DOL (DiversityofLife.org) is a web interface based on the Encino Software Project. It encompasses a set of server-side programs written in C and Perl combined with
a comprehensive relational database with a comprehensive set of SQL query tools and user-management functions. The
goal of DOL is to provide a “plug-and-play” management and server solution for biodiversity data, with tools for image database management and retrieval, morphological data management, diagnostic key generation, cladogram display and navigation, specimen data, descriptions, classifications and nomenclature.
DOL SISTER WEBSITES:
In addition to the main DOL and PSO websites hosted at Cornell, two other nodes have been added in 2006. One of these is now public:
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Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois. The webmaster and head curator of the site is Dan Nickrent, as specialist in parasitic plants. However, the site includes a wide variety of vascular plant photos of extremely high quality, and will be the server for a large project by Dale Vitt on bryophytes. The latter project will include new extensions to Encino that allow relational databasing of biomes classifications to images.
HELSINKI: Natural History Museum of Finland. This site serves beetle images and keys, but is not yet public. It should become public in fall 2006.
Since the software (Encino) thats serves DOL nodes is essentially plug-and-play, and is open source with a minimal
license requirement, if you are interested in developing your own DOL node, please contact email@example.com for more information. DOL is free to non-profit organizations and researchers with a collaboration agreement
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says that you will share all improvements with all other DOL projects and not distribute or use
code outside of the DOL community and DOL nodes).
The DOL system has been developed independently without any funding from granting agencies, in particular it has not been funded by NSF. Development of software has been mostly on a few (outdated) computers privately purchased by Kevin Nixon. The L. H. Bailey Hortorium (part of the
Department of Plant Biology) at Cornell University has provided hosting for the websites that are part of the core DOL implementation (www.plantsystematics.org, diversityoflife.org, etc.).
The L.H. Bailey Hortorium and BH Herbarium have also provided support for work-study students who have scanned and uploaded slides from the BH photographic slide collection (e.g., Hal Moore Jr. palm images), as well as
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scanning and uploading public domain illustrations for rare and unusual plant families.
Dennis Stevenson of the New York Botanical Garden provided the original classification
database for plants which was based mostly on the classification of Armen Takhtajan and which was entered and maintained by Daniel Atha.
Jan De Laet (now at GBIF) has contributed his programming skills to upgrade the online java cladogram viewer (now
The curatorial board (consisting mostly of staff members from the New York Botanical Garden) entirely without funding or any other rewards have contributed the bulk of the images on this site.
ROBOTS AND SPIDERS All robots and spiders are disallowed from this site with the exception of legitimate search engines. Many homegrown spiders are written in such a way that they degrade server performance by overloading the server with page requests. If you have a need to index or otherwise utilize data from this site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a specific request. Please note that ALL images on this site are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission. If you do not follow the rules, you will be disallowed from the site completely. We receive more than 1000 users on an average day, and server performance is critical to serve this community. Please follow the rules.