SysTax - a Database System for Systematics and Taxonomy

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Systematics and Taxonomy
  • Botanical and zoological systematics (concept based)
  • Hierarchical storage of names and the corresponding potential taxa
  • Flexible multi-level synonymy
  • Storage of vernacular names
  • Linkage of taxa with literature and specimens, characters and character states

Outputs:

  • Data output in formats suitable for direct use in revisions

Literature

  • Storage and administration of references, cross-referencing literature data and taxa
  • Administration of reprint collections

Outputs:

  • Literature lists

Botanical garden

  • Storage and administration of accession data of an unlimited number of gardens and arboreta, determination with a determination history
  • Retrieval of accession lists
  • Creation of seed catalogues
  • Mailing lists for seed catalogues and seeds
  • Linkage to pictures

Outputs:

  • Index seminum, accession lists, printing of labels of thermo-tranfer printer, address labels for sending the index seminum and data labels of the seed material

Collection

  • Storage and administration of label data of an unlimited number of collections (herbaria and zoological collections)
  • Determinations and a determination history
  • Administration of loans and material exchange (herbaria)
  • Linkage to pictures

Outputs:

  • Printing of labels, revision labels, accession lists, letters for loans, reminders, exchange, and loan return
  • Stock lists as tab delimited file
  • Reports via WWW queries

Information on Taxa („IOT“)

  • Information data, alternatively consisting of any combination of texts, pictures, sound files, video sequences, and OLE objects
  • Molecular data with linkage to the EMBL/EBI data base

Outputs:

  • Reports via WWW queries
  • Information objects (texts, pictures, sound files, video sequences and OLE objects)
  • Storage and retrieval of these data objects
  • Storage of pictures can (a) high resolution files, (b) low resolution files for web display, and (c) as thumbnails
  • Linkage with „information on taxa“, literature references, collection objects, and garden accessions.
  • Assignment of rights for web display and download of high resolution pictures

Data access rights

  • System of access rights for collaboration of many persons and institutions (living collection and “dead” collections, literature) on the basis of “individual user”, “institution” and “world” in all program modules
  • Rights on taxa and data sets of “IOT“

Address

  • Administration of addresses, linkage to users and institutions

Distribution

  • Storage of several kinds of „distribution standards“ (geography, biogeography, plant sociology)

Web-queries

  • Quick search
  • Data access via taxon: potential taxa, vernacular names, literature, „IOT“ experts, links to search machines (e.g. Google) and other databases
  • Addresses
  • Literature: references, linked taxa, pictures (scanned text, esp. descriptions)
  • Pictures, sound files

Data exchange

  • Import of taxonomic data and collection data via flat file interfaces, developed in collaboration with the EDIS project and the GBIF partners

SysTax-light  [download]

This program can be used for off-line data access.

Systematics and Taxonomy

  • Hierarchical system of plants and animals, storage of the taxa as „names“, flexible multi-level synonymy, storage of vernacular names
  • Linkage of taxa with literature and specimens

Collections

  • Storage and administration of label data of an unlimited number of collections (herbaria and zoological collections), determinations and a determination history

Outputs:

  • Printing of labels, revision labels, accession lists, letters for loans, reminders, exchange, and loan return
  • Stock lists as tab delimited file

Botanical gardens

  • Storage and administration of garden accession data, determination with a determination history
  • Retrieval of accession lists
  • Creation of seed catalogues
  • Mailing lists for seed catalogues and seeds

Outputs:

  • Index seminum, accession lists, printing of address labels for sending the index seminum and data labels of the seed material

Literature

  • Storage and administration of references, Cross-referencing literature data and taxa
  • Administration of reprint collections

Outputs:

  • Literature lists
  • Data export interface
  • Export interface for data exchange with the „central“ SysTax system at Ulm.