FW: Free Lucid offer for developing nations

Kevin Thiele K.Thiele at CBIT.UQ.EDU.AU
Fri Jul 23 22:38:54 CDT 2004

Building taxonomic capacity in developing nations by increasing
the development of identification keys using Lucid software

The Centre for Biological Information Technology (CBIT) at the University of
Queensland (www.cbit.uq.edu.au), with support from the Gordon and Betty
Moore Foundation, has established a program to support the development and
implementation of new interactive identification tools in developing

CBIT has created the Lucid suite of interactive identification and taxonomic
information programs. The two main components of the Lucid system are -
. The Lucid3 Matrix system - used to create and deploy random-access
(matrix) keys
. The Lucid Phoenix system - which can transform published dichotomous
(pathway) keys for computer deployment.

Both systems are fully web-deployable and are cross-platform. For more
information on these and other Lucid tools, see www.lucidcentral.org.

Under the new support program, CBIT will distribute 300 free copies of the
latest Lucid3 Matrix software to institutions and individuals in developing
countries, and provide targeted support, training and technical services in
a number of these countries.

Taxonomists, conservation workers and others in developing countries with
the capacity to develop interactive identification products are invited to
apply for a free copy of the Lucid3 software by emailing to
banyan at lucidcentral.org - in the email, please address the following

. Your name
. Your address
. Your organisation
. What groups of organisms do you initially plan to use Lucid3 for (include
taxonomic rank, numbers of taxa)?
. Who would you see as the main users of the key(s) (e.g. conservation
workers, other taxonomists, quarantine pest identification officers,
ecologists, teachers)?
. Do you plan to build the key(s) collaboratively? If so, who would be your

Please feel free to distribute this notification to colleagues in developing
countries who may not receive it via TAXACOM and who may be interested in
the program.

Centre for Biological Information Technology
June 2004

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