DARWIN CORE BASED DATA STREAMLINING WITH DigiMus 2.0

Aditya P Kakodkar, Sarika S. Kerkar, Neena S. Varghese, Devanand P. Kavlekar, C. T. Achuthankutty

Abstract


Cataloguing biological specimen is a important activity of biological museums world over. Software developed especially for this purpose have evolved overtime to achieve more accuracy in retrieving data from large and diverse datasets. Combining smaller datasets in to a larger information system requires uniformity of data based on a single data standard. In the developing world smaller datasets are maintained by individual researchers or small college and university groups. For standardizing data from such datasets, software needs to be developed, which require expertise and sufficient funds which are often unavailable. We present a simple open source web based tool developed using PHP to enable an individual with little or no knowledge of information systems or databases, to effectively streamline specimen data with data standard Darwin Core 1.2 ( DwC 1.2). Such data can then be shared and easily provided to larger datasets like Ocean Biogeographic Information Systems (OBIS) and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). This tool can be accessed at http://www.niobioinformatics.in/digimus.php and its source code is freely available at http://www.niobioinformatics.in/digimus_source.php

Keywords


Darwin Core, Data standards, Information exchange, Data Streamlining, Biological Specimen

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17161/bi.v6i1.1626

Copyright (c) 2009 Aditya P Kakodkar, Sarika S. Kerkar, Neena S. Varghese, Devanand P. Kavlekar, C. T. Achuthankutty



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