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The AnimalBase database is primarily established to link the old literature with the names of the animals described therein. We have continuously gone through the old works, from 1757 onwards, and entered all correctly described new animal names (genera and species taxa) by hand according to a standard established by our working group. Today the database should include all zoological taxa described from 1757 until 1770. The names are entered into the database along the original literature and largely independently from other databases and secondary literature sources, so that errors will not be duplicated.



Bibster is a Java-based system which assists researchers in managing, searching, and sharing bibliographic metadata (e.g. from BibTeX files) in a peer-to-peer network.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. This literature will be available through a global “biodiversity commons.”


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.


Search the Internet for References Search PubMed and Internet libraries worldwide from ProCite. Export references directly from Web of Science, Current Contents and Discovery Agent. Build your personal reference collection from hundreds of diskette, CD-ROM, Online and Web databases – reduce data entry. Manage Your References Organise your data using standard Windows and Macintosh navigational tools in ProCite. Link to the World Wide Web and capture Web pages into your ProCite database. Locate references in seconds with powerful searching options, such as contains, empty/not empty and more. Save search expressions and re-use them later. Create reference groups to identify a specific subset of a database.

Reference Manager


Mnemosyne: P2P Reference manager


MorphoBank is a web application for conducting phylogenetics or cladistics research on morphology. It enables teams of scientists who use anatomy to study the Tree of Life (phylogeny) to work over the web - in real time - and to do research they could not easily do using desktop programs alone. MorphoBank displays - over the web - dynamic phylogenetic matrices of morphological characters with labeled images demonstrating homology statements, and implements the data editing functions of widely used desktop programs (e.g., Mesquite, Nexus Data Editor) over the web in a password protected environment. It is an environment for virtual collaboration by teams of researchers building phylogenetic matrices with affiliated image data.

Digital Morphology



BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format. In addition to manual typing, BibDesk lets you drag & drop or cut & paste .bib files into the bibliographic database and automatically opens files downloaded from PubMed. BibDesk also keeps track of electronic copies of literature on your computer and allows for searching your database through several keys.

BibDesk integrates well with TeX for creating citations and bibliographies. This integration includes a Citation search completion service, and drag & drop (cut & paste) support for adding citations to TeX files.


JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.4.2 or greater), and should work equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.


CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)


The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community.


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.

Diversity Workbench

The Diversity Workbench is work in progress, aiming at developing a set of information models and application components that collaborate through agreed software interfaces. That is, each component of the Workbench applications uses services from other applications, but at the same time does not need to know about the internal design and implementation of them (encapsulation principle). The goal is increased reuse and collaboration across project and national borders.

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.

IndExs – Index of Exsiccatae

"IndExs - Index of Exsiccatae" is a bibliography of exsiccatal series. With more than 2050 data entries it is nearly complete. "IndExs" comprises information on titles, abbreviations and bibliography of exsiccatae. Exsiccatae are defined here as "published, uniform, numbered sets of preserved specimens distributed with printed labels" (Pfister 1985).

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