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A comprehensive species database is a very important tool for sound biodiversity conservation planning and decision making. The presence and/or absence of species in a particular ecosystem is an indicator of the state of health of the natural resources in such ecosystems and can be used as basis for conservation and management actions. Thus, species information should be organized and digitized in a standard common format for ease of integration and analysis.  

 

The Darwin Core 2 (DwC) is a globally accepted standard format for encoding species-related information. It was designed to facilitate the exchange of information about the geographic occurence of species and the existence of specimens in collection and allows data owners to publish biodiversity informaiton in a format that can be understood and used by everyone.  DwC contains 74 fields, elements or attributes that can be used to describe the most common information about a specimen. 

 

Most species information in a country reside in different organizations (e.g., academe,  museums, NGOs, GOs, etc.) and in various formats (hard and soft copies). To facilitate encoding of species information into the Darwin Core 2 standard format, online and offline species database encoding interfaces have been prepared by ACB.

 

Online Species Database Encoding Interface

 

The figure below shows a screen capture of the online species database encoding interface. The 74 fields are grouped into five categories such as classification, taxonomy, record level, growth parameters,  and collecting event. A facility for uploading species images is also included in this interface.

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Access the Online Species Database Encoder

 

Offline Species Database Encoding Interface

 

The offline species database encoding interface was developed in Microsoft Excel, a software program that is familiar to most users and is accessible and available in most computers. The 74 fields are also grouped into five categories such as classification, taxon, record level, growth parameters and collecting event. A facility for uploading species images is also provided. The figure below shows a screen capture of the interface.

 

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Access the Offline Species Database Encoding Interface