LIAS – A Global Information System for Lichenized and Non-Lichenized Ascomycetes

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LIAS is a multi-authored information system for the collection and distribution of descriptive and other biodiversity data on lichens and non-lichenized ascomycetes. The goal is

* to provide a working space for cooperation and collaboration of experts on ascomycetes in the Internet

* to establish a multi-authored worldwide database on descriptive data of all ascomycetes

* to design user-friendly web tools for an easier access and remote editing of database records via Internet

* to offer a online database system for multiple usage and therewith dissemination of expert knowledge especially by providing public access to database generated identification keys and natural language description of ascomycetes

* to promote the gathering, furnishing and administration of data by experts in a standard database system which allows an information deposit for individual use only (e. g. for revision) and – after agreement – the public access to the data via Internet

* to promote common standards on descriptive data connected with taxonomic names of ascomycetes to facilitate interoperability and data exchange

The vision of LIAS is to establish a non-commercial global information system of advanced technology where published biodiversity data of all ascomycetes are joint in a multi-authored database and used for the most sophisticated queries.

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