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Development of an updating information system on Decapoda Crustacea museum collections, useful in education and scientific research
Koukouras, A.; Kitsos, M.S.; Kirmitzoglu, I.; Arvanitidis, C. (2007). Development of an updating information system on Decapoda Crustacea museum collections, useful in education and scientific research, in: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37: pp. 81-89
In: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37. IOC Workshop Report, 202. VI, 192 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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  • Koukouras, A.; Kitsos, M.S.; Kirmitzoglu, I.; Arvanitidis, C. (2004). Development of an updating information system on Decapoda Crustacea museum collections, useful in education and scientific research, in: Ocean Biodiversity Informatics, Hamburg, Germany: 29 November to 1 December 2004: book of abstracts. pp. 74, more

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Document types: Conference paper; Summary

Keywords
    Data collections; Education; Information systems; Museum collections; Decapoda [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Koukouras, A.
  • Kitsos, M.S., more
  • Kirmitzoglu, I.
  • Arvanitidis, C., more

Abstract
    Natural-history museum collections contain large amounts of historical and contemporary data for the assessment of global invertebrate biodiversity. Nevertheless, these data can not be easily accessed due to a series of constrains, including the lack of relative internet-based databases.Towards this end, in the Zoological Museum of the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki (ZMAUTH) a new information system is under development on the Decapoda Crustacea collections. ZMAUTH hosts large collections of decapod species from all habitats of the Aegean Sea and other Mediterranean areas. Recently, all these decapod specimens along with information on the habitat from which they were collected were computerized and a dynamic database was created, also suitable for use through the internet. In this database, a complete bibliographic list of the decapod species known from the NE Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea is also included as well as the relevant information on the habitat of each one of them.Furthermore, all literature information concerning the systematics, zoogeography, ecology, biology, conservation and cultural status of every registered decapod species are being computerised in the database.In this study, we demonstrate the procedures through which a user of this database can: (1) acquire the existing literature information for a species or a group of species, (2) acquire new scientific information, (3) assess, through a comparison his own relative data and (4) educate students and young researchers.

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