A Source of Taxonomic Expertise (Directory)

Allison R. Brigham abrigham at USGS.GOV
Fri Aug 22 16:42:07 CDT 1997


The Taxonomic Resources and Expertise Directory (TRED) is a
directory of taxonomic specialists for the biota of North
America (North of Mexico). This directory is developed and
maintained through a partnership between the Association of
Systematics Collections (ASC) and the U.S.Geological Survey,
Biological Resources Division and was developed in part to
support the National Biological Information Infrastructure
(NBII)  http://www.nbii.gov/  and the Integrated Taxonomic
Information System (ITIS).

The TRED Database currently contains information submitted by
661 taxonomic specialists.

You may access this directory through the ITIS home page
http://www.itis.usda.gov/itis/   Once on the home page, select
TRED - taxonomic experts in the left column.

Once on the TRED page, if you wish, you may complete the TRED
questionnaire for taxonomic specialists. This questionnaire is
maintained at the ASC (Association of Systematic Collections)
homepage  http://www.ascoll.org/ . If you are already a
participant, you may also update your record within the TRED
Database. The TRED Database is maintained by ASC.

There are two methods of obtaining information in the TRED Database:

1.  Select by the taxonomic specialist's name: information will be
    provided concerning the general and specific taxonomic expertise,
    geographic expertise, and habitat expertise as provided by the

2.  Select by the taxon: information will identify the taxonomic
    specialist(s) for that particular taxon. Selecting by taxon also
    allows you to select by one or more of the following categories:

    A.  general taxonomic expertise OR specific taxonomic expertise
    B.  geographic expertise
    C.  habitat expertise

Hope this information is of assistance.

Allison Brigham
US Geological Survey
National Water Quality Laboratory
Biological Quality Assurance
5293 Ward Road
Arvada, CO  80002

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>Date:         Fri, 22 Aug 1997 15:53:00 -0700
>Reply-To: "Guarino, Luigi" <L.GUARINO at CGNET.COM>
>Sender: Biological Systematics Discussion List <TAXACOM at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU>
>From: "Guarino, Luigi" <L.GUARINO at CGNET.COM>
>Subject:      TO TAXACOM: Databases of expertise
>To: Multiple recipients of list TAXACOM <TAXACOM at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU>
>Is there a database somewhere of taxonomic experts in particular plant
>groups?? I heard of one being maintained by the Department of Botany of the
>University of Oulu in Finland, but I haven't been able to trace it on the
>Web. CAn anybody help??
>Luigi Guarino

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