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  1. 1. Neotropikey William Milliken Bente Klitgård Amelia Baracat
  2. 2. Neotropikey <ul><li>Key to the 318 Angiosperm families present in the Neotropics. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed in the software Lucid 3.5 accompanied by family </li></ul><ul><li>webpages developed in FactSheetFusion. </li></ul><ul><li>220 individual linked to the key, give access to additional </li></ul><ul><li>information – and about 60 contain dichotomous keys to genera. </li></ul>Free, online, interactive, illustrated identification key. Also CD version to be used in places without internet access. <ul><li>An important resource for people with little access to botanical </li></ul><ul><li>identification literature </li></ul><ul><li>Electronical nature makes it easy to update. </li></ul>Follows the APG II classification system, with the Monocot families circumscribed to reflect the APG III. <ul><li>The Kew Tropical America team finances the project with staff </li></ul><ul><li>time for development, coordination, and editing. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 100 taxonomists: 45 in Latin America, 30 international, </li></ul><ul><li>and 25 from Kew contribute their specialist families. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The key
  4. 4. Family webpages
  5. 5. Glossary
  6. 6. Keys to generic level
  7. 7. The future <ul><li>Lucid keys to genus level and accompanying genus level websites </li></ul><ul><li>or community built scratchpads and links to existing genus level </li></ul><ul><li>resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Translate into Spanish/Portuguese. </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Tropicos, GPI, EOL, INPI, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to checklists of Brazil, ConoSur, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, </li></ul><ul><li>Colombia, Flora Meso, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new systems of access. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>July 2010 - Neotropikey first online: 1 st circular to all 100 contributors and other interested communities.  </li></ul><ul><li>Neotropikey launched specially Latin American community at Brazilian congress in September 2010 and the Latin American congress in October 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>February 2011 - Latin American Malvoideae-key online: 1 st real Neotropikey newsletter. </li></ul><ul><li>CDs to sent to contributors. </li></ul><ul><li>Neotropikey hosted on the Kew and recently also on the Lucid website. </li></ul><ul><li>Each burst of publicity >> a surge in visits to the key and in user feedback and bug reports.  </li></ul><ul><li>Focal points for users e.g. central Kew portal for e-taxonomic products. </li></ul>Publicity and users How do we best improve key visitor figures?
  9. 9. Users and Contributors <ul><li>Contributions to remaining family and generic level information resources – scratchpads. </li></ul><ul><li>Contributors become “co-owners” of family scratchpad, we keep quality control. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid duplication by linking to existing online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas welcome...! </li></ul>How do we best attract and work with new contributors and maintain good relationships with “old” contributors?
  10. 10. Welcome to Neotropikey! CDs are available for testing!