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DiversityNavigator is a rich-client application for viewing, editing, and analyzing data. DiversityNavigator is written in java and can access both local and server based databases. It is compatible to a variety of database engines.


Uses a point-to-point similarity metric (Gower metric) to assign a classification value to a potential site based on its proximity in environmental space to the most similar positive occurrence location. Similarity between the site of interest and each of recorded present occurrence location is calculated by summing the standardized distance between the two points for each predictor variable. The standardization is achieved by dividing the distance by the predictor variable range for the presence sites, equalizing the contribution from each predictor variable. The standardized distance is subtracted from 1 to obtain the complementary similarity.

Dryades (Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature)

Dryades is the Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature. The website of Dryades gives access to interactive guides for the identification of plants, fungi and animals, to iconographical archives, and to databases on the biodiversity of Italy. A special section is dedicated to products specifically designed for schools. Identification tools are available in 10 languages.

Some of the projects available on the website are public and some are not.


Earth Cape

Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM)

The workflow offers an extensible framework for analyzing or predicting the impact of environmental changes on the distribution of biodiversity. Especially in combination with data aggregation workflows like the Taxonomic Data Refinement Workflow (DRW), the ENM workflows facilitate the analysis of species distribution patterns over large geo-temporal, taxonomic, and environmental scales. Examples for applications are studies of species adaptations to climate change, dynamic modeling of ecologically related species, identification of regions with accumulated risk for invasion, potential for restoration, or natural protected areas.

EcoSim. Null model software for ecologists

EcoSim allows you to test for community patterns with non-experimental data performing Monte Carlo randomizations to create “pseudo-communities”, then statistically compares the patterns in these randomized communities with those in the real data matrix.

EDIT WP8.1.1 Overview of Taxonomy courses

The present link is a listing of the existing training resources for taxonomy collected by the European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT, Workpackage 8 - Training and Public Awareness)



EndNote connects to Internet-based libraries of reference data (there are many free-access databases in addition to those that your organization or institution subscribes to) and locate the references for citation. EndNote stores, catalogues and indexes these references in your own custom reference databases, together with images, figures, files and links that you want to include or cite. And EndNote integrates into your word processor to make it easy to insert citations and create bibliographies and figure lists, with every entry automatically and consistently formatted in the style you, or your publishers, prefer.

ENM Statistical Workflow (ESW)

The ENM statistic workflow (ESW) allows the computation of the extent and intensity of change in species potential distribution through computation of the differences between two raster layers using the R statistical environment (R Core Team 2013). The difference file is computed from two input files (in this case present projection and 2050 projection). The difference between each corresponding raster cell value is computed and stored in the difference file, regardless of the input files’ geographical extent and origin.

EstimateS. Statistical estimation of species richness and shared species from samples

EstimateS is a free software application for Windows and Macintosh operating systems that computes a variety of biodiversity functions, estimators, and indices based on biotic sampling data. Some features require species relative abundance data, others only species presence/absence data.

Euro+Med Plantbase

Fauna Europaea


FloraMap is a software linked to agroclimatic and other databases able to showing the most likely distribution of wild species in nature.


A GBIF demonstration project which allows users to query the GBIF cache using names obtained through the Catalogue of life and to map and analyse the resultant record set. The Survey Gap Analysis (SGA) tool helps to design a biodiversity survey that will best complement the existing survey effort by identifying those areas least well surveyed in terms of environmental conditions. The Species Richness Assessment (SRA) tool provide an estimate of the number of species in an area; and to gain insight into the adequacy of sampling based on abundance distributions for those species.

GeoDa. An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis

GeoDa is the latest incarnation in a long line of software tools designed to implement techniques for exploratory spatial data analysis on lattice data (points and polygons). The free program provides a user friendly and graphical interface to methods of descriptive spatial data analysis, such as spatial autocorrelation statistics, as well as basic spatial regression functionality.

GIS data downloads


Download of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data layers.
Free GIS layers from different sources, in Idrisi and Shape formats, etc. to make easy download and use of this information.
Some GIS layers are still under construction, and the web page with links to the information is provisional.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)


GPSBabel is a converter program aimed at GPS systems. It can convert files to and from a large number of free and proprietary formats, such as KML (Google Earth) , csv, GPX, ...

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