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Darwin-L Message Log 7:27 (March 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<7:27>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Mar 10 20:45:01 1994

Date: Thu, 10 Mar 1994 21:44:58 -0500 (EST)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Natural history collections on the Internet (fwd from BIODIV-L)
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

The catalogs of a number of natural history collections have recently
become available over the Internet, mostly via gopher.  This listing of
accessible collection catalogs just appeared on Biodiv-L, and I thought
it might be of interest to some Darwin-L subscribers.  The collections
gopher at Harvard, mentioned below, is accessible from the Darwin-L
gopher on rjohara.uncg.edu in the directory "Network Resources in the
Historical Sciences."

Bob O'Hara (darwin@iris.uncg.edu)

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Date: Thu, 10 Mar 1994 10:44:51 +22305714 (HST)
From: Scott Miller <scottm@bishop.bishop.hawaii.org>
Subject: Biological Collections via gophers

The following was prepared at request of the Pacific Science Association,
but it may be of more general interest...

        Biological collections databases available on Internet

        Internet  provides unparalleled opportunities to make  data  from
        museum collections available (e.g., Miller, 1993, Bull. Ent. Res.
        83: 471-474).  Gopher servers have become popular interfaces  for
        databases of many kinds.  Museum collection data are only  begin-
        ning  to  become available.  The following  list  includes  those
        collections  databases  known to me in March 1994.  The  list  is
        probably incomplete and will hopefully be out-of-date soon.

        All  these  databases  may be reached via  the  Biodiversity  and
        biological collections gopher at Harvard University, or via other
        gophers, some of which are listed below (except the U.S. National
        Fungus  collection,  available only via telnet).  This  list  in-
        cludes  only  databases  dealing with specimen  data,  not  those
        dealing  primarily with taxonomic or other data.  This list does
        not include data from living collections.  Sizes of  databases
        refer  to approximate number of records; in some  cases  a
        record includes more than one specimen (e.g., a lot).  A database
        is  considered complete if it includes all the records  available
        for the category suggested by the title.  These databases include
        over 2 million records already and are growing rapidly.

        SUBJECT                                        SIZE      COMPLETE
        =================================================================
        PLANTS & FUNGI

        Aust. Nat. Bot. Garden herbarium              160,000        no
        Univ. Texas Herbarium types                     4,000        yes
        Harvard Univ. Herbarium types                  30,000        no
        Farlow Herbarium diatom exsiccatae             13,000        no
        Calif. Acad. Sci. Herbarium types               9,000        yes
        Smithsonian plant types                        88,000        yes
        Australian plant specimens (ERIN database)    800,000        no
        U.S. National Fungus Collection (USDA)        550,000        no

        INVERTEBRATES

        Australian animal specimens (ERIN database)    50,000        no
        Boulder County, Colorado insects               26,000        no
        Museum of Comparative Zoology insect types     15,000        no
        Museum Comp. Zoology Microlepidoptera types       600        yes
        Museum of Comparative Zoology spider types          ?        yes
        Univ. Calif. Mus. Paleo. invertebrate types    11,000        yes
        Univ. Calif. Mus. Paleo. microfossil types          ?        no

        VERTEBRATES

        Cornell University fish collection             70,000        ?
        Museum of Comparative Zoology fish types        2,500        no
        Univ. Texas Austin fish                        23,000        yes
        Univ. Calif. Mus. Paleo. vertebrate types       7,800        yes
        Slater Museum birds                            20,000        yes
        Neotropical fish collections (NEODAT Project) 280,000        no

        GOPHER ADDRESSES

        Australian Nat. Botanic Garden          osprey.erin.gov.au 70
        Biodiversity gopher at Harvard          huh.harvard.edu 70
        Environmental Resources Info. Network   kaos.erin.gov.au 70
        NEODAT Project (Neotropical fish)       fowler.acnatsci.org 70
        Smithsonian Institution                 nmnhgoph.si.edu 70
        Univ. Calif. Museum Paleontology        ucmp1.berkeley.edu 70
        Univ. Colorado                          gopher.colorado.edu 70

        TELNET

        U.S. National Fungus Collection         fungi.ars-grin.gov
             access with "login user" and "user"

        ========

        Scott Miller, Bishop Museum, Box 19000-A, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817,
        USA; scottm@bishop.bishop.hawaii.org

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