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TDWG World Geographical Scheme - GIS Shapefiles

 

TDWG World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions

The British bumblebee identification guide

This British bumblebee identification guide is an easy-to-use key designed to help you identify bumblebees by looking at the insects' colour patterns. It is available as Flash and HTML version.

The Electronic Field Guide (EFG) Project

The Electronic Field Guide (EFG) Project has developed a number of web-based applications that facilitate the identification of species and recording of ecological observations. This project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Departments of Computer Science and Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

The IT Center of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns - Workshops

The IT Center of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB) is organising IT workshops, e.g. Diversity Collection workshops.

The Mycology.Net

The Mycology.Net has been established as a non-commercial scientific data platform for linking mycological and lichenological websites in a structured way.

The Mycology.Net aims to

The Phycology.Net

The Phycology.Net has been established as a non-commercial scientific data platform for linking phycological websites in a structured way. The Phycology.Net aims to

* provide access to online data on the biodiversity of algae, especially their taxonomy, distribution, phylogeny, descriptive characters, collections, literature etc.

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is the most complete and freely available software for statistical computing and graphics allowing the accomplishment of Generalized Linear Models, Generalized Additive Models, Classification and Regression Trees or Neural Networks models.

Tolkin

TOLKIN is an on-line research tool to be shared among several laboratories working remotely. It is an information management and analytical web application to provide informatics support for phylodiversity and biodiversity research projects. As a web-based application, TOLKIN is able to support collaborative projects by providing shared access to a variety of data on voucher specimens, taxonomy, bibliography, morphology, DNA samples and sequences.

TROPICOS

 

W3TROPICOS provides new and improved access to the Missouri Botanical Garden's VAST nomenclatural database and associated authority files. In this release (rev. 1.5), the following information is provided when present (* indicates a hypertext link to additional information about a name or reference):

UBio NameBank

NameBank is a registry for all recorded taxon names.

NameBank is a biological name server. It stores and serves NameBankIDs via Life Science Identifiers, a persistent and distinct identifier. Each NameBank LSID returns a NameBank object which contains information about the NameBank record.

Walking with woodlice

This simple key targeted at primary school pupils helps identifying woodlice most likely found in the UK. It uses special typeface and simple language in order to be appealing to this age group.

WhyWhere

WhyWhere is another modeling software similar to GARP that can detect strong associations with virtually any distribution type because it does not require assumptions about the form of the distributions such as gaussian, sigmoidal, exponential, etc, as an input.

World Biodiversity Database

The World Biodiversity Database currently consists of 21 separate projects. All projects (except the cranefly database) were generated using the Web Publisher facility of ETI's Linnaeus II software. Click a project title for more information.

Ws2m. Software for the measurement and analysis of species diversity

Ws2m estimate the number of species in a collection of identified individuals generating a series of statistics for a randomly ordered data set. Ws2m uses a large (and user-controllable) variety of estimators to produce the estimates. It also reports the number of individuals used to that point and the actual number of species so far obtained in the collection. It can report species-abundance distributions and Jaccard indices.

X:ID

The X:ID system is composed of a Editor and a Browser. The Editor is used to create and edit keys. The Browser is used to run them. X:ID is an XML-based identification and diagnostic key software system. It allows users to create their own web-based diagnostic or identification keys and run them over locally or over the web. The XML-based format is combined with the eXtensible Style Sheet Transformation (XSLT) markup to allow developers to tailor the look of their keys.

Xper2

Xper2 is a flexible and powerful knowledge management tool that helps users make an identification or diagnosis. It is a complete system that can performs management of descriptive data (creation of knowledge databases), and offers many associated tools in order to analyse those descriptive data (control and prevent of inconsistencies, comparison and analysis of taxonomic descriptions, summary of the base). Xper2 has an Editor and a Player for creating and deploying identification keys (free acces keys).

XPER² in action - Video tutorial on XPER²

Short silent video of presentation of the XPER² software (management of taxonomic descriptions and interactive identification keys).

ZONATION

Zonation is a reserve selection framework for spatial conservation planning. It identifies areas important for retaining habitat quality and connectivity for multiple species, indirectly aiming at species’ long-term persistence. Zonation can be used for various purposes such as spatial conservation prioritization, conservation assessment, reserve selection and reserve network design.

ZooBank

The scientific names of animal species are crucial to effective global communication about biodiversity, and hence its use and conservation. Without broad agreement on the name of a disease-bearing microbe, vital food species, or threatened animal, we can't even begin to combat, exploit or conserve them.

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