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The Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Resource is a demonstration of an ecosystem-based data and information infrastructure, constructed in a wiki environment, that can be collaboratively developed by anyone who is willing to offer data and is also freely available to everyone who needs information.
The Resource brings together taxon and other information for a single ecosystem, making it more accessible for people working with that ecosystem such as scientists, managers and policy makers.
The Resource is easily added to and updated by approved editors an can be used as a platform for institutions, experts and enthusiasts to network and collaborate on the web.
The wiki environment allows for easy creation and editing of interlinked webpages and is geared towards collaboration. It also provides a standardised way of bringing information together.
Mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems were chosen for this project because:
* they have a high conservation significance
* there is a wide body of information available
* they form readily recognisable vegetation types
* and contain major groups of plants and animals.