China adds user-friendly wildlife database

Aug 11, 2006

China has developed a unique wildlife database that is so user-friendly everyone from children to scientists can search it.

Designed for laymen as well as experts, the new database covers more than 3,000 endangered species, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.

It features a "fuzzy search" function that allows users to search via words that describe their visual impressions of a wild animal rather than having to use scientific jargon.

According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the database incorporates up-to-date information about wildlife conservation departments and natural reserves as well as laws and regulations.

"The database can be upgraded at any moment and information can be shared," the academy says. "It will help promote and standardize the country's wildlife conservation work."

Three government agencies promoted establishment of the database which was developed by Beijing Green Great Wall Science and Technology Company. The Web address for the database was not given.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Team defines new biodiversity metric

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics

Aug 11, 2014

In the classic 1967 movie, The Graduate, a newly minted college graduate played by Dustin Hoffman is told by an older friend that the future would be guided by "one word: plastics." Although the older man's ...

Researchers detail newly discovered deer migration

Apr 23, 2014

A team of researchers including University of Wyoming scientists has documented the longest migration of mule deer ever recorded, the latest development in an initiative to understand and conserve ungulate ...

Recommended for you

Team defines new biodiversity metric

8 hours ago

To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers led by City College of New York biologist Dr. Ana ...

Danish museum discovers unique gift from Charles Darwin

12 hours ago

The Natural History Museum of Denmark recently discovered a unique gift from one of the greatest-ever scientists. In 1854, Charles Darwin – father of the theory of evolution – sent a gift to his Danish ...

User comments : 0