Rapid taxonomic revisions using Internet-integrated relational databases: An example using Erythroneura (sensu lato)

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Taxonomie revisions of highly speciose groups are challenging because they require efficient management and synthesis of large amounts of nomenclatural, morphological, and distributional data. When undertaken using traditional methodologies, such projects often require many years to yield publishable results. Technological advances, including relational databases, digital imaging, and Internet dissemination, provide the means to overcome some of the logistical problems inherent to large revisions, and provide systematists with tools to increase both the quality and quantity of such studies. The paper describes the 31 software package, which is freely available from the following web site: http://ctap.inhs.uiuc.edu/dmitriev/ and intended to facilitate the efficient production of Internet-based virtual taxonomie revisions and published monographs. The package facilitates storage, retrieval and integration of taxonomie nomenclature, specimen-level data on distributions and ecological associations, morphological character data and associated illustrations, and bibliographic information. These data are stored in a customized MS Access database. Web interfaces for specialized querying of the database were developed using ASP (Active Server Pages).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-114
Number of pages2
JournalBulletin of Insectology
Volume61
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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Keywords

  • 3I
  • Interactive key
  • Revision
  • Software
  • Systematics
  • Taxonomy

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  • Insect Science

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