This reference centre will be comprised of specialised databases that will record and organise the widely dispersed information on taxonomy, geographic and bathymetric distribution, ecological and biological characteristics and bibliography.
To cover the different types of information, the database is organised in different modules linked together:

The bibliography module gathering more than 9000 references about:

The field data module (named "MISTA") will gathering all available information about collecting stations and collected specimens from all I.R.Sc.N.B. missions in the Southern Ocean, and also about Antarctic material provided by foreign expeditions and the Antarctic Amphipodologists Network researchers.

The inventory of crustacean and benthos collections from the Southern Ocean kept at I.R.Sc.N.B. will be added in the future.

The taxonomic and faunistic data module on the Southern Ocean amphipods (Gammaridea, Caprellidea and Hyperiidea). It will contain the systematic classification, the critical inventory of all benthic, supralitoral and pelagic species, with synonymy and references.

The bio-ecological data module records as far as possible for each species, the published or new information about ecological and biological characteristics, like the life style, the habitat, the mobility, the life history, the trophic role, the functional ecomorphology.

An example of application: The Admiralty Bay Benthos Database

Related links

The Taxonomic Database Working Group (TWDG)

A site with a lot of links: the list of software for biological management and informations about biological standards.

The National Biodiversity Network: an U.K. project

An ambitious project of database, with the conceptual schemes available.

The ASC standards

The ASC draft information model for biological collections.

The Alice Biodiversity datamanagement system

Provide biologists with easy-to-use software for the creation, management and publication of biodiversity databases.

The Delta web site

The DELTA format (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) is a flexible method for encoding taxonomic descriptions for computer processing.

The Platypus software

Platypus is a Microsoft Windows-based program for managing taxonomic, geographic, ecological and bibliographic information.

The Expert Centre for Taxonomic Identification (ETI)

For specialists (taxonomists, ecologists) ETI developed the Linnaeus II software package for biodiversity information and species identification.

The Carto Fauna-Flora HomePage

CFF is a mapping software to represent animals and/or plant distribution.

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