Flora of North America: Synergy with other Botanical Projects
Wagner, Warren .
It's not just a Flora anymore.
WE live in a time of unprecedented loss of biodiversity and global homogenization. With funding for exploration, description, and a refined understanding of species being a low global priority, traditional approaches to writing floras are no longer adequate. Therefore, we need to find more efficient methods to increase productivity. We must develop an internet-based system to reduce the high level of redundancy in floristic and monographic work, in which descriptions and other detailed (including phylogenetic) information on species, genera, etc., are written into an online database and made available for online and paper-based flora projects, monographs and publication of new taxa. Some data by their nature must be maintained by distributed data centers linked via portals (e.g., collections) while other information should be centralized (e.g., taxon information and nomenclature). Plant information developed in a collaborative online system would allow data on species and higher level groups to appear on Web sites as soon as they are written and edited, and immediately after new information or taxa are published.
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1 - Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, MRC 166, National Museum Of Natural History, Washington, DC, 20013-7012, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM