Systematics Collections Information Model

Jim Beach beach at VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jun 15 15:56:45 CDT 1995

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology of the University of California
has made available a near final draft of its full information
model for biological collections.  The model is the result of a
comprehensive, six-month modeling effort for its vertebrate collections of
birds, herps and mammals as part of an information system re-
engineering project.  In addition to the core vertebrate collections,
numerous ancillary collections are also being analyzed for their
information content and being included in the model.

The MVZ model significantly extends the Association of Systematics
Collections Information Model in several areas.  Notably it integrates
collections information of three vertebrate collections, and at several
levels of intellectual organization above and below that of the specimen.

A summary presentation of the model will be given on Friday June 30, 1995
at 3:00 pm in the library of the MVZ as part of the Association of
Systematics Collections (US) annual meeting being held in Berkeley.  Posters
and copies of the model will be available at the presentation.

We would be delighted to receive comment or critisms of it.

The Adobe Acrobat PDF Files are available via the WWW at:

They are also available via Gopher at the Biodiversity and Biological
Collections Gopher:    under "Standards and Data Models"

They are also available via the Taxacom anonymous FTP server at:    in the directory:  /pub/standards/mvz

Contact: Dr. Stan Blum, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California,
Berkeley, CA 94720, phone: 510 643-0352, email: sblum at,
for additional details or queries.

James H. Beach                          smtp://
Museum Informatics Project                          voice://510.642.0246/
University of California                              fax://510.643.8856/
Room 378, Doe Library          
Berkeley, CA 94720-6200

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