Biologia Centrali-Americana

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About the Project

The EBCA project, and the associated INOTAXA project, grew from a desire by the partners to widen greatly the accessibility of the information they hold. Currently data needed to undertake many kinds of research, including taxonomic, are available only as a scattered and widely distributed resources, inaccessible or unknown to the majority of the people who need them. Many of these data are held by the project partners, in their libraries, attached to specimens in their collections, in their card indices or in databases.

A major resource for Mesoamerica, and the initial focus of this project, is the Biologia Centrali-Americana. Currently the text is made available here as navigable JPEG images. It is also being marked up into XML and will be made fully searchable. Species and other taxa will be viewable individually, and links established from suitable points to collections databases, catalogues of names, other digitized texts, and web tools. In this way all relevant data sources will be made available through a single access point. Initially the resource will be available through the Internet, but production on CD-ROM is being considered. Details of the project are presented in the documents linked to from this page.

Project Documents

PowerPoint presentations

Other articles, etc.