New Tools for Managing Morphology Data

Steve Shattuck Steve.Shattuck at ENTO.CSIRO.AU
Fri Sep 7 06:52:47 CEST 2001

New Tools for Managing Taxon- and Specimen-based Morphological 

The BioLink Team at CSIRO Entomology and the Academy of Natural Sciences 
in Philadelphia recently received funding from the US NSF to develop new 
tools and methods for managing morphological information. We will build 
on the traditions and foundation provided by DELTA and others working in 
this area. However, we are taking a "blank page" approach. This approach 
allows us to implement new and novel methods without being constrained 
by earlier assumptions and implementations. We can bring with us the 
best of the old and merge it with the best of the new, combining 
extensive understanding of managing taxonomic information with modern 
software development methods. This represents a quantum leap forward 
rather than a small evolutionary step. The result will be new tools that 
have little resemblance to the current DELTA software but provide new 
and enhanced features and functionality not currently possible.

The broad goals of this development can be found at

Community feedback on our ideas is essential, especially now before we 
caste them in code. We would like to know your views on the best 
features of the current DELTA system, and the worst. If you can spare a 
few minutes, please send your three most favourite and three least 
favourite DELTA features directly to us at biolink at or to 
the DELTA-L list. Together, we can make sure that identification tools 
continue to grow and meet the needs of taxonomy in the new century.

On behalf of the BioLink Team, thanks.

Steve Shattuck
CSIRO Entomology
biolink at

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