Managing and Sharing the Escalating Number of Sponge "Unknowns": The SpongeMaps Project

Hooper, J. N. A., Hall, K. A., Ekins, M., Erpenbeck, D., Woerheide, G. and Jolley-Rogers, G. (2013). Managing and Sharing the Escalating Number of Sponge "Unknowns": The SpongeMaps Project. In: Symposium on Assembling the Poriferan Tree of Life at the Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), San Francisco, California, (473-481). Jan 03-07, 2013. doi:10.1093/icb/ict038


Author Hooper, J. N. A.
Hall, K. A.
Ekins, M.
Erpenbeck, D.
Woerheide, G.
Jolley-Rogers, G.
Title of paper Managing and Sharing the Escalating Number of Sponge "Unknowns": The SpongeMaps Project
Conference name Symposium on Assembling the Poriferan Tree of Life at the Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB)
Conference location San Francisco, California
Conference dates Jan 03-07, 2013
Journal name Integrative and Comparative Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1093/icb/ict038
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISSN 1540-7063
1557-7023
Volume 53
Issue 3
Start page 473
End page 481
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Contemporary collections of sponges in the Indo-west Pacific have escalated substantially due to pharmaceutical discovery, national bioregional planning, and compliance with international conventions on the seabed and its marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdictions. These partially processed operational taxonomic unit (OTU) collections now vastly outweigh the expertise available to make them better "known" via complete taxonomy, yet for many bioregions they represent the most significant body of currently available knowledge. Increasing numbers of cryptic species, previously undetected morphologically, are now being discovered by molecular and chemical analyses. The uncoordinated and fragmented nature of many previous collections, however, means that knowledge and expertise gained from a particular project are often lost to future projects without a biodiversity informatics legacy. Integrating these diverse data (GIS; OTUs; images; molecular, chemical, and other datasets) required a two-way iterative process so far unavailable for sponges with existing biodiversity informatics tools. SpongeMaps arose from the initial need for online collaboration to integrate morphometric data with molecular barcodes, including the Porifera Tree of Life (PorTol) project. It provides interrogation of existing data to better process new collections; capacity to create new OTUs; publication of online pages for individual species, so as to interpret GIS and other data for online biodiversity databases and services; and automatic links to external datasets for taxonomic hierarchy, specimen GIS and mapping, DNA sequence data, chemical structures, and images.
Keyword Biodiversity
Diversity
Richness
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Sub-type: Fully published paper
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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