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Plankton taxonomy in the computer age
Jouenne, F.; Probert, I.; Vaulot, D. (2008). Plankton taxonomy in the computer age. Cah. Biol. Mar. 49(4): 355-367
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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    Databases; Internet; Plankton; Taxonomy; Websites; Marine

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  • Jouenne, F.
  • Probert, I.
  • Vaulot, D.

    Preservation of biodiversity starts with knowledge and cataloguing of biodiversity, i.e . taxonomy. In this context, numerous web-based projects have developed over the last fifteen years, several with the ambitious aim of listing all living organisms described to date. Individual lists have been progressively incorporated into federative projects, such as Species 2000, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), or more recently the Encyclopedia of Life. We illustrate these changes by reviewing existing on line resources and presenting in some detail Plankton*Net, an interactive website dedicated to the taxonomy and images of plankton. We then provide some perspectives on the possible evolution of the links between taxonomy and the Internet.

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