Morphology database going global

October 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Mapping | No Comments »

Morphbank is an open web repository of images serving the biological research community. It is currently being used to document specimens in natural history collections, to voucher DNA sequence data, and to share research results in disciplines such as taxonomy, morphometrics, comparative anatomy, and phylogenetics. With a $2.25 million NSF grant, Fredrik Ronquist and his team at Florida State University hope to eventually have a database accessible by everyone from kindergarteners to researchers with user friendly features such as image recognition to identify the species of an organism from a user-uploaded photograph.

via Biology News Net | FSU


MorphBank can serve as a virtual reference collection of named organisms or a resource for comparative morphological study; new use cases are continuously added. Each image in the database is associated with fully searchable text information, and images can be downloaded in several different formats.



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