Species Diversity Information Systems: Training Course

Rupert Wilson r.g.wilson at reading.ac.uk
Fri Aug 7 18:36:17 EST 1998


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The following short course is announced.

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Species Diversity Information Systems: 
databases and networks

Training Course in
The Centre for Plant Diversity and Systematics

6-11 September, 1998

The School of Plant Sciences, The University of Reading
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Further details from
Dr H.G.Hewitt email: h.g.hewitt at reading.ac.uk

or at the following url:
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/~sbswilsn/diversity_prog.html

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Rupert Wilson (mailto:r.g.wilson at reading.ac.uk)
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Herbarium (RNG) Database Manager   +      Branch Secretary
Centre for Plant Diversity &       +      MSF Reading University (0053)
Systematics                        +      c/o School of Plant Sciences
School of Plant Sciences           +      The University of Reading
The University of Reading          +      READING
READING                            +      RG6 6AS
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Tel: (0118) 987 5123 ext 4203             Fax: (0118) 975 3676
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<B><FONT SIZE=3D4 COLOR=3D"GREEN">
<P>GENERAL INFORMATION</P></FONT>
<FONT SIZE=3D2 COLOR=3D"BLACK">
<P><B>VENUE</B></P></FONT>
</B><P>The University=92s traditions go back to the late nineteenth centu=
ry when local initiatives established schools of science and art in Readi=
ng. After a generation as a University College the University received it=
s Royal Charter in 1926. Development at the 300 acres Whiteknights (main)=
 campus began in 1954 and continues over forty years later.</P>
<P>The Centre for Plant Diversity &amp; Systematics is a component of the=
 School of Plant Sciences on the Whiteknights campus. The Centre is a foc=
al group in the NERC Taxonomy Initiative and houses the secretariats for =
the<B> ILDIS World Database of Legumes</B>, <B>Species 2000: indexing the=
 world=92s known species</B>, and the new <B>EuroMed PlantBase</B> descen=
dant from <B>Flora Europaea</B>.</P>

<FONT SIZE=3D2 COLOR=3D"BLACK"><B><P>THEME</P></FONT>
</B><P>This is a short training course for those involved in developing s=
pecies diversity information systems that contain a baseline species list=
 or taxonomic framework. It is designed for biologists and project/databa=
se organisers and does not assume or require programming skills. The syst=
ems discussed may encompass plants, animals, fungi or micro-organisms.</P=
>
<P>Four major themes are addressed:</P>
<OL>

<LI>How to organise the taxonomic core of a species diversity information=
 system.</LI>
<LI>Species diversity data.</LI>
<LI>Species diversity database software and how to use it.</LI>
<LI>Networks and links on the Internet including the Species 2000 and Tre=
e of Life systems.</LI></OL>

<P>&nbsp</P><P>&nbsp</P><P>&nbsp</P><P>&nbsp</P>
<P>Course Tutors:</P>
<P>Prof Frank A Bisby, University of Reading</P>
<P>Dr Richard J White, University of Southampton</P>
<P>Dr Stephen L Jury, University of Reading</P>
<P>Dr Francisco Pando de la Hoz, Royal Botanic Gardens, Madrid</P>
<P>Dr Sue M Brandt, University of Reading</P>
<P>Mr Rupert G Wilson, University of Reading</P>
<P>Guest lecturers:</P>
<P>Dr Peter H Schalk, Director, ETI Amsterdam</P>
<P>Dr Walter G Berendsohn, Botanical Garden and Museum, Berlin</P>


<P>&nbsp;</P>
<FONT SIZE=3D4 COLOR=3D"GREEN"><B><P>OUTLINE PROGRAMME</P></B></FONT>
<P>The course will be held in the Centre for Plant Diversity &amp; System=
atics, part of the School of Plant Sciences, 6-11 September, 1998.</P>

<P><B>Sunday 6 September</B></P>
<P>18.00 &nbsp Registration, dinner and accommodation for those travellin=
g  long distance</P>
</DIR>

<P>&nbsp;</P>
<P><b>Monday 7 September<I>&nbsp&nbsp Species Diversity Information Syste=
ms</b></P>
</I><P>08.30 - 09.15&nbsp Registration (Plant Sciences Laboratories)</P>
<P>09.15 - 10.00&nbsp Welcome and introduction to the course - Stephen L =
Jury </P>
<P>10.00 - 10.45&nbsp Overview of different types of species diversity sy=
stem - Frank A Bisby</P>
<P>11.15 - 12.15&nbsp Demonstration and hands-on usage of existing system=
s</P>
<P>14.00 - 14.45&nbsp Discussion on interfaces - Richard J White </P>
<P>14.45 - 17.00&nbsp Presentation of participant=92s own projects and ob=
jectives</P>

<P>&nbsp;</P>
<P><b>Tuesday 8 September<I>&nbsp&nbsp Organisation of the Taxonomic Core=
</i></b></P>
<P>09.00 - 10.00&nbsp Data structures for the taxonomic core - Richard J =
White </P>
<P>10.00 - 11.15&nbsp Sources of taxonomic knowledge, handling changes, v=
ersioning - Frank A Bisby</P>
<P>11.15 - 12.00&nbsp Data standards for the taxonomic core - Frank A Bis=
by, Sue M Brandt</P>
<P>12.00 - 12.15&nbsp Introduction to TDWG - Stephen L Jury, Francisco Pa=
ndo de la Hoz </P>
<P>14.00 - 15.30&nbsp Integrity rules - Richard J White</P>
<P>15.30 - 17.00&nbsp Participant=92s own usage - Rupert G Wilson</P>

<P>&nbsp;</P>
<P><B>Wednesday 9 September<I>&nbsp&nbsp Species Diversity Data</I></B></=
P>
<P>09.00 - 11.15&nbsp Introduction: data sources (species, records, acces=
sions), levels of scrutiny  - Frank A Bisby</P>
<P>11.15 - 14.00&nbsp Descriptive data and descriptions: data structures,=
 standards - Frank A Bisby</P>
<P>14.00 - 15.30&nbsp Image data - Richard J White</P>
<P>15.30 - 16.30&nbsp Natural products data - <i>to be announced</i></P>
<P>16.30 - 17.00&nbsp Coupling with the taxonomic core - Richard J White<=
/P>
<P>17.00 - 17.30&nbsp Participant=92s own usage - Rupert G Wilson</P>

<P>&nbsp;</P>
<P><B>Thursday 10 September<I>&nbsp&nbsp Generic Software for Species Div=
ersity Systems</I></B></P>
<P>09.00 - 09.30&nbsp Introduction - Frank A Bisby, Richard J White</P>
<P>09.30 - 17.00&nbsp Presentations and demonstrations</P>
<DIR><P>PANDORA&nbsp &nbsp PLATYPUS</P>
<P>ALICE&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp FLORIN</P>
<P>BGBASE&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp pcTROPICOS</P>
<P>BRAHMS&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp TITAN</P>
<P>HERBAR&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp NOMEN_FMI</P>
<P>BAS_CORO&nbsp &nbsp Linnaeus II</P></DIR>
<P>14.00 - 15.00&nbsp Guest lecture: ETI and the Linneaus II software  - =
Peter H Schalk</P>
<P>15.00 - 17.30&nbsp Presentations/demonstrations continue</P>

<P>&nbsp;</P>
<P><B>Friday 11 September&nbsp <i>Interoperability, Networking and Intern=
et Cooperative Projects</I></B></P>
<P>09.00 - 09.45&nbsp Interoperability and networking - Richard J White, =
Sue M Brandt</P>
<P>09.45 - 10.45&nbsp Species hyperlinks using CGI Interfaces on World Wi=
de Web - Richard J White</P>
<P>11.15 - 12.15&nbsp Internet Cooperative Projects (Tree of Life and Spe=
cies 2000) - Frank A Bisby</P>
<P>14.00 - 15.00&nbsp Guest lecture: The potential taxon concept - Walter=
 G Berendsohn</P>
<P>15.30 - 16.30&nbsp Discussion: Summary, plans for the future</P>
<P>16.30&nbsp Close</P>

<P>This course is closely followed by the 1998 workshop =91Metadata and I=
noperability=92 of the IUBS Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG). Thi=
s is open to all and further detail are available on request.</P>


<FONT SIZE=3D4 COLOR=3D"GREEN"><B><P>FEES and BURSARIES</P></B></FONT>

<P>The fee, including registration accommodation, breakfast, light refres=
hments and dinner is =A3371.00. It is possible that a number of NERC Burs=
aries will be available to pay the fees for several participants. If you =
wish to apply for one of these, please supply a half-page explanation of =
i) why it is appropriate for you to attend the course and ii) why it is d=
ifficult for you or your sponsor/employer to finance your attendance.</P>

<FONT SIZE=3D3 COLOR=3D"BLACK"><B><P>ACCOMMODATION</P></B></FONT>
<P>Accommodation will be in University Halls of Residence. </P>

<FONT SIZE=3D3 COLOR=3D"BLACK"><B><P>TRAVEL</P></B></FONT>
<P>The University of Reading is easily accessible by road or rail and is =
close to London Heathrow International airport.</P>

<B><P>Arriving by car:</B></P>
<P><I>From the M4</I>. At exit 11 (A33 Reading/Basingstoke) take the mino=
r road to Earley which turns to parallel the motorway. Continue past Shir=
e Hall to the roundabout and turn left towards Reading. Continue, across =
another roundabout, to the first set of traffic lights and turn right int=
o Pepper Lane. The entrance to the University is approximately 300 metres=
 on the left. Inside the driveway at the mini-roundabout turn right. The =
entrance to the car park for the School of Plant Sciences (car park 13) i=
s on the right.</P>
<B>
<P>Arriving by public transport:</P>
</B><P><I>From London by Train.</I> There is a frequent fast train servic=
e from London Paddington to Reading. The journey time is 23 minutes.</P>
<I><P>From London by bus.</I> The university is served by the London Line=
 buses L2, L3 and L5 (Whiteknights campus). </P>
<P><I>From the railway station by taxi.</I> The university is a short jou=
rney from Reading railway station (taxi fare about =A34.00).</P>
<I><P>From the railway station by bus.</I> Reading Transport bus services=
 12 and 20 leave the station forecourt (same side of road as station) fro=
m stop SJ, opposite the camera shop. Buses 61 and 62 leave from stop SC. =
Buses 7 and 8 also travel to the university but stop at the opposite side=
 of the Whiteknights campus from Plant Sciences. For buses 12, 20, 61 and=
 62, alight at the Pepper Lane entrance to the university. Once inside th=
e university campus, turn right at the mini-roundabout and the School of =
Plant Sciences is about 100 metres along the road, on the right.</P>
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</FONT><FONT SIZE=3D2 COLOR=3D"#008000"><P>Arriving by air:</P>
</B><P>There is a frequent Railair bus service from London=92s Heathrow A=
irport to Reading railway station and a direct train service from Gatwick=
 Airport.</P>

<P>&nbsp;</P>

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