Friday, 4 October 2013

Catalogue of Life in Munich

Posters at the conference
Last month Yuri Roskov and Thomas Kunze attended the 106th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society 2013 in Munich, Germany. Here is their account:

Almost every year since 1890 the Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society has brought together zoologists from all specialisms - neurobiologists, ecologists, physiologists and taxonomists to name but a few. This year in southern Germany, over five hundred zoologists come for four days to the main building of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich to exchange their ideas in numerous lectures and poster presentations. Of course that is where we had to be as well.

On behalf of the Catalogue of Life we presented two posters: The Catalogue of Life: plant species for zoologists and Towards a Global Inventory of Animal Species. The aim was to show how the Catalogue of Life can be a good source of taxonomic data for groups in which the user does not have expertise. So a conference with a wide range of participants was highly appreciated to test this.  The posters we presented displayed to potential users how complete the Catalogue is in both plants and animals at the moment and how they can access and use this data for their own work. So for example, checking species names and concepts and classification of related taxa in the Catalogue might be useful in habitat mapping or food chain analysis. The Catalogue of Life is a easy-to-use, source of primary taxonomic knowledge on plants, fungi, microorganisms, bacteria and viruses for zoologists. Enabling them to link their own taxa with hosts, parasites, food sources, symbionts and other members of ecological association.

Furthermore, we met contributors to our datasets and looked for new partners especially from different insect groups where the Catalogue has gap areas. Overall this meeting gave us a great opportunity to target many biologists and explain to them directly our product.

 Posters can be viewed on the i4Life events page.

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