The DINA project is an international collaborative software project dealing with the management of natural history collections. The project is run jointly by major museums in Sweden and is currently being extended to museums in the Nordic/Baltic countries. The focus of the project is to create a shared information system for registration, handling and presentation of natural history collections.
The system is being developed with international partners using Open Source software. The DINA system will be based on existing collection management software, and is planned to be in function at the end of 2013. The project is supported financially by the Swedish Species Initiative.
GBIF is an international project committed to the collection and subsequent presentation of information on all species on earth using the Internet. The information gathered concerns museum specimens (e. g. animals, plants, fungi), and species observations in nature. The data given represent data bases belonging to natural history museum collections, public authorities, research centra, NGO:s etc.
GBIF consists of a network of national nodes with an international secretariat located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Worldwide, ca. 50 GBIF-nodes may be found. In Swede nthe activities of GBIF is hosted and coordinated by the Swedis hMuseum of Natural History since 2003.
Here the national web-site is maintained, offering information on Swedish ca. 100 natural science collections and observational data bases (www.gbif.se). At the international web-site (www.gbif.org) users may find biological information by simultaneously searching all national GBIF data bases.
This project, which is part of the program “Assembling the Tree of Life" funded by the National Science Foundation in the US, focuses on the higher-level phylogeny of the Hymenoptera, particularly the relationships among higher groups of Apocrita. A few important superfamilies of parasitic wasps are studied in more detail (Ichneumonoidea, Chalcidoidea).
The Apocrita includes most of the well known groups of hymenopterans — such as ants, bees, and wasps — and constitutes one of the most species-rich groups of organisms on the planet. Both morphological and molecular data are used and the work involves a number of different entomologists in the US and abroad.
Morphbank is an image repository on the Web. It is open for all scientists interested in documenting and sharing research results in comparative anatomy, morphological phylogenetics, and biodiversity research.
The images can be downloaded in different resolutions and they can also be annotated by scientists throughout the world without compromising the original image file. Scientific publications and species descriptions can easily link to large numbers of high-resolution images in Morphbank.
MrBayes is software for Bayesian statistical inference of phylogenetic relationships. It is open-source software and one of the most widely used programs for this type of analysis.
It handles both morphological and molecular data and is applicable to all kinds of organisms from viruses to primates.