[Taxacom] IRMNG is moving...

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 04:06:06 CDT 2016

The IRMNG 2016 release at VLIZ is now official - see

I am continuing to add and upgrade content, fix errors as notified, so
happy to receive alerts as to the latter,,,

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 25 June 2016 at 11:24, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Taxacomers,
> After 10 years of hosting by my (now former) host agency, CSIRO Marine
> Laboratories in Hobart, Australia, my IRMNG (Interim Register of
> Marine and Nonmarine Genera) data system is on the move and will in
> future be hosted by VLIZ, the Flanders Marine Institute in Belgium,
> thanks to a successful offer made by Francisco (Tjess) Hernandez on
> behalf of the VLIZ Data Management Team in 2014.
> For those who may not know, I built IRMNG over the past 10 years to
> solve a problem articulated by OBIS, the Ocean Biogeographic
> Information system, who wanted to know which species names associated
> with incoming data were marine and which were not, also which were
> extant and not fossil. I figured that without a complete species list
> for all biota (then non-existent and still only partly complete) this
> would be too hard to do for "all species", but might be possible for
> "all genera" - a task I thought might be completed with (say) 6 months
> effort back in 2006. Well, 10 years later it is still in progress,
> though a lot more complete than when I started(!) - IRMNG currently
> holds around 485,000 genus names out of an estimated 500,000 ever
> published, covering zoology, botany, prokaryotes and viruses, and is
> being continually updated with additional names as well as relevant
> habitat and extant/fossil flags. IRMNG also holds species lists for
> around 50% of genera but in general less effort has been put in to
> acquire all the species as yet (but we may update more of these from
> other sources over time).
> In the new version of IRMNG there is upgraded content (9,000
> zoological genus names added since 2014, most from the period
> 2008-2014 approx), a range of upgrades to family assignment for
> unassigned genera, record-level links (for around 150,000 genera and
> 150,000 species) to original publication info in BioNames and ION,
> plus ongoing minor fixes and improvements to individual records. With
> the move to VLIZ we add around 300,000 record-level links to the World
> Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), a new web interface supported by
> the VLIZ team (also responsible for WoRMS and related systems sharing
> the same platform), facility to flag taxa as "freshwater" and
> "terrestrial' rather than just "nonmarine", improved reference
> handling and quite a bit more.
> Official announcement of this move will be within the next few weeks
> but in the mean time you are invited to check out the new version of
> the database at its new location, www.irmng.org .
> My thanks to the VLIZ data management team for facilitating this
> transfer and for their new role in the continued hosting and editing
> arrangements for IRMNG from here on.
> Regards to all - Tony
> --
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees

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