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Yu ecn2013 cnc_databasing

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Yu ecn2013 cnc_databasing

  1. 1. Canadian National Collection Databasing By Dicky Sick Ki Yu Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  2. 2. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes CNC • • • • • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Started in 1886 Approximately 16 million specimens 1,400 cabinets 12,219 primary types
  3. 3. 960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, CANADA
  4. 4. 960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, CANADA
  5. 5. Curatorial Units 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Arachnids – Dr. Fred Beaulieu Coleoptera – Dr. Pat Bouchard Diptera – Dr. Jeff Skevington Hemiptera – Dr. Bob Foottit Hymenoptera – Dr. Andy Bennett Lepidoptera – Dr. J.F. Landry Miscellaneous – Dr. Owen Lonsdale Nematodes – Dr. Qing Yu
  6. 6. Arachnida • 350,000 slides of Acari (Mites, Ticks) with 1,000 primary types • 200,000 specimens of Aranae (Spiders) with 200 primary types
  7. 7. Coleoptera • • • • • • • 2,300,000 specimens Primary types Total = 2,404 231 Adephaga (Carabidae,Dytiscidae, etc.) 931 Cucujiformia (Curculionidae, Chrysomelidae etc.) 766 Staphylinoidea (Staphylinidae, Leiodidae etc.) 278 Elateriformia (Elateridae, Cantheridae etc.) 172 Scarabaeiodea (Scarabaeidae, Geotrupidae etc.)
  8. 8. Diptera • • • • • >2,000,000 specimens Primary types Total nearly 4,500 28% Brachycera 41% Schizophora (excl. Tachindae) 31% Tachinidae
  9. 9. Hemiptera • • • • • 850,000 specimens Primary types Total = 721 200 aphids 500 Hemiptera 21 Thysanoptera
  10. 10. Hymenoptera • • • • • • • • 3,000,000 specimens Primary types Total = 3,317 1,114 Ichneumonidae 715 Braconidae 531 Chalcidoidea 403 Proctotrupoidea 395 Bees 115 Sawflies
  11. 11. Lepidoptera • 1,600,000 specimens • Microlepidoptera – 417,000 specimens (Pyraloidea, Gelechiodea, Tortricoidea) • Macrolepidoptera – 1,141,800 specimens (Noctuoidea, Geometroidea, Papilionoidea) • 1,130 Primary types
  12. 12. Miscellaneous • Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Trichoptera, Orthoptera, Collembola, Mallophaga, Mecoptera, Neuropteroidea • 1,397 drawers • 85,000 vials • 4,500 slides • 94 Primary types
  13. 13. Amber Fossil • • • • • 1,432 specimens 498 Hemiptera 344 Diptera 272 Arachnida 155 Hymenoptera • 24 Primary types
  14. 14. Nematodes • • • • 88,000 specimens 29,000 slides 5,000 vials 266 primary types
  15. 15. Present Databases • • • • • • Excel files kept by Unit curators FileMaker Pro on local area network FoxPro on personal computers Firebird (Borland) on personal computers MS Access on personal computers Associate with third party databases and websites • No digital database
  16. 16. Proposed Database • Create a centralised dynamic website with PHP scripts & MySQL database • Specimen database with variable information • Taxonomic database with variable information • Users act as editors – direct interact with the database anywhere in the world
  17. 17. Specimens with variable information Specimen •Specimen ID •Date •Collection method •Collector •Location •Country/Province •Latitude/longitude •Elevation •Sex •Life stage •Preparation •Depository •Storage •Taxon •Common name Content User defined field name User defined content User defined content Notes 1.Images 2.Files-pdf, doc, rtf 3.Museum codes 4.Country/Province 5.People’s name 6.Reference 7.Taxonomic name 8.Text 9.Real number 10.Latitude/longitude 11.Web-link
  18. 18. Taxa with variable information
  19. 19. CNC-ottawa.ca – Specimen page
  20. 20. CNC-ottawa.ca – Taxon webpage
  21. 21. Taxapad – Taxon page
  22. 22. Taxapad – Taxon page
  23. 23. Taxapad – Combination history
  24. 24. Taxapad – Biology page
  25. 25. Taxapad – Morphology page
  26. 26. Taxapad – Morphological index
  27. 27. Taxapad – Taxon distribution
  28. 28. Taxapad – Graphic Distribution
  29. 29. Taxapad – Taxonomic Tree
  30. 30. Taxapad – Catalogue-style listing
  31. 31. CNC-ottawa.ca – Label Creation
  32. 32. Loan label Location label Dissection slide label front back ID number labels Identification label CNC-ottawa.ca
  33. 33. CNC-ottawa.ca – Specimen page
  34. 34. CNC-ottawa.ca – Taxon page
  35. 35. CNC-ottawa.ca – Taxon webpage
  36. 36. Challenges • The size of the collection • Databases already in use
  37. 37. Possible Co-operations • • • • Taxonomic database is needed for all collection databases A centralized taxonomic database can be divided among co-operating institutions who have special expertise in their taxonomic groups Function taxonomic database can be downloaded to individual institute Link to centralized database for supporting information
  38. 38. Thanks for your attention!

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