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Storing Vertebrates in the Cloud
August 23, 2011
University of California, Berkeley, is leading an NSF-funded effort to take information about the vertebrate collections in museums around the world and store it in "the cloud" for easy use by researchers and citizen scientists alike. VertNet combines four earlier databases--for mammals, birds, herps and fish--and makes them more easily searchable and viewable via powerful applications being developed to manipulate and display cloud-based data.
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