The Website of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)
News and Notes
|The Biologicals Surveys main roles (to act as a
coordinating office for information, coordinate scientific work to foster active research
projects and produce synthetic publications, and to address matters of general concern to
biologists) are being enhanced with expansion of the Surveys website, an expansion
which will soon be fully implemented.
The Biological Survey has had a presence on the web since 1997. Last year a subcommittee of the Surveys advisory Scientific Committee recommended that the site be expanded to make more faunal content available and to increase the profile of the Survey and its projects. With the assistance of Agnes Bonk, an intern hired through the Youth International Internship Program, a redesign and expansion was undertaken late in 1999. The Survey is pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website.
In addition to a new look the site now contains more specific content. For example most of the Surveys briefs are now available online in both Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and web page formats. Some larger publications are also available electronically. Insect Dormancy: An Ecological Perspective (H.V. Danks, 1987) has been out of print for some time but the full text is available now on the website. Insects of the Yukon has also been posted. Users can view or download the complete text or individual chapters. Most of the publications that are available as Acrobat files have the added benefit of being searchable.
An objective of the site is to promote key projects of the Survey. The Surveys currently developing major project on the arthropods of Canadian grasslands is featured in a section of the site that has a description of the project, information on the upcoming informal conference, and the text for all of the grasslands newsletters. More information will be added as the project progresses.
A fledgling project on faunal analysis aims to compile accurate and authoritative, up-to-date, information on the diversity of Canadas terrestrial arthropod fauna. Such data will allow the Biological Survey of Canada and others to demonstrate needs related to faunal studies, especially the need for more positions in systematics. It is hoped that posting of existing data will be an incentive for experts to update the older estimates of Canadian diversity.
To promote coordination and cooperation among Canadian entomologists the Survey has long published an Annotated List of Workers on Systematics and Faunistics of Canadian Insects and Certain Related Groups. In the near future this information will be part of the site in the form of a searchable database. Users will be able to search by name (of people), taxon, ecological group or city of interest. Search results will show name and contact information of relevant entomologists as well as their detailed interests and current projects. An online form is available for additions and updates. This database is kept up to date by the Survey Secretariat and it is hoped that having the information on the web will facilitate access to the database as well as encourage entomologists to submit revised information.
Navigation of the Surveys new site has been made easier with the addition of a site map and a search feature. The website is at http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/esc.hp/bschome.htm. Suggestions for improvements or additions are always welcome. Thanks go to the Entomological Society of Canada (and webmaster Barry Lyons) and the University of Alberta for hosting our site.
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