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.

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.


Melastomataceae occur in all tropical biomes, are abundant, ecologically important, and comprise many horticulturally important species. The family comprises an estimated 3,000 "good" species in the Neotropics, 240 in Africa, 230 on Madagascar, and about 1,000 in Asia. One genus, Rhexia, is endemic in North America. The sister clade of Melastomataceae, Memecylaceae, comprises 500 species, most of them in the paleotropics. The site Melastomataceae.Net will present information on the biodiversity of these two families by providing a portal to open-access databases, starting with MEL names. MEL names is a service for accessing the ca.

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

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

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 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

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.


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.

Fauna Europaea

Euro+Med Plantbase



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):


The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.

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.

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)



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.

Berlin Model

The Berlin Model is based on the IOPI model and various later implementations of the basic principles laid out therein. It fully incorporates "potential taxa" (taxa as circumscribed by a reference) as well as the full complexity of botanical names according to the rules of botanical nomenclature. Actually the Berlin Model is implemented as a SQL Server 2000 database. Please contact us for any question or comment.

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