Vertebrate Biodiversity Data Networks
VertNet consists of four global diversity databases housed on independent web sites: Mammal Natworked Information System, Ornithological Information System, HerpNET, and FishNet 2.
Data Location: VertNet
Comments: This large-scale data repository organizes extensive publically available data and diversity information from primary data contributors acting to construct their datasets in a standardized fashion. Collectively the records contain over 84 million entries from 72 institutions, representing 70% of all vertebrate species occurence data accessible by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. VertNet is working to facilitate a cloud-based architecture for information systems to improve large-scale computing collaboration. Query instructions are available [HERE].
Citation: Constable H, Guralnick R, Wieczorek J, Spencer C, Peterson AT, et al. (2010) VertNet: A New Model for Biodiversity Data Sharing. PLoS Biol 8(2): e1000309. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000309