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Cataloguing Indian biota: the electronic catalogue of known Indian fauna
Chavan, V.; Watve, A.V.; Londhe, M.S.; Rane, N.S.; Pandit, A.T.; Krishnan, S. (2004). Cataloguing Indian biota: the electronic catalogue of known Indian fauna. Curr. Sci. 87(6): 749-763
In: Current Science. Current Science Association: Bangalore. ISSN 0011-3891, more
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  • Chavan, V.
  • Watve, A.V.
  • Londhe, M.S.
  • Rane, N.S.
  • Pandit, A.T.
  • Krishnan, S.

    One of the major mega-biodiversity nations, India is known to harbour rich and diverse biotic resources within the length and breadth of its territory. Data and information regarding these resources remain distributed with several organizations and individuals, making it difficult to access adequate and accurate information about them, easily and efficiently. This calls for development of well-constructed electronic catalogues (ECAT) of known biotic resources of India. This article, while discussing the importance of development of electronic catalogues of known life, reviews the global and national scenario. We share our experience of developing web-interfaced ECAT of known Indian fauna (IndFauna). Accessible at, this catalogue raises several issues concerned with taxonomy or systematics and information technology in biodiversity information management. Baseline information on more than 93% of the 90, 000 known faunal species in India has been documented in IndFauna, which demonstrates a model of collaboration between domain experts and IT managers. It is our belief that such ECATs would be effective in overcoming taxonomic impediments as well as better sustainable use and conservation of our biotic resources.

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