate addition of new links. Added a new link column for PDFs available for viewing in the LDL Viewer module. Standardized presentation order of literature-related link icons across the page. Consolidated icons in the Geographic Distribution: Country Records table to improve table organization and facilitate addition of new links.
References Page: Regrouped icons on left side of page into a single Links column to improve table organization and facilitate addition of new links. Added a new link column for PDFs available for viewing in the LDL Viewer module.
Miscellaneous: Completed and implemented a thorough update of the higher classification of the world Neuropterida. Code base transferred to GitHub (July 2020) to facilitate versioning and future growth and development.
Version 5.0 – 5.xx General: Implemented new icons for links to digital literature files and to Bibliographic Record pages of the LDL Bibliography of the Neuropterida.
Search Results Page: Implemented access to a new suite of pages, the Monograph Record pages, through the establishment of new links placed on scientific names displayed in the Current Name column.
Monograph Record Page: Added a new set (ca. 7600) of interactive data synthesis pages -- the Monograph Record pages. Each Monographic Record page aggregates the Neuropterida Species of the World data that is available for a particular valid species or subspecies. The initial data blocks included on the Monograph Record page were: Taxonomic Status, Scientific Names [Short Form, Long Form, Original Combination (species), Original Combination (subspecies), Nomenclatural Gender Forms (species), Nomenclatural Gender Forms (subspecies)], Synonyms [with combo box option: Show All Synonyms, Hide Synonyms, Show Original Combination Synonyms Only, Show Synonymw with Available Names Only, Show Synonyms with Unavailable Names Only], Figures [with Hide Figures Table link and Show|Hide Table Key], Keys [with 'Show a list of Keys' link], Geographic Distribution [Summary Statement, Notes, Countries|Country Records (with combo box options: Show Countries (no duplicates or sources), Show Country Records (with duplicates and sources), Hide List)], Lithostratigraphic Distribution [Summary Statement], Temporal Distribution [Extant/Extinct, Temporal Range], Primary Type(s) [Kind / Sex / Repository, Type Locality (quote), Type Locality (interpreted and standardized), Age, Stratum], Dataset Timestamps [tblLdlSpCat].
References: Added icon-based Bibliography of the Neuropterida, Bibliographic Record page links to the references table; updated Table Key.
Citation Page: Removed page; moved all citation data to the Main page.
Versions Page: Divided the "summary and comparative data" table into two separate tables: "version dates, benchmark metrics, and highlights" and "species-group names and valid taxa". Added a new Monograph Record Pages column to the "version dates, benchmark metrics, and highlights" table to enable tracking of future growth of the Monograph Record page suite. Added five new columns (Non-Neuropterida, Valid Extant Species, Valid Extant Subspecies, Valid Extinct Species, Valid Extinct Subspecies) to the "species-group names and valid taxa" table to expanded tracking of comparative taxonomic and nomenclatural data. Divided the "usage data and page archive" table into two separate tables: "usage statistics" and "page archive". Added four new columns (Introduction, Catalogue Record, Monograph Record, and Versions) to the new "usage statistics" table to enable tracking of usage on additional pages; removed the Classification column from the same table (in anticipation of moving classification display functionality to a more flexible format in a new LDL module). Added one new page (Monograph Record) to the new "page archive" table. Added a new table ("principal data tables") to document size and scope of the primary datasets that support the NSW module.
Bottom Navigation Bar: Removed Citation page link.
Version 4.0 – 4.xx Main Page: Modified to directly display author contact information and publication citation data; Introduction button added.
Introduction Page: Table formats updated to LDL standard; higher classification table moved to new Classification page.
Classification Page (new): Static higher classification table formerly located on Introduction page moved to new Classification page and table dynamically linked to dataset of active release; table data extended to display information on whether each higher taxon contains Holocene and/or pre-Holocene taxa.
Simple and Advanced Search Pages: Added functionality to search for species-group and subinfrasubspecific ranked name epithets.
Search Results Page: Improved display of search parameters on Search Criteria line; improved readability of Search Results table by removing subgeneric name epithets to a separate column; added Current Name field to Search Results table; removed Combination field from Search Results table; added functionality to display species-group and subinfrasubspecific ranked names to Search Results table.
Contacts Page: Removed page; moved contacts data to the Main page.
Versions Page: Redesigned and reimplemented page; table formats updated to LDL standard; implemented '(active release)' line in Tables 4 and 5 to allow tracking of selected data parameters between formal versions.
Log In Page (new): Added Log in functionality to NSW module.
Bottom Navigation Bar: Added new Log In page link; removed Contacts page link.
Version 3.0 – 3.xx General: Complete backend code rewrite for the Neuropterida Species of the World module.
Table 8. Neuropterida Species of the World: page archive (selected pages).
Version Neuropterida Species of the World Page
Main Introduction Simple
Search
Advanced
Search
Catalogue
Record
Monograph
Record
Acknowledgements References Versions
7.0
6.0
5.0
Symbols: – file link (archived fixed or sample page).
Table 9. Neuropterida Species of the World: principal data tables (upper number = table record count; lower number = table column count).
Version Basic
Taxon
Data
(SpCat)
Nomenclatural
Combination
Data
(SpCatComb)
Literature
Citations
Data
(SpCat
CombAnnot)
Literature
Figures
Data
(SpCatFigs)
Geographic
Distribution
Data
(SpCat
DistGeog)
Module
Version
Data
(SpCat
Versions)
7.1
(active release)
11821
87
22550
77
73589
37
95248
40
44815
33
8
40
7.0 11,742
87
22,390
77
71,223
37
92,503
40
43,404
33
8
40
6.0 11,279
87
20,775
74
80,469
38
31,159
31
7
40
5.0 11,200
54
20,572
70
6
23
4.0 10,209
47
19,051
59
3.0 10,209
41
19,051
51
2.0 9641
41
16,460
37
Abbreviations: "–" – not available; n/a – not applicable (i.e., table not implemented). Notes: Cell values represent table record count (upper number) and table column count (lower number).