UGAWA Yoshihiro National Institute of Agrobiological Resources, Genetic Resources II,Head, DNA管理情報科, 科長 (20232803)
KIHARA Akira Hosei University, Institute of General Education, Assistant, 第一教養部, 助手 (50153169)
As knowledge of biological science requires compilation of a large amount of relevant information, which has been rapidly increasing in recent years, databasing of this information will be an essential feature of biology in the upcoming century. Distributed, public-domain databases (DPDD) on the Internet offer solutions to the problems that hinder the compilation of information.
DPDD will especially play an important role in taxonomy where researchers have had difficulty in accessing information because of the widely scattered type specimens. We constructed a color image database for Japanese ants in cooperation with the Myrmecological Society of Japan, in which type specimens are replaced with digitized color images which are replicable without any loss of information. We also construct Protist Information Server compiling various images of protists which were produced in the course of investigations. Ant database contains about 600 images of japanese ants and their taxonomical descriptions (7600 files, 117M bytes). On one hand, protist database contains 2120 images of various protists speices and related data (13000 files, 866 M bytes).
Our databases are not only accessible from the Internet but also available on CD-ROM (hybrid-version for Macintosh, Windows95, UNIX). Until now, more than 4000 disks for both databases have been delivered to many researchers, school-teachers (primary, middle, high), and others.