DNA Barcodes pp 255-267 | Cite as

Field Information Management Systems for DNA Barcoding

  • John Deck
  • Joyce Gross
  • Steven Stones-Havas
  • Neil Davies
  • Rebecca Shapley
  • Christopher Meyer
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 858)

Abstract

Information capture pertaining to the “what?”, “where?”, and “when?” of biodiversity data is critical to maintain data integrity, interoperability, and utility. Moreover, DNA barcoding and other biodiversity studies must adhere to agreed upon data standards in order to effectively contextualize the biota encountered. A field information management system (FIMS) is presented that locks down metadata associated with collecting events, specimens, and tissues. Emphasis is placed on ease of use and flexibility of operation. Standardized templates for data entry are validated through a flexible, project-oriented validation process that assures adherence to data standards and thus data quality. Furthermore, we provide export functionality to existing cloud-based solutions, including Google Fusion Tables and Flickr to allow sharing of these data elements across research collaboration teams and other potential data harvesters via API services.

Key words

Field data Metadata FIMS Templates bioValidator Google Fusion Tables 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Deck
    • 1
  • Joyce Gross
    • 1
  • Steven Stones-Havas
    • 2
  • Neil Davies
    • 1
  • Rebecca Shapley
    • 3
  • Christopher Meyer
    • 4
  1. 1.Berkeley Natural History MuseumsUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.BioMatters Ltd.AucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Structured Data Group, Google ResearchGoogle Inc.Mountain ViewUSA
  4. 4.Department of Invertebrate Zoology, MRC-163National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA

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